27. Minnesota…Another friendly schedule and another potent running game gets the Gophers back to the postseason somewhere, but it won't be Pasadena.
29. Clemson…Finished last season on a roll, and returns a good base of talent. Unfortunately, the schedule won't allow them to take the next step.
32. Hawaii…The Warriors are 27-11 with two bowl wins under June Jones, and with 10 starters back on offense and 58 lettermen this could be his best team yet.
34. Texas A&M…What in the world happened to the Aggies last season? Dennis Franchione is always better in year two, and will be so again.
35. Maryland…Ralph Friedgen is 29-8 in three years at his alma mater, but with just nine starters back he'll find the sailing not quite as smooth in the new ACC.
37. Arizona State…The Sun Devils never meet expectations when they're high, and always exceed them when they're low. This season they'll surprise.
38. Virginia Tech…The Hokies finished on a downer for the second straight year, and now face a far more difficult road in the pumped up ACC.
39. Marshall…One last go-around in the MAC for the Thundering Herd, and it could end with yet another conference title.
40. Boston College…Should something happen to West Virginia, the Eagles look like the next man in for their final season in the weakened Big East.
41. Colorado State…Justin Holland has been patiently biding his time behind Bradlee Van Pelt at quarterback, and now it's his turn to lead the Rams.
43. Texas Tech…Three things we know about Mike Leach's Red Raiders: they'll score a lot, give up a lot of points, and be bowl-eligible come November.
44. Bowling Green…Losing Josh Harris hurts, but this is still the most experienced team returning in the MAC with 16 starters and 54 lettermen back.
45. Washington State…The Cougars made a believer out of me last season by going 10-3 in a rebuilding year. Will Derting could be an All-American linebacker.
46. N.C. State…The Wolfpack have the most starters returning in the ACC, but they'll miss all time great quarterback Phillip Rivers against a rigorous schedule.
47. San Diego State…The next Fresno State out on the West Coast? The Aztecs may finally start realizing their program's great potential this season.
48. Penn State…Joe Paterno has posted losing seasons three of the last four years, here's a sucker's bet that he'll find a way to halt that ominous streak.
50. Southern Mississippi…For a change the offense will be the story in Hattiesburg, or should we say Hawkeye Nation south?
(Steve Deace can be heard each weekday on the radio from 3-6 p.m. on 1460-KXNO, the flagship of the Cyclone Radio Network. His next column, part two of his 2004 college football preview, will be published on July 19th.)