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ONE TO 108 BEGINNING WITH THE BEST (SOUTHERN CAL) AND ENDING WITH THE WORST (OHIO), WE RANK EVERY DIVISION I-A TEAM AND INDICATE ITS CONFERENCE AFFILIATION BY COLORED SYMBOL

Aug. 28, 1995
Aug. 28, 1995

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Aug. 28, 1995

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ONE TO 108 BEGINNING WITH THE BEST (SOUTHERN CAL) AND ENDING WITH THE WORST (OHIO), WE RANK EVERY DIVISION I-A TEAM AND INDICATE ITS CONFERENCE AFFILIATION BY COLORED SYMBOL

Team/'94 Record/'95 Projection/The Skinny

This is an article from the Aug. 28, 1995 issue Original Layout

1. Southern Cal 8-3-1 11-0
Will win first national championship since 1978

2. Auburn 9-1-1 10-1
Entire O-line is back to help Stephen Davis's Heisman bid

3. Texas A&M 10-0-1 10-1
Leeland McElroy's kickoff-return average is 42.4 yards

4. Nebraska 13-0 10-1
Eight top prospects committed without visiting the campus

5. Florida State 10-1-1 10-1
Sunshine Slate: Plays Central Florida, Miami and Florida

6. Florida 10-2-1 10-1
Since 1992 the Gators are 0-5-1 vs. father and son Bowden

7. Penn State 12-0 10-1
Seventeen-game winning streak is the division's longest

8. Colorado 11-1 9-2
Rick Neuheisel, 34, is the second-youngest Division I-A coach

9. Tennessee 8-4 9-2
The Volunteers are 37-1 in November over the last decade

10. Notre Dame 6-5-1 9-2
Uncle Sam says, "I want Lou." Irish play Army, Navy, Air Force

11. Oklahoma 6-6 9-2
Howard Schnellenberger inherits 17 returning starters

12. Alabama 12-1 9-2
The Tide is on probation for the first time in its history

13. Miami 10-2 8-3
Jammi German and Yatil Green: the nation's best wideouts?

14. Michigan 8-4 9-3
Easy home slate: Memphis, Miami of Ohio and Minnesota

15. North Carolina State 9-3 8-3
Quarterback-pitcher Terry Harvey has school strikeout record

16. Washington 7-4 8-3
Back in the hunt after serving two-year NCAA probation

17. Colorado State 10-2 9-2
The Rams have the WAC's best defense

18. Boston College 6-5-1 8-4
Plays Big Ten teams Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State

19. Arizona 8-4 8-3
Tedy Bruschi anchors the nation's best defensive line

20. Texas 8-4 8-4
Defensive end Tony Brackens is a real-life cowboy

21. Kansas State 9-3 8-3
Wildcats may be 6-0 when they visit Nebraska on Oct. 21

22. Ohio State 9-4 7-5
Buckeyes had three players leave early for the NFL draft

23. South Carolina 7-5 7-4
Steve Taneyhill had top completion percentage (.629) in SEC

24. Brigham Young 10-3 8-3
J.C. transfer Steve Sarkisian is preseason All-WAC

25. Illinois 7-5 6-5
Simeon Rice has 33 sacks in 35 games as an Illini

26. West Virginia 7-6 9-2
Aaron Beasley had a nation-high 10 interceptions last fall

27. UCLA 5-6 8-3
Kevin Jordan needs 19 receptions to break school record

28. Virginia 9-3 8-4
Seven starters back for the nation's best rush defense in '94

29. Wisconsin 7-4-1 7-4
Flat-topped quarterback Darrell Bevell resembles Johnny U.

30. Mississippi State 8-4 7-4
Brutal slate: Bulldogs play at Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama

31. California 4-7 9-2
Wideout Iheanyi Uwaezuoke is a typographical terror

32. Virginia Tech 8-3 7-4
The Hokies have gone 25-8-1 at home since 1989

33. Texas Christian 7-5 8-3
Four Frog opponents won a total of three games in '94

34. Syracuse 7-4 7-4
Nine offensive linemen weigh more than 300 pounds apiece

35. North Carolina 8-4 7-4
Quarterback Mike Thomas was All-ACC in 1992--as a punter

36. Oregon 9-4 6-5
Don't expect the Ducks to return to the Rose Bowl in '95

37. Louisiana State 4-7 6-5
NCAA gave Tigers O.K. to wear white home jerseys again

38. Indiana 6-5 6-5
John Mellencamp built Hoosiers an indoor practice facility

39. Baylor 7-5 6-5
BMOC: 6'6", 400-pound freshman guard Patrick Dukes

40. Clemson 5-6 5-6
Former Tiger quarterback Patrick Sapp starts at linebacker

41. Purdue 4-5-2 5-6
Mike Alstott is school's first 1,000-yard rusher since '76

42. Georgia 6-4-1 5-6
Home schedule includes Auburn, Alabama and Florida

43. Louisville 6-5 7-4
Best player, tackle Roman Oben, is from Cameroon

44. Fresno State 5-7-1 8-4
Coach Jim Sweeney signed 20 J.C. transfers last winter

45. Kansas 6-5 7-4
Quarterback Ben Rutz, center Jim Stiebel Nebraska transfers

46. Duke 8-4 5-6
No 7-0 start this year: Blue Devils open at Florida State

47. Texas Tech 6-6 5-6
Quarterback Zebbie Lethridge: SWC Newcomer of Year in '94

48. Oklahoma State 3-7-1 6-6
The Cowboys haven't won a Big Eight game in three years

49. Iowa 5-5-1 6-5
Sedrick Shaw: school's second 1,000-yard sophomore rusher

50. Southern Mississippi 6-5 7-4
Defense was No. 1 in takeaways in '94

51. Air Force 8-4 6-6
Falcons were second in the nation in rushing last season

52. Maryland 4-7 5-6
Quarterback Scott Milanovich is also the ACC's top punter

53. Washington State 8-4 5-6
Only three first-stringers back from nation's second-rated D

54. Memphis 6-5 6-5
The Tigers had the No. 3 defense in the country in '94

55. Bowling Green 9-2 10-1 Under Gary Blackney the Falcons are
28-2-2 in conference

56. Minnesota 3-8 4-7
Agoraphobe's dream: Gophers don't play outside until Oct. 21

57. Rice 5-6 5-6
These Owls can't fly: Rice was 105th in passing last season

58. Wyoming 6-6 5-6
Marcus Harris led the country in receiving yardage in '94

59. Rutgers 5-5-1 5-6
Terrell Willis is 595 yards shy of school's alltime rushing mark

60. Michigan State 5-6 4-7
Tough debut for new coach Nick Saban: Sept. 9 vs. Nebraska

61. Mississippi 4-7 5-6
Young Miss: Assistant coaches' average age is 35

62. Arizona State 3-8 4-7
The Sun Devils suffered 700 injuries last year

63. Nevada 9-2 7-4
Quarterback Mike Maxwell led nation in total offense in '94

64. Utah 10-2 5-6
Linemen Jeff and Henry Kaufusi coached by brother Steve

65. Arkansas 4-7 4-7
New coordinator Joe Lee Dunn had best D in '93 at Ole Miss

66. Oregon State 4-7 4-7
The Beavers haven't had a winning season since 1970

67. Missouri 3-8-1 5-6
The Tigers were 0-6 at Faurot Field last season

68. Vanderbilt 5-6 3-8
The Commodores have 19 starters coming back

69. Toledo 6-4-1 8-3
Must win at Bowling Green or Western Michigan for MAC title

70. Stanford 3-7-1 3-8
Cardinal's best hitter, unfortunately, is on the golf team

71. East Carolina 7-5 5-6
Blanked by Illinois in Liberty Bowl, but 18 starters return

72. Southern Methodist 1-9-1 3-8
Mustangs had the worst pass defense in the country in '94

73. Northern Illinois 4-7 7-4
Four starters on the offensive line are Canadian

74. Pittsburgh 3-8 2-9
Tony Dorsett's son, Anthony, is a starting cornerback

75. Georgia Tech 1-10 3-8
Forty players started at least one game last fall

76. Western Michigan 7-4 7-4
Jay McDonagh's bootlegs dubbed Kalamazookeepers

77. Southwestern Louisiana 6-5 7-4
Kicker Mike Shafer was 14 for 14 on field goals in '94

78. San Diego State 4-7 4-8
Former coach Claude Gilbert (1973-80) returns to lead the D

79. Northwestern 3-7-1 3-8
Ominous sign: Wildcats' best player is punter Paul Burton

80. Wake Forest 3-8 2-9
Last year opponents scored first in every game

81. Kentucky 1-10 2-9
Run-down: The Wildcats were 106th against the rush in '94

82. Nevada-Las Vegas 7-4 6-5
Top receiver Demond Thompkins is back from suspension

83. Tulsa 3-8 4-7
The only independent among WAC's six new teams for '96

84. Cincinnati 2-8-1 3-8
Phillip Curry set school record for tackles by freshman (112)

85. Tulane 1-10 3-8
Jeff Liggon gained 1,038 yards in '94 on 44 kickoff returns

86. Ball State 5-5-1 6-5
Identical twins Raphael and Raphaol Ball start at cornerback

87. Temple 2-9 1-10
First three foes: Kansas State, West Virginia and Penn State

88. New Mexico 5-7 4-7
Lobos play first four games-and seven all told-at home

89. Miami of Ohio 5-5-1 4-7
Deland McCullough has led team in rushing for three years

90. Northeast Louisiana 3-8 4-7
Despite record, Indians were impressive in I-A debut last fall

91. Hawaii 3-8-1 3-9
WAC opponents were 5-0 in Aloha Stadium in '94

92. Iowa State 0-10-1 2-9
Tailback Troy Davis: Florida's '93 high school Player of Year

93. Pacific 6-5 3-8
Trip to Nebraska guarantees a loss and a $400,000 payday

94. Central Michigan 9-3 4-7
MAC champ has only nine first-stringers coming back

95. Army 4-7 3-8
Cadet defense recovered only one fumble in '94

96. UTEP 3-7-1 3-9
No quarterback on Miner roster played a down last season

97. Navy 3-8 3-8
Wideout Shaun Stephenson was a marine in Desert Storm

98. Eastern Michigan 5-6 4-7
Steve Clay led division in punt-return average (19.9) in '94

99. New Mexico State 3-8 3-8
Aggie defense yielded 38.4 points per game last fall

100. Utah State 3-8 3-8
New coach John Smith was a big winner (.716) at Idaho

101. Houston 1-10 1-10
"We'll be happy to be in your Top 100," says a Cougar official

102. Louisiana Tech 3-8 1-10
Bulldogs play only three home games this season

103. North Texas 7-4-1 1-10
The '94 Southland Conference champ moves up to I-A

104. San Jose State 3-8 1-10
Upset! Spartans were admitted to the WAC over Nevada

105. Kent 2-9 3-8
Offense that was 105th nationally a year ago returns intact

106. Arkansas State 1-10 2-9
Indians have only three wins vs. I-A foes this decade

107. Akron 1-10 2-9
Looking forward to its game against Ohio on Oct. 21

108. Ohio 0-11 1-10
Looking forward to its game against Akron on Oct. 21

COLOR PHOTO: RICK STEWART[Football player centerfold with rankings of Division I-A teams superimposed over him]COLOR PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYER Michigan and Notre Dame both stack up as Top 25 teams. [Michigan playing Notre Dame in football]