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Aug. 20, 2007
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Aug. 20, 2007

Fantasy Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Baseball
PRO FOOTBALL
GOLF
College Football Preview 2007

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HOW THEY'LL FINISH

This is an article from the Aug. 20, 2007 issue

 CONFERENCE OVERALL 
MOUNTAIN WESTW-LPCTW-LPCT
TCU7–1.87510–2.833
BYU6–2.7509–3.750
UTAH6–2.7508–4.667
WYOMING5–3.6257–5.583
NEW MEXICO4–4.5007–5.583
COLORADO STATE3–5.3755–7.417
SAN DIEGO STATE2–6.2503–9.250
AIR FORCE2–6.2504–8.333
UNLV1–7.1252–10.167
 
SUN BELTW-LPCTW-LPCT
TROY6–1.8577–5.583
MIDDLE TENNESSEE5–2.7147–5.583
ARKANSAS STATE5–2.7146–6.500
FLORIDA ATLANTIC4–3.5714–8.333
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE4–3.5715–7.417
LOUISIANA-MONROE3–4.4294–8.333
NORTH TEXAS1–6.1432–10.167
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL0–7.0000–12.000
 
WACW-LPCTW-LPCT
BOISE STATE8–01.00011–1.917
HAWAII7–1.87511–1.917
FRESNO STATE5–3.6257–5.583
SAN JOSE STATE5–3.6257–5.583
NEVADA4–4.5006–6.500
NEW MEXICO STATE4–4.5006–7.462
IDAHO2–6.2504–8.333
LOUISIANA TECH1–7.1252–10.167
UTAH STATE0–8.0000–12.000
 
INDEPENDENTSW-LPCT
NAVY8–4.667
NOTRE DAME7–5.583
ARMY2–10.167
 
CONFERENCE USA
EASTW-LPCTW-LPCT
SOUTHERN MISS6–2.7508–4.667
MARSHALL6–2.7507–5.583
CENTRAL FLORIDA5–3.6256–6.500
MEMPHIS5–3.6257–5.583
EAST CAROLINA3–5.3754–8.333
ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM1–7.1252–10.167
 
WEST
TULSA6–2.7508–4.667
HOUSTON6–2.7508–4.667
UTEP5–3.6257–5.583
SMU4–4.5006–6.500
RICE1–7.1252–10.167
TULANE0–8.0002–10.167
Conference Championship Game: Dec. 1 Southern Missover Tulsa
MACW-LPCTW-LPCT
EAST
OHIO6–2.7509–3.750
KENT STATE6–2.7508–4.667
MIAMI (OHIO)6–2.7507–5.583
BOWLING GREEN5–3.6256–6.500
AKRON3–5.3755–7.417
TEMPLE1–7.1251–11.083
BUFFALO0–8.0000–12.000
WEST
WESTERN MICHIGAN7–1.8758–4.667
TOLEDO6–2.7509–3.750
BALL STATE6–2.7506–6.500
NORTHERN ILLINOIS4–4.5005–7.417
CENTRAL MICHIGAN2–6.2503–9.250
EASTERN MICHIGAN0–8.0001–11.083
Conference Championship Game: Dec. 1 in DetroitWestern Michigan over Ohio

PLAYERS TO WATCHTop performers from unranked teams

Tommy Blake,DE
TCU

A tailback inhigh school, the 6' 3", 252-pound senior is now a menace on D. "[Blake]was a big, speedy kid who spent his time in high school avoiding tacklers, sowe thought he'd have the ability to make great moves as a pass rusher,"says defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas.

Colt Brennan,QB
HAWAII

The freewheelingsenior, whose practice helmet is adorned with a Bob Marley sticker, broke theNCAA single-season record for touchdown passes in '06, with 58. Now he'sgunning for an undefeated season, 6,000 passing yards and the HeismanTrophy.

Damion Fletcher,RB
SOUTHERN MISS

Hurricane Katrinabriefly displaced the Biloxi native to Florida, but he returned to finish highschool and signed with the Golden Eagles. Good thing for Southern Miss: Fletchwas the nation's most productive runner among true freshmen last year, with1,388 yards.

KoryLichtensteiger, C
BOWLING GREEN

He's the BigDaddy (300 pounds and married with a three-year-old son, Ayden) of the Falcons'line, having powered the MAC's top rushing offense last season. The senior hasstarted 35 straight games after breaking into the lineup in 2004 at leftguard.

Damon Nickson,KR-FS
MIDDLE TENNESSEE

On the first kickreturn of his college career, against Louisville last October, he ran 88 yardsfor a touchdown. Nickson brought back another kickoff for a touchdown andintercepted five passes, earning first-team All-Sun Belt honors as asafety.

NOTABLE

TOP OFFENSIVEPLAYER Ian Johnson, RB, Boise State The darling of the Broncos' epic FiestaBowl victory over Oklahoma (one game-winning two-point conversion on a Statueof Liberty play, one marriage proposal) is in the Heisman hunt.

TOP DEFENSIVEPLAYER Dwight Lowery, CB, San Jose State After picking off a total of 13 passesat Cabrillo (Community) College in 2004 and '05, the 6' 1" 185-pounder tiedfor most interceptions in the nation, with nine, in his first season with theSpartans.

TRUE FRESHMAN TOWATCH Alphonso Bryant, SS, Central Florida Landing Bryant, a four-star recruitout of Miami-Dade County who turned down Florida State, Arizona State andRutgers, was a coup for Knights coach George O'Leary.

COACH ON THE RISEChris Petersen, Boise State The innovative play-caller is undefeated--and soonto be a hot commodity for BCS-conference programs.

COACH ON THE HOTSEAT Phil Bennett, SMU After going 6-6 in '06, he was nearly fired by newathletic director Steve Orsini--and could be gone if the Mustangs don't get toa bowl game. Bennett is 17-41 in five seasons, and SMU hasn't been bowlingsince 1984.

BCS SLEEPERHawaii The Warriors, long a late-night novelty, have a shot at running thetable, thanks in part to a weak nonconference schedule. If that happens, theycould be this season's BCS crashers.

EXTRA POINTS

OMAR HAUGABOOK,the quarterback for Sun Belt-favorite Troy, threw 17 interceptions against 21touchdowns while directing the Trojans' high-octane offense as a junior. Butsome believe his final three games, in which he threw for eight TDs and wasintercepted twice, were a better indication of what to expect this year."Omar has the moxie of a good quarterback, and he really improved hisdecision making as the year went on," says an assistant coach for a SunBelt foe. . . . The key to Colorado State's being a sleeper bowl team--andperhaps salvaging the job of longtime coach SONNY LUBICK following a 4-8season--is the health of junior running back KYLE BELL. Having establishedhimself as one of the Mountain West's bright young stars in '05, when he ranfor 1,288 yards, Bell missed last season after he tore his right ACL inpreseason practice. . . . JARETT DILLARD, a junior at Rice, has caught at leastone touchdown pass in 15 consecutive games, three short of the Division I-Arecord held by former Pitt wideout Larry Fitzgerald. Last year Dillard caught91 passes for 1,247 yards and 21 TDs. . . . FRED ROUSE, the former FloridaState wideout who was kicked off the team in January '06 for conductdetrimental to the team, then charged with three felonies after breaking intothe home of an ex-teammate four months later (he pleaded no contest and wassentenced to two years' probation), has resurfaced at UTEP. TheNo. 2-ranked wideout in the prep class of '05 according to scout.com andrivals.com, Rouse is listed as a backup on the Miners' depth chart.

FIVE PHOTOSVladimir Cherry/WireImage.com (Blake); Ronen Zilberman/AP (Brennan); Lyle Ratliff/AP (Fletcher); BGSU Athletic Communications (Lichtensteiger); Mark Humphrey/AP (Nickson)PHOTOChuck Solomon (Cheerleader)NavyPHOTOTroy Maben/AP (Petersen)Petersen