No. 1 With A Bullet

November 20, 1985

When Bobby Cremins (left) arrived at Georgia Tech in 1981, the team he inherited was every bit a Rambling Wreck—four wins and 23 losses the previous season. With a master's touch, the boy from New York City, who learned his stuff playing and coaching at South Carolina under another transplanted New Yorker, Frank McGuire, went to work and fashioned himself a band of solid gold. Rarely has a team zoomed so far so fast—to the very top of the charts in the first-ever SI Top 40 (right). Georgia Tech has all the makings of a group with staying power (page 50), but a record is only as good as its producer. With the 38-year-old Cremins at the controls, Georgia Tech should enjoy a long run as No. 1.

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THE SI TOP FORTY

1

Georgia Tech

2

Michigan

3

North Carolina

4

Georgetown

5

Duke

6

Illinois

7

Kansas

8

Louisiana State

9

Louisville

10

Syracuse

11

Auburn

12

Memphis State

13

Kentucky

14

Maryland

15

Alabama-Birmingham

16

Arkansas

17

Oklahoma

18

North Carolina State

19

DePaul

20

Iowa

21

Notre Dame

22

St. John's

23

Washington

24

Houston

25

Georgia

26

Pittsburgh

27

Indiana

28

Nevada-Las Vegas

29

UCLA

30

Navy

31

Texas-El Paso

32

Virginia

33

Old Dominion

34

Clemson

35

USC

36

Boston College

37

Northeastern

38

Villanova

39

Texas A&M

40

St. Joseph's

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)