The Rest 26-117

August 15, 2004

 

RANK

TEAM (FINAL 2003 AP RANK)

2003 RECORD

RETURNING STARTERS

Skinny (2003 stats unless otherwise indicated)

26

WISCONSIN

7--6

17

Senior TB Anthony Davis (3,021 total rushing yards in his first two seasons) is 100% after missing five games to ankle injuries

27

N.C. STATE

8--5

17

Freshman Marcus Stone is the leader to succeed Philip Rivers at QB; junior TB T.A. McLendon (11 TDs in nine games) is healthy

28

PURDUE (18)

9--4

11

Senior Kyle Orton completed 60% of his passes over last two seasons; adding a 6'9" receiver, sophomore Kyle Ingraham, is a plus

29

BOSTON COLLEGE

8--5

11

Winner of four straight bowls, Eagles must settle QB position and replace alltime rushing leader Derrick Knight to make a run at five

30

OREGON STATE

8--5

12

Senior Derek Anderson was second Pac-10 passer to throw for 4,000 yards in a season (4,058); he must cut down on INTs (24)

31

VIRGINIA

8--5

16

Speedy junior Marques Hagans takes over at QB and can look to All-America tight end Heath Miller (70 catches, 835 yards)

32

MEMPHIS

9--4

16

Explosive junior TB DeAngelo Williams rushed for 1,430 yards and led nation with 192.1 all-purpose yards per game

33

ALABAMA

4--9

15

Junior LB DeMeco Ryans set school record with 25 tackles against Arkansas, one of his five games with double-figure tackles

34

LOUISVILLE

9--4

16

Senior WR J.R. Russell was second in C-USA with 75 catches and 1,213 yards, becoming fifth Cardinals 1,000-yard receiver in six years

35

GEORGIA TECH

7--6

14

ACC Rookie of the Year QB Reggie Ball threw for 1,996 yards, fourth best alltime among conference freshmen

36

SOUTHERN MISS

9--4

13

Ball hawking junior CB John Eubanks scored on a fumble return, an interception return and a kickoff return

37

SOUTH CAROLINA

5--7

15

Gave up just 11 sacks thanks to hefty trio of LT Jabari Levey (320), C John Strickland (305) and RG Jonathan Alston (305)

38

VIRGINIA TECH

8--5

9

Senior Bryan Randall (1,996 passing yards, 15 TDs) won't have to split time at QB, because Marcus Vick was suspended for the year

39

TEXAS TECH

8--5

15

Senior QB Sonny Cumbie succeeds B.J. Symons at the helm of nation's most potent offense (582.8 yards per game)

40

FRESNO STATE

9--5

17

Former walk-on Garrett McIntyre, a junior DE, had 39 tackles, including 12 1/2 tackles for loss and eight sacks

41

NOTRE DAME

5--7

14

Opener at BYU offers sophomore QB Brady Quinn (nine TDs, 15 INTs) chance to convince alums he's their man

42

MARSHALL

8--4

13

Senior QB Stan Hill (1,767 yards, 15 TDs despite knee injury) and senior WR Josh Davis (2,975 career yards) are a dangerous combo

43

WASHINGTON STATE (9)

10--3

6

Junior LB Will Derting (86 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks) will carry Cougars defense that has just two returning starters

44

BOISE STATE (16)

13--1

9

Broncos' 11-game winning streak is nation's second longest; sophomore Jared Zabranski is leader to replace Ryan Dinwiddie at QB

45

COLORADO

5--7

11

Gary Barnett survived tumultuous off-season; will Buffs' last four games (Texas, at Kansas, Kansas State, at Nebraska) do him in?

46

MICHIGAN STATE

8--5

14

Who will replace QB Jeff Smoker? Senior Damon Dowdell, freshman Stephen Reaves and sophomore Drew Stanton will battle it out

47

SAN DIEGO STATE

6--6

16

Senior LB Kirk Morrison (115 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks) is reigning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year

48

OKLAHOMA STATE

9--4

15

Sophomore WR D'Juan Woods looks to fill the shoes of his brother Rashaun, who caught 77 passes for 1,367 yards and 15 TDs

49

WASHINGTON

6--6

12

Senior FB Zach Tuiasosopo, brother of former Huskies QB Marques, is one of the Pac-10's best blocking backs

50

PENN STATE

3--9

13

Joe Pa calls on youngster--64-year-old former Florida coach Galen Hall--to resuscitate Big Ten's worst offense (313.3 yards)

51

ARIZONA STATE

5--7

11

Senior QB Andrew Walter (back-to-back 3,000-yard passing seasons) has reliable target in junior Derek Hagan (66 catches)

52

ARKANSAS

9--4

4

Coach Houston Nutt, who flirted with Nebraska job, stuck with Hogs and QB Matt Jones (1,917 passing yards, 707 rushing yards)

53

OLE MISS (13)

10--3

10

Junior QB Micheal Spurlock (7 of 8 passing, 118 yards in career) has toughest job in college football: replacing Eli Manning

54

UCLA

6--7

13

Luxury model: Sure-handed junior TE Mercedes Lewis (30 receptions) complements senior WR Craig Bragg (73)

55

TEXAS A&M

4--8

14

Courtney Lewis had second-most rushing yards (1,024) by an Aggies freshman and was first A&M back to get 1,000 since 1998

56

PITTSBURGH

8--5

10

Junior Luke Getsy (13 passes) and senior WR Princell Brockenbrough (35 catches) replace Rod Rutherford and Larry Fitzgerald

57

NEW MEXICO

8--5

9

Junior RB DonTrell Moore set Lobos' single-season rushing mark with 1,450 yards and scored 21 touchdowns, 19 rushing

58

NORTHWESTERN

6--7

17

Junior DE Loren Howard led Wildcats with 16 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hurries and eight sacks

59

TULSA

8--5

17

Looking to build on seven-win improvement (best turnaround in nation) behind senior QB James Kilian (2,217 passing yards)

60

SYRACUSE

6--6

9

On hot seat: Coach Paul Pasqualoni (33--27 since 1999) needs big year from senior RB Walter Reyes (1,347 yards, 21 TDs)

61

COLORADO STATE

7--6

12

Junior WR David Anderson had 72 catches for a Mountain West--best 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns

62

HAWAII

9--5

15

Senior QB Timmy Chang needs 2,218 passing yards to surpass Ty Detmer's NCAA career record of 15,031

63

KANSAS

6--7

16

Jayhawks could make noise if sophomore Adam Barmann passes as well as departed Bill Whittemore (No. 9 in passing efficiency)

64

ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM

5--7

18

Sophomore WR Nick Coon averaged 36.2 yards per catch, and three of his 10 receptions went for touchdowns

65

CONNECTICUT

9--3

17

Senior QB Dan Orlovsky has thrown a touchdown pass in 24 straight games, a stretch during which Huskies went 15--9

66

SOUTH FLORIDA

7--4

15

Sixth-year senior DT Lee Roy Selmon Jr., son of NFL Hall of Famer, anchors defense for Bulls, who join Big East in 2005

67

NAVY

8--5

15

Nation's best ground attack (323.2 yards per game) buoyed by senior backs Kyle Eckel (1,249 yards) and Eric Roberts (630)

68

NORTH CAROLINA

2--10

15

Senior WR Jawarski Pollock, ACC's top returning pass catcher, pulled down school-record 71 receptions

69

RUTGERS

5--7

15

Junior QB Ryan Hart set school records for pass attempts (398), completions (234) and yards (2,714)

70

BOWLING GREEN (23)

11--3

17

Senior WR Cole Magner (99 catches, 1,138 yards), junior TB P.J. Pope (1,005 yards) pick up slack for departed QB Josh Harris

71

WAKE FOREST

5--7

14

Junior RB Chris Barclay was second in ACC in rushing with 1,192 yards on 235 carries, and he scored 12 touchdowns

72

NORTHERN ILLINOIS

10--2

13

Senior QB Josh Haldi (2,544 yards, 25 TDs) will try to recapture the magic of Huskies' breakout 2003 campaign

73

KENTUCKY

4--8

15

Senior QB Shane Boyd, Jared Lorenzen's backup for last two years, can run but must improve on 34.9% completion rate

74

MIAMI (OHIO) (10)

13--1

17

Junior Josh Betts (19 of 36, 263 yards) takes over at QB for RedHawks' alltime leading passer Ben Roethlisberger

75

STANFORD

4--7

14

Had nation's worst pass defense (296.3 yards), but senior FS Oshiomogho Atogwe (90 tackles) is among nine starters back on D

76

HOUSTON

7--6

17

With 3,131 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions, QB Kevin Kolb was C-USA freshman of the year

77

ARIZONA

2--10

19

Junior RB Mike Bell, Pac-10's top returning rusher (920 yards), is one of nine returning starters on offense

78

NORTH TEXAS

9--4

14

Senior RB Patrick Cobbs led nation in rushing (152.7 yards per game) and contributed 19 TDs

79

VANDERBILT

2--10

21

Commodores are most experienced team in SEC and have a defensive stopper in Junior DE Jovan Haye (8 1/2 sacks)

80

AIR FORCE

7--5

6

Junior QB Andy Gray, fresh off two-year Mormon mission, succeeds Chance Harridge after Adam Fitch tore Achilles in spring

81

ILLINOIS

1--11

14

Senior QB Jon Beutjer, awarded sixth year of eligibility, needs to improve on subpar performance (10 TDs, nine INTs)

82

MISSISSIPPI STATE

2--10

14

First-year coach Sylvester Croom (Alabama, class of '75) faces Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 6

83

INDIANA

2--10

19

Ten starters return on offense, led by sophomore RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (203 rushing yards against Penn State)

84

CINCINNATI

5--7

16

New coach Mark Dantonio, former Ohio State defensive coordinator, inherits school's alltime leading passer, senior Gino Guidugli

85

UNLV

6--6

13

Senior WR Earvin Johnson (60 catches, 834 yards) needs QB Kurt Nantkes (12 TDs, 10 INTs) to be more consistent

86

BYU

4--8

10

Cougars' strength is their defense led by senior safety Aaron Francisco, who had 116 tackles and three interceptions

87

IOWA STATE

2--10

13

Cyclones turn to redshirt freshman QB Bret Meyer to boost 116th-ranked scoring offense (14.4 points per game)

88

BAYLOR

3--9

14

Oct. 2 game at Texas will not be fun: Longhorns have outscored Bears 97--0 over past two years and 286--44 since 1998

89

TULANE

5--7

16

Green Wave has a stud in All-C-USA senior WR Roydell Williams, who had 66 receptions for 1,006 yards and nine TDs

90

AKRON

7--5

12

First-year coach J.D. Brookhart has a building block in senior QB Charlie Frye (8,426 career passing yards and 46 TDs)

91

DUKE

4--8

13

Senior Senterrio Landrum averaged 28.4 yards per kick return (25 for 709) and added 11 catches for 101 yards as a WR

92

RICE

5--7

14

Owls had school-record 3,800 rushing yards, led by Thomas Lott (714), whose 7.3 yards per carry was second-best in nation

93

WYOMING

4--8

12

Oh, brother: Junior Corey Bramlet (14 career attempts) takes over for Casey, who directed Mountain West's top passing attack

94

WESTERN MICHIGAN

5--7

11

Transfer Ryan Cubit, who set Rutgers freshman passing marks in 2001, will battle junior Blayne Baggett for QB job

95

CENTRAL FLORIDA

3--9

15

Unproven sophomore QB Steven Moffett and tough schedule make for a bumpy return to college coaching for George O'Leary

96

TROY STATE

6--6

17

Senior FS Derrick Ansley led Trojans in tackles (94) and interceptions (9) and was second in pass breakups (10)

97

LOUISIANA TECH

5--7

16

Bulldogs will ride junior RB Ryan Moats, who rushed for 1,300 yards and 10 TDs and had six straight 100-yard games

98

EAST CAROLINA

1--11

12

New offensive coordinator Noah Brindise looks to improve nation's 104th-ranked offense (311.3 yards per game)

99

NEW MEXICO STATE

3--9

13

Aggies will rely on senior Buck Pierce, who threw for 1,510 passing yards and seven TDs and completed 69.4% of his passes

100

NEVADA

6--6

11

Chris Ault, the school's alltime winningest coach (163-63-1), is back on the sideline after serving as Wolfpack's athletic director

101

UTEP

2--11

17

Mike Price (20--4 in final two seasons at Washington State) takes over program that won six times over last three years

102

TEMPLE

1--11

16

Standout junior LB Rian Wallace (148 tackles) deserves better than a team that will struggle against even I-AA Florida A&M

103

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

3--9

17

MAC freshman of year Jerry Seymour set conference mark for first-year RBs with 1,117 rushing yards in just nine games

104

UTAH STATE

3--9

10

Senior QB Travis Cox, who passed for 2,791 yards and 18 touchdowns, led Sun Belt Conference in total offense

105

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

4--8

10

Sophomore QB Jerry Babb led Ragin' Cajuns to victories in four of their last five games, but he will miss departed WR Fred Stamps

106

KENT STATE

5--7

16

Golden Flashes get senior QB Joshua Cribbs (2,424 passing yards, 14 TDs) back after one-game suspension for drug possession

107

BALL STATE

4--8

12

David Letterman's alma mater has dominating WR in Dante Ridgeway (89 catches, 1,075 yards, 10 TDs)

108

ARKANSAS STATE

5--7

11

Mismatch of year: Indians travel to LSU to face co--national champs, who have outscored them 112--20 in previous two meetings

109

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

4--8

12

Senior WR Kerry Wright set a Sun Belt Conference record with 1,280 receiving yards and scored nine touchdowns

110

SMU

0--12

17

Mustangs looking for a big year from junior Rolando Humphrey (49 tackles, seven pass breakups), their most talented corner

111

SAN JOSE STATE

3--8

7

Mighty mite TB Lamar Ferguson (5'5") is back after missing 2003 with knee injury; he rushed for team-best 634 yards in '02

112

LOUISIANA-MONROE

1--11

15

Worst scoring defense (38.9 points a game) in Sun Belt has nine starters back, including senior LB John Winchester (91 tackles)

113

OHIO

2--10

17

Senior inside LB Dennis Chukwuemeka (100 tackles in 10 games) is Bobcats' leader up front

114

EASTERN MICHIGAN

3--9

16

Senior TB Anthony Sherrell had 1,531 rushing yards, including eight consecutive games with 100 or more

115

ARMY

0--13

18

New boss Bobby Ross (94-76-2 as a college coach) tries to rebuild a team that has lost 24 of its last 25 games

116

IDAHO

3--9

20

Vandals hope success runs in family: Junior QB Michael Harrington, brother of Detroit Lions' Joey, will be under center

117

BUFFALO

1--11

16

Mr. Irrelevant Game: Bulls travel to Ohio U on Sept. 25; last year's 26--17 victory over Bobcats was Buffalo's only win

COLOR PHOTODAVID STLUKA BADGEREDOrton (sans helmet) and Purdue will have another tough Big Ten matchup with Wisconsin on Oct. 16. DAVID STLUKA
COLOR PHOTOAJ MAST/ICON SMI (GREEN-ELLIS) AIRBORNEGreen-Ellis carries the hopes of Indiana. COLOR PHOTOBRIAN BAHR/GETTY IMAGES HANDS-ONHumphrey anchors SMU’s secondary.

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