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6D Dk.s Moines Sunday Register August 20, 1995 College Football Preview ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25 (First-place votes, 1994 record, points, final ranking) l.FloridaState(31)(10-l-l) 1.498 A 1.439 1 1.366 8 1.308 2 1.299 7 1.238 9 1.151 13 1.024 22 1,011 .974 5 . 893 6 . 863 14 . 689 3 . 642 12 . 527 . 517 . 516 15 . 368 25 . 337 20 . 290 . 270 . 263 23 . 215 . 196 . 196 ' 9. Notre Dame (6-5-1). 14. Michigan (8-4-0). 17. Virginia (9-3-0).. 1994 STANDINGS ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE Conf. Overall . . W. L. T, W. L. T. Off. Def. x-Flonda State 8 0 0 10 1 1 428 200 x-N. Car. State 6 2 0 9 3 0 305 275 Duke 5 3 0 8 3 0 360 247 x-No. Carolina 5 3 0 8 4 0 374 267 x-Virginia 5 3 0 9 3 0 370 195 Clemson 4 4 0 5 6 0 164 188 Maryland 2 6 0 4 7 0 270 326 Wake Forest 1 7 0 3 8 0 143 373 Georgia Tech 0 8 0 1 10 0 185 319 BIG EIGHT Conf. Overall W. I. T. W. L T. Off. Def. x-Nebraska 7 0 0 13 0 0 459 162 x Colorado 6 1 0 11 1 0 439 235 x-Kan. State 5 2 0 9 3 0 312 168 x-Oklahoma 4 3 0 6 6 0 224 269 Kansas 3 4 0 6 5 0 314 242 Missouri 2 5 0 3 8 1 208 325 Okla. State 0 6 1 3 7 1 180 256 Iowa State 0 6 1 0 10 1 192 363 BIG TEN Conf. Overall W. L. T. W. I. T. Off. Def. x-Penn State 8 0 0 12 0 0 564 252 x-Ohio State 6 2 0 9 4 0 336 211 x-Mtchigan 5 3 0 8 4 0 330 268 Wisconsin 4 3 1 6 4 1 323 218 x-Hlinois 440 7503091 56 Mich. State 4 4 0 5 6 0 280 267 Iowa 3 4 1 5 5 1 307 324 Indiana 3 5 0 6 5 0 294 285 Purdue 2 4 2 4 5 2 336 346 Northwestern 2 6 0 3 7 2 210 351 Minnesota 1 7 0 3 8 0 256 348 GATEWAY Conf. Overall W. t. T. W. L. T. Off. Def. Northern Iowa 6 0 0 8 4 0 271 204 W. Illinois 4 2 0 8 3 0 356 222 E. Illinois 4 2 0 6 5 0 253 232 Illinois State 3 3 0 5 5 1 254 191 Indiana State 2 4 0 5 6 0 246 174 S.W.Missouri 240 470217 263 S Illinois 0 6 0 1 10 0 156 351 PACIFIC-10 Conf. Overall W. L. T. W. I. T. Off. Def. x-Oregon 7 1 0 9 4 0 412 250 x-Arizona 6 2 0 8 4 0 278 190 x-So. Calif, 6 2 0 8 3 1 366 243 Wash. State 5 3 0 8 4 0 192 136 Washington 4 4 0 7 4 0 295 233 UCLA 3 5 0 5 6 0 239 295 California 3 5 0 4 7 0 212 248 Oregon State 2 6 0 4 7 0 223 239 Stanford 2 6 0 3 7 1 327 359 Ariz. State 2 6 0 3 8 0 242 347 SOUTHEASTERN Conf. Overall EAST W. L. T. W. L. T. Off. Def. x Florida 8 1 0 10 2 1 538 228 x Tennessee 5 3 0 8 4 0 363 208 x-So. Carolina 4 4 0 7 5 0 300 276 Georgia 3 4 1 6 4 1 351 283 Vanderfailt 2 6 0 5 6 0 203 277 . Kentucky 0 8 0 1 10 0 149 405 WEST W. L. T. W. L. T. Off. Def. x-Alabama 8 1 0 12 1 0 302 190 Auburn 6 1 1 9 1 1 359 199 x-Miss. State 5 3 0 8 4 0 373 262 L siana State 3 5 0 4 7 0 270 271 Arkansas 2 6 0 4 7 0 212 213 Mississippi 2 6 0 4 7 0 246 205 SOUTHWEST Conf. Overall - W. L. T. W. L. T. Off. Def. Texas A A M 6 0 1 10 0 1 319 147 x Baylor 4 3 0 7 5 0 362 277 x-Texas 4 3 0 8 4 0 366 291 x-T. Christian 4 3 0 7 5 0 302 301 x-TexasTech 4 3 0 6 6 0 312 246 Rice 4 3 0 5 6 0 206 203 Houston 1 6 0 1 10 0 115 402 So. Methodist 0 6 1 1 9 1 197 343 WESTERN ATHLETIC Conf. Overall W. L T. W. L. T. Off. Def. x-Colo. State 7 1 0 10 2 0 400 269 x-Utah 6 2 0 10 2 0 426 210 x-Brig. Young 6 2 0 10 3 0 385 300 Air Force 6 2 0 8 4 0 372 285 Wyoming 4 4 0 6 6 0 319 341 New Mexico 4 4 0 5 7 0 401 386 Fresno State 3 4 1 5 7 1 376 426 S Diego St. 2 6 0 4 7 0 332 339 Texas-El Paso 1 6 1 3 7 1 217 359 Hawaii 0 8 0 3 8 1 260 273 x-lnvited to bowl game PRESEASON No. 1 TEAMS APPOLL 1995 Florida State 1994 Florida 1993 Fla.State-x 1992 Miami (Fla.) 1991 Florida State 1990 Miami (Fla.) 1989 Michigan 1988 Florida State 1987 Oklahoma 1986 Oklahoma 1985 Oklahoma-x 1984 Auburn 1983 Nebraska 1982 Pittsburgh 1981 Michigan 1980 Ohio State 1979 So. California 1978 Alabama-x 1977 Oklahoma 1976 Nebraska 1979 Oklahoma-x 1 974 Oklahoma-x 1973 So. California x-No. 1 in final poll 1972 Nebraska 1971 Notre Dame 1970 Ohio State 1969 Ohio State 1968 Purdue 1967 Notre Dame 1966 Alabama 1963 Nebraska 1964 Mississippi 1963 So. California 1962 Ohio State 1961 Iowa 1960 Syracuse 1959 L siana State 1958 Ohio State 1957 Oklahoma 1956 Oklahoma-x 1955 UCLA 1954 Notre Dame 1953 Notre Dame 1952 Mich State-x 1 95 1 Tennessee-x 1950 Notre Dame FINAL No. 1 FINISHES APPOLL Notre Dame 8 Alabama 6 Oklahoma 6 Minnesota 4 Miami (Fla.) 3 Nebraska 3 Ohio State 3 So California 3 Army 2 Penn State 2 Pittsburgh 2 Texas 2 Auburn 1 Brigham Young 1 Clemson 1 Colorado 1 Florida State 1 Georgia 1 Louisiana State 1 Maryland 1 Michigan 1 Michigan State 1 Syracuse 1 Tennessee 1 Texas A&M 1 Texas Christian 1 I I Snf JW"""1 3 5 inr I :, 34 4 i , : v.1 : ' ' 'V h,l .'.i'' f Iowa linebackers Vernon Rollins, left, and Marcus Montgomery, right, will provide Butkus Award candidate Bobby Diaco, center, and the Rollins finally IOWA Continuedfrom Page ID approach. "I'm just another one of the guys out there," said Rollins, who will not discuss last season's off-field problems. "I look at myself as a player from New Jersey just trying to play football in the Big Ten. I let Hayden Fry talk about all that other stuff. He's got 200 victories; I go along with whatever he says." Rollins hopes to have tackled his academic problem. He said he entered summer classes with a 2.6 grade-point average and predicted an A-minus and C-plus on his two summer courses. "They can't stop me with academics this year," he said. "If they do, 1 U v. - Iowa State players can't escape the .. .-.'V im- iwiif i.r iiiniiiiiiimw I i'iiiimi 'him jJmm' jmlm i ISU twoa-days hard and harder isu Continued from Page ID sticks his nose into the offense and the defense. "He's so enthusiastic that the players can't help but be enthusias tic, too. He gets us pumped up mentally, even at 7:30 a.m. There's no doubt we're making progress. He's coaching us harder, and we're re sponding." Tailback Troy Davis didn t seem to mind the grind of the two-a-days. We need them to become a good team," Davis said. "I feel this team is making a lot of progress." The preparation for the first of McCarney's two-a-days would begin at 6 a.m., trainer Frank Randall said. "We bring out such things as two exercise bicycles, two tables, extra pads, training supplies and 200 gallons of water," Randall said. "We bring the water because there's no running water on this field." The Cyclones practiced on an in tramural field east of Cyclone Stadium. It was a grass surface. McCarney and Randall preferred that to the artificial turf inside the stadium. In a year or so, McCarney hopes to have grass in the stadium. "It's cooler on the grass," Randall said. "I'll bet the temperature on the turf is 150 degrees. On the grass, it's much lower. McCarney said his punters, place- kickers and other specialists were on - ,t;.,'. .' . , . ' , .-V . '. f f ' - i i I'm just another one of the guys out there. I look at myself as a player f rem New Jersey just trying to play football in the Big Ten. I let Hayden Fry talk about all that other stuff. He's got 200 victories; I go along with whatever he then something's wrong." Last year, he missed playing so much that he couldn't bring himself to attend some home games. "I went to a couple games, but it was hard," Rollins said. "There were another few I didn't go to because I knew that if I was anywhere near the sideline I might have run right out onto the field and get in real 1 I ' voice of Coach Dan McCarney. the field by 7:30 a.m. the other players by 8 a.m. for the first practice. Afternoon workouts began at 3:30. Nothing went unnoticed. That's because there were two towers where video cameras filmed everything. "There hadn't been a full-time video coordinator before I got here," McCarney said. "Now we have one. It's a great way to evaluate. We tape every practice." McCarney doesn't go onto the platform to observe, as some coaches do. He's a hands-on coach who darts around the field, barking out instructions, handing out praise, criticizing when necessary. "I try to spend equal amounts of time with the defense and the offense," McCarney said. Early in the practice, McCarney saw something he didn't like. "I don't want any phonies in this huddle," he said. "If you want to play, you've got to produce." To the defensive players, he said, "Don't wait for a written invitation. Go get the runner! "Don't give me that high school stuff. This is college football!" During a workout in which the offense put the ball in play on its own 5-yard line, there was a fumble. It infuriated McCarney. "That's why you've lost games around here," he said. "If you put the ball on the ground, you'll never - ' !. ' 'j-r. ' Hawkeyes' defense with plenty of help after sitting out last season. Rollins will start, while Montgomery will back up Diaco. gets to play says. 7 7 -Vernon Rollins Iowa linebacker trouble." Fighting similar feelings was linebacker Marcus Montgomery, who missed last season for academic reasons. "I couldn't go," said Montgomery, a transfer from Mount San Antonio Community College in Walnut, Calif., who opened practice this fall as Diaco's backup. "It was just too 2 i Freshman Bill Marsau takes a break They don't have a prayer on field K KT I.AI I IKRI1AI.K Si s-Sktinki. Coral Gables, Fla. As part of the NCAA's crackdown on unsportsmanlike conduct in college football, players who celebrate a touchdown by kneeling in prayer in the end zone will be penalized. In a twist on a 3-year-old rule, kneeling in prayer in the end zone now is an unsportsmanlike conduct foul with a 15-yard penalty. The same rule calls for penalties for players who dance and taunt or bait an opponent. The NCAA football rules committee's intent is to repair what it thinks is a decaying ethic in college football: sportsmanship. "It's not an issue of prayer," said American Football Coaches Association executive director Grant Teaff, who aided the rules committee. "You can express indignation that we are against prayer, but the truth is we are trying to be even-handed. "The issue is not prayer. I prayed all the time on the sidelines and I didn't have to kneel." get on the field. I don't want that loser stuff." Iowa State finished last in turn .r HI- -ci ' . . - - MARRY BAl'MKRTTlIK Ri-;ui.STKK hard to sit through the games knowing that I should have been out there. I couldn't even listen to the games on the radio. I sat in on team meetings and watched film, but that was about it." Even from that perspective, he could see Diaco had his hands full. "Bobby played almost every down of every game," Montgomery said. "And it wasn't like he was totally healthy." Diaco played with an injured left shoulder, but nonetheless led the team in tackles with 1 16. He is one of many candidates for the Butkus Award, which annually goes to the nation's top collegiate linebacker. "I feel better now than I ever have," Diaco said. BOB MODERSOHNTlIK RtOISTBK during a morning workout. over margin in the Big Eight Conference last season. The Cyclones were also last in every major defensive category, and ranked 107th out of 107 Division I-A schools in rushing defense. "We've got to keep learning and keep listening," McCarney told his players. "Not one guy can stay the same. Every guy out here has to keep taking it up a notch every day. "Man, we play Aug. 31. That time is going to fly, I'm telling you. We've got to be ready, we've got to be confident. Some guys aren't coming through now, and you're the ones who will be standing next to me on the sideline. "Are you committed? Are you involved? Do you want to come out and produce and help this team win? We're measuring every one of you." He asked for help from his seniors. "Don't be shy," he told them. "Don't look over your shoulder and look for someone else to lead." McCarney ended by saying the team has accomplished a lot in practice. "The work ethic has been excellent," he said. "We've got to cut down on mistakes, and when we do we'll get this program turned around a lot sooner than anyone thought possible. "We're going to do it, man. We're going to get this son-of-a-gun turned around." 4 J 20. North Carolina (8-4-0) . 23. West Virginia (7-6-0) 24. Virginia Tech (8-4-0) Other receiving votee Illinois 166. Oregon 166. North Carolina State 141, Kansas State 119. South Carolina 1 16, Brigham Young 94, Colorado State 79. Mississippi State 48. California 32. Texas Tech 24. Duke 10. Fresno State 10. Syracuse 9. Baylor B. Bowling Green 8. Clemson 8. Louisville 8. Louisiana State 6. Arkansas 3. Georgia 2. km 1, Nevada 1. Southern Mississippi 1. COACHES' TOP 25 (First-place votes. 1994 record, points, final ranking) 1 Florida State (28) ( 1 0-1 -1 ) 1 .438 5 2, Nebraska(17)(13-0) 1,437 1 3, TexasA&M(7)(10-0-l) 1,326 4, Penn State (3) ( 1 2-0) 1 ,298 2 5Florida(5)(10-2-l) 1.293 7 6. So. California (2) (8-3-1) 1,240 15 7. Auburn (9-1-1) 1.170 8. Notre Dame (6-5-1 ) 941 9. Miami (Fla.) (10-2) 906 6 10. Ohio State (9-4) 864 9 11. Tennessee (8-4) 852 18 12. Michigan (8-4) 788 12 13. Colorado(ll-l) 771 3 14Alabama(12-l) 572 4 15. UCLA (5-6) 477 16. Virginia (9-3) 470 13 1 7. Oklahoma (6-6) 445 18. Texas (8-4) 427 23 19 Arizona (8-4) 350 20 20. North Carolina (8-4) 323 21 21. Washington (7-4) 307 22. Wisconsin (7-4-1) 299. 23. BostonCollege(7-4-l) 291 22 24. Illinois (7-5) 260 25. North Carolina State (9-3) 216 17 Others receiving vote Virginia Tech 211. West Virginia 188. Kansas State 182. Bngham Young 149. Oregon 147. Colorado State 1 18. South Carolina 60. Syracuse 48. Mississippi State 40. Air Force 32. Can-forma 31. Utah 31, Duke 24, Georgia 22, Baylor 20, Texas Tech 18, Fresno State 16, Michigan State 13. Washington State 10. Rutgers 7. Clemson 5. Pittsburgh 5. Iowa 4, Texas Christian 3. East Carolina 2. Bowling Green 1. Indiana 1, Louisiana State 1. TV SCHEDULES ABC Aug. 26 Virginia at Michigan (1 1:00 a.m.) Aug. 27 Ohio State vs. Boston College at East Rutherford, N.J. (1:00) Sept. 2 Louisiana State at Texas A&M, Florida State vs. Duke. Michigan at Illinois, Arizona State at Washington (2:30); Colorado at Wisconsin (7:00). Miami (Fla.) at UCLA (7:00) Sept. 9 Texas Tech at Penn State, Florida State at Clemson, Nebraska at Michigan State (11:00 a m ); Notre Dame at Purdue (2:30); UCLA at Brigham Young (6:00) Sept. 16 Tennessee at Florida. Pittsburgh at Texas, Colorado State at Air Force. Washington at Ohio State, Oregon at UCLA (2:30) Nov. 23 Georgia at Georgia Tech (10:00 a.m.) Nov. 2 Boston College at Rutgers, North Carolina at North Carolina State, Purdue at Indiana (10:00); Oklahoma at Nebraska (1 :30): Arizona at Arizona State (5:00) Dec. 2 Army vs. Navy (11 :00a.m.) NBC Sept. 2 Northwestern at Notre Dame (1 :30) Sept. 16 Vanderbilt at Notre Dame ( 1 30) Sept. 23 Texas at Notre Dame ( 1 1 :30 a.m.) Oct. 21 Southern California at Notre Dame (12:30) Oct. 28 Boston College at Notre Dame (2:30) Nov. 4 Navy at Notre Dame (12:30) Nov. 25 Gramblingvs. Southern (1:00) ESPN Aug. 31 Nebraska at Oklahoma State (7:00) Sept. 2 Brigham Young at Air Force (1 1:30 a.m.); Syracuse at North Carolina (6:30) Sept. 7 Boston College at Virginia Tech (7:00) Sept. 51 Wyoming at Air Force (11:30 a.m.); Georgia at Tennessee (5:45); Colorado State at Colorado (8:45) Sept. 14 Texas Christian at Kansas (7:00) Sept. 16 Arizona at Illinois (11:30 a.m.); Michigan at Boston College (5:30); San Diego State at Bngham Young (8:00) Sept. 21 North Carolina at Louisville (7:00) Sept. 28 Maryland at Georgia Tech (7:00) Sept. 30 Wisconsin at Penn State (4:45); Colorado at Oklahoma (7:45) Oct. 5 Mississippi State at Auburn (7:00) Oct 7 Miami (Fla.) at Florida State (6:30) Nov. 2 Florida State at Virginia (7:00) Nov. 9 Texas A & M at Rice (7:00) Nov. 23 Baylor at Texas (7:00) Nov. 24 Pittsburgh at West Virginia (3:00) PRIME NETWORK Sept. 2 South Carolina at Georgia (1 1:30) Sept. 7 Georgia Tech at Arizona (9:00) Sept. 9 Louisiana State at Mississippi State ( 1 1 :30 a.m.): Illinois at Oregon (9:00) Sept. 16 Michigan State at Louisville (11:00 a.m.); Wisconsin at Stanford (5:30) Sept. 23 Kentucky at South Carolina (1 1:30 a m ); Southern California at Arizona (9:00) Sept. 30 California at Arizona (5:30) Oct. 7 Southern California at California (5:30) Oct. 14 Oregon at California (5:30); Brigham Young at Arizona State (9:00) Oct. 21 Washington State at Oregon (9:00) Oct. 28 Arizona at Washington State (9:00) Note ABC. ESPN and Prime network win add more games during the season NEW DIVISION I COACHES There were 19 coaching changes in the 108-school Division l-A, the most since 1987 when 24 coaches were replaced. Of those 19 changes, 13 are first-time coaches. There are some well-known names moving back into the limelight including Howard Schnellenberger, who left Louisville for Oklahoma. In the Big Eight, half the coaches were replaced; the Southeastern Conference has three new coaches; and the Pacific-10 and Big Ten each have two new leaders. There were four coaching changes in the MidAmerican Conference. School Former Coach New Coach Akron Gerry Faust Lee Owens Colorado Bill McCartney Rick Neuhenel East Michigan Ron Cooper Rick Rasntck Georgia Tech Bill Lewis George O'Leary Iowa State Jim Waiden Dan McCarney Louisiana State Curley Hallman Gerry Di Nardo Louisville H Schnellenbrgr Ron Cooper Memphis Chuck Stobart Rip Scherer Miami (Fla.) Dennis Enckson Butch Davis Michigan Gary Moeller Lloyd Carr Michigan State George Perles Nick Saban Mississippi Joe Lee Dunn Tommy TubervMie Navy George Caump Char Weatherbie Ohio Tom Lichtenberg Jim Grobe Oklahoma Gary Gibbs H Schnellenbrgr Oklahoma State Pat Jones Bob Simmons Stanford Bill Walsh Ty Willingham Utah State Char Weatherbie John L Smith Vanderbilt Gerry Di Nardo Rod Dowhower

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