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Aug. 21, 2006
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Compiled by Mark Beech and Gene Menez

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This is an article from the Aug. 21, 2006 issue

1 OHIO STATE ...BIG TEN

2 NOTRE DAME ...INDEPENDENT

3 TEXAS ... BIG12

4 LSU ... SEC

5 USC ...PAC-10

6 WEST VIRGINIA... BIG EAST

7 AUBURN ...SEC

8 CAL ...PAC-10

9 FLORIDA ...SEC

10 MICHIGAN ...BIG TEN

11 GEORGIA ...SEC

12 FLORIDA STATE... ACC

13 LOUISVILLE ...BIG EAST

14 OKLAHOMA ...BIG 12

15 CLEMSON ...ACC

16 ARIZONA STATE... PAC-10

17 MIAMI ...ACC

18 NEBRASKA ...BIG 12

19 PENN STATE ...BIG TEN

20 OREGON ...PAC-10

21 IOWA ... BIGTEN

22 VIRGINIA ...TECH ACC

23 BOISE STATE... WAC

24 ARKANSAS ...SEC

25 TEXAS ... TECHBIG 12

26 UTAH ...MOUNTAIN WEST

27 TEXAS A&M... BIG 12

28 TCU ...MOUNTAIN WEST

29 BOSTON ...COLLEGE ACC

30 FRESNO STATE... WAC

31 IOWA STATE ...BIG 12

32 GEORGIA TECH... ACC

33 MICHIGAN STATE... BIG TEN

34 TENNESSEE ...SEC

35 WISCONSIN ...BIG TEN

36 SOUTH CAROLINA... SEC

37 COLORADO ...BIG 12

38 ALABAMA ...SEC

39 MISSOURI ...BIG 12

40 MARYLAND ...ACC

41 NORTHERNILLINOIS ... MAC

42 PURDUE ... BIGTEN

43 BYU ...MOUNTAIN WEST

44 VIRGINIA ...ACC

45 UCLA ...PAC-1O

46 CENTRALFLORIDA ... C-USA

47 RUTGERS ...BIG EAST

48 NORTH CAROLINA... ACC

49 SOUTHERN MISS... C-USA

50 SOUTH FLORIDA... BIG EAST

51 WASHINGTONSTATE ... PAC-10

52 TULSA ...C-USA

53 NEVADA ...WAC

54 ARIZONA ...PAC-10

55 BAYLOR ... BIG12

56 AKRON ...MAC

57 NORTHWESTERN... BIG TEN

58 UTEP ...C-USA

59 NAVY ...INDEPENDENT

60 PITTSBURGH ...BIG EAST

61 TOLEDO ...MAC

62 MINNESOTA ...BIG TEN

63 WAKE FOREST... ACC

64 CONNECTICUT... BIG EAST

65 KENTUCKY ...SEC

66 KANSAS ... BIG12

67 N.C. STATE ...ACC

68 KANSAS STATE... BIG 12

69 HOUSTON ...C-USA

70 MIAMI (OHIO)... MAC

71 HAWAII ...WAC

72 SAN DIEGO ST.... MOUNTAIN WEST

73 SMU ...C-USA

74 BOWLING GREEN... MAC

75 MISSISSIPPI... SEC

76 STANFORD ...PAC-10

77 MEMPHIS ...C-USA

78 MISSISSIPPISTATE ... SEC

79 OREGON STATE... PAC-10

80 COLORADO ST.... MOUNTAIN WEST

81 OHIO ...MAC

82ALA.-BIRMINGHAM ... C-USA

83 CENTRALMICHIGAN ... MAC

84 NEW MEXICO ...MOUNTAIN WEST

85 WESTERNMICHIGAN ... MAC

86 LOUISIANA TECH... WAC

87 LA.-LAFAYETTE... SUN BELT

88 ARMY ...INDEPENDENT

89 ILLINOIS ...BIG TEN

90 AIR FORCE ...MOUNTAIN WEST

91 VANDERBILT ...SEC

92 UNLV MOUNTAIN... WEST

93 ARKANSAS STATE... SUN BELT

94 SAN JOSE STATE... WAC

95 INDIANA ...BIG TEN

96 OKLAHOMA STATE... BIG 12

97 CINCINNATI ...BIG EAST

98 WASHINGTON ...PAC-10

99 SYRACUSE ...BIG EAST

100 DUKE ...ACC

101 MARSHALL ...C-USA

102 TROY ... SUNBELT

103 KENT STATE... MAC

104 WYOMING ...MOUNTAIN WEST

105 BALL STATE... MAC

106 EAST CAROLINA... C-USA

107 LA.-MONROE... SUN BELT

108 TULANE ...C-USA

109 NORTH TEXAS... SUN BELT

110 UTAH STATE... WAC

111 MIDDLETENNESSEE ... SUN BELT

112 IDAHO ...WAC

113 BUFFALO ...MAC

114 NEW MEXICOSTATE ... WAC

115 EASTERNMICHIGAN ... MAC

116 RICE ...C-USA

117 FLA.INTERNATIONAL ... SUN BELT

118 FLA. ATLANTIC... SUN BELT

119 TEMPLE ...INDEPENDENT

CONFERENCERANKINGS

1. SEC There arefour teams ranked in the top 11 and eight teams in the top 40; no conference isstronger top to bottom.

2. BIG TEN Theleague has two clear favorites, but it could finish the year with as many asfive teams in the top 20.

3. BIG 12 TheSouth has a pair of heavyweights and a couple of teams ready to break out,while four teams in the North could surprise.

4. ACC With nineschools in the top 50, the balance is hard to overlook. All that's missing is adominant team.

5. PAC-10 WhileUSC's run has been impressive, it's time for another challenger to step up inthis top-heavy conference.

6. BIG EAST Wherewould the weakest BCS conference be without West Virginia and Louisville?

7. MOUNTAIN WESTThis is the mid-major most likely to snatch a bid in the first year of theexpanded BCS.

8. WAC Ifwide-open offenses and high-scoring games are your thing, this is theconference you're looking for.

9. CONFERENCE USAThe league is quietly gaining respectability with Central Florida, SouthernMiss and Tulsa leading the way.

10. MAC The teamsat the top can play with some of the big boys, but the league gets dragged downby its weak sisters.

11. SUN BELTTeams from BCS conferences seeking wins to become bowl-eligible should lookhere.

SI'S ALL-AMERICATEAM

OFFENSE

WR DWAYNE JARRETT... USC

T SAM BAKER ...USC

G JOSH BEEKMAN... Boston College

C DAN MOZES ...West Virginia

G MIKE JONES ...Iowa

T JUSTIN BLALOCK... Texas

TE GREG OLSEN ...Miami

WR JEFFSAMARDZIJA ... Notre Dame

QB BRADY QUINN... Notre Dame

RB ADRIANPETERSON ... Oklahoma

RB STEVE SLATON... West Virginia

K MASON CROSBY... Colorado

KR TERRYRICHARDSON ... Arizona State

DEFENSE

DE QUENTIN MOSES... Georgia

DT MARCUS THOMAS... Florida

DT BRANDON MEBANE... Cal

DE LAWRENCEJACKSON ... USC

LB PAUL POSLUSZNY... Penn State

LB PATRICK WILLIS... Ole Miss

LB RUFUSALEXANDER ... Oklahoma

CB DARRELLE REVIS... Pitt

FS LARON LANDRY... LSU

SS BRANDONMERIWEATHER ... Miami

CB ANTOINE CASON... Arizona

P DANIELSEPULVEDA ... Baylor

PR TED GINN JR.... Ohio State

COACHES ON THERISE

GENE CHIZIK
TEXAS
This co--defensive coordinator, the hottest assistant in the game, is awaitingthe right opportunity.

RANDY EDSALL
CONNECTICUT
In seven years he took the Huskies from I-AA to I-A and won the school's firstbowl game.

STEVEKRAGTHORPE
TULSA
In 2005, his third season, he won the C-USA title and upset Fresno State in theLiberty Bowl.

COACHES ON THEHOT SEAT

RICH BROOKSKENTUCKY
He's 9-25 overall, 4-20 in the SEC. The conference wins? All over Vandy andMississippi State.

LARRY COKERMIAMI
Consecutive 9-3 seasons don't cut it at the U. Coker fired four assistantsafter '05. He may be next.

CHUCK AMATO N.C.STATE
Underachieving Wolfpack was 3-5 in the ACC in '05, even with three first-rounddraft picks on D.

[This articlecontains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

BOWL PROJECTIONS

POINSETTIADec. 19San DiegoSan Diego State vs. Miami (Ohio)
LAS VEGASDec. 21Las VegasTCU vs. UCLA
NEW ORLEANSDec. 22New OrleansLa.-Lafayette vs. UTEP
NEW MEXICODec. 23AlbuquerqueUtah vs. Nevada
BIRMINGHAMDec. 23BirminghamSouthern Miss vs. South Florida
FORT WORTHDec. 23Fort WorthBYU vs. SMU
HAWAIIDec. 24HonoluluNorth Carolina vs. Hawaii
MOTOR CITYDec. 26DetroitMissouri vs. Northern Illinois
EMERALDDec. 27San FranciscoFresno State vs. Maryland
INDEPENDENCEDec. 28Shreveport, La.South Carolina vs. Colorado
TEXASDec. 28HoustonBaylor vs. Pittsburgh
HOLIDAYDec. 28San DiegoArizona State vs. Texas A&M
MUSIC CITYDec. 29NashvilleAlabama vs. Boston College
INSIGHTDec. 29Tempe, Ariz.Purdue vs. Iowa State
SUNDec. 29El PasoLouisville vs. Oregon
CHAMP SPORTSDec. 29OrlandoMichigan State vs. Virginia Tech
MEINEKE CAR CAREDec. 30CharlotteGeorgia Tech vs. Navy
LIBERTYDec. 30MemphisCentral Florida vs. Connecticut
CHICK-FIL-ADec. 30AtlantaClemson vs. Arkansas
ALAMODec. 30San AntonioTexas Tech vs. Wisconsin
MPC COMPUTERSDec. 31Boise, IdahoBoise State vs. Virginia
OUTBACKJan. 1TampaIowa vs. Tennessee
COTTONJan. 1DallasOklahoma vs. Georgia
GATORJan. 1JacksonvilleMiami vs. Nebraska
CAPITAL ONEJan. 1OrlandoFlorida vs. Penn State
INTERNATIONALJan. 6TorontoToledo vs. Rutgers
GMACJan. 7MobileTulsa vs. Akron

BCS MATCHUPS

ROSEJan. 1PasadenaUSC vs. Michigan
FIESTAJan. 1Glendale, Ariz.Texas vs. Cal
ORANGEJan. 2MiamiAuburn vs. Florida State
SUGARJan. 3New OrleansLSU vs. West Virginia
BCSJan. 8Glendale, Ariz.Ohio State vs. Notre Dame


PHOTOTOM DAHLIN ON THELINE
Minnesota has been to four straight bowls but wideout Logan Payne and theGophers will be hard-pressed to make it five.
SIX PHOTOSDARREN CARROLL (CHIZIK); AL TIELEMANS (EDSALL); BILLY HEFTON/ICON SMI (KRAGTHORPE); JOHN SOMMERS II/ICON SMI (BROOKS); WARREN ZINN/US PRESSWIRE (COKER); GREG DRZAZGOWSKI/ICON SMI (AMATO) PHOTONICK DOAN/ICON SMI THEYMEET AGAIN
Notre Dame's Tom Zbikowski (9) and Ohio State's Ted Ginn Jr. will butt headsonce more, this time for the national title.