No reason except there are at least seven other schools sprinkled around the country that have the same thought. San Francisco has won three of the last five titles; Canyons is defending champion; Butler has been on top twice since 1998; Pearl River captured the NJCAA trophy last year; Saddleback is always there or thereabouts, along with Grossmont and Butte. Croshaw has J.C. Grid-Wire All-Amerian, J.T. Diedrichs, a 6-1, 220 power runner who has 1553 yards and 21 TDs to his credit, plus a powerful bank of defenders, headed by linebackers Misi Tupe and Gene Fakatoumafi, to go with 10 returning starters and 25 lettermen.
J.C. Grid-Wire Top Twenty-Five Teams
Rank, School, 2004 (W-L), 2004 Final Ranking, Comments
1. DIXIE STATE (10-2), Last Rank: 11 Comments: Last chance for Rebels before going 4-year.
2. C.C. SAN FRANCISCO (11-1) Last Rank: 3 Comments: Won 3 of last 5 national titles and looking for more.
3. COLLEGE OF CANYONS (14-0) Last Rank: 1 Comments: Canyons reloads. Could be 2 titles in row.
4. BUTLER (11-1) Last Rank: 4 Comments: 53-7 in last 5 years and have stuff to make it 63-7.
5. PEARL RIVER (12-0) Last Rank: 2 Comments: NJCAA champs still Have Jimmy Oliver at QB. Solid.
6. SADDLEBACK (11-2) Last Rank: 6 Comments: Watch out for Gauchos. McElroy's lads are loaded.
7. GROSSMONT (11-1) Last Rank: 5 Comments: Losses were heavy but reserves are deep, deep, deep.
8. BUTTE (9-2) Last Rank: 12 Comments: RB Webster Patrick returns with solid supporting cast.
9. SNOW (7-4) Last Rank: NR Comments: New coach may take a while to settle in.
10. LONG BEACH (7-5) Last Rank: NR Comments: Aces at skill positions. QB Aispuro has great stats.
11. BLINN (9-2) Last Rank: 13 Comments: A scoring machine behind RB James Johnson.
12. EL CAMINO (8-3) Last Rank: 20 Comments: Warriors may crawl in to top-10. S Nate Ness is a super.
13. COFFEYVILLE (10-2) Last Rank: 8 Comments: Ravens offense looks mighty awesome. Watch'em run.
14. FRESNO (8-3) Last Rank: 16 Comments: Maybe ranked too low, but Rams drop a couple each year.
15. GRAND RAPIDS (9-2) Last Rank: 17 Comments: Raiders loaded with 11 returning starters. Vet team.
16. COLLEGE OF SEQUOIAS (4-6) Last Rank: NR Comments: Upset pick of the year, but they are loading up.
17. MT. SAN ANTONIO (8-3) Last Rank: 21 Comments: Mounties could be top-10 team. Tough defense.
18. GEORGIA MILITARY (5-5) Last Rank: NR Comments: They'll play anyone, anywhere and usually win.
19. SCOTTSDALE (9-2) Last Rank: 15 Comments: Big comeback last year and more ahead in '05.
20. CHABOT (8-3) Last Rank: 24 Comments: Another surprise pick but Glads move up a notch.
21. SIERRA (11-0) Last Rank: 9 Comments: 29-game winning streak is working. More pressure.
22. NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI (7-2) Last Rank: 23 Comments: Randy Pippin returns to JC ranks.
23. NASSAU (8-3) Last Rank: NR Comments: New Yorkers took a year off but they are back now.
24. TYLER (8-4) Last Rank: NR Comments: Apaches may be placed way too low. New HC.
25. CITRUS (7-3) Last Rank: 30 Comments: Owls are hovering on edges of Top -10.
26. FULLERTON (7-4) Last Rank: NR Comments: Hornets could be 8-2 or 4 and 6. Watch'em.
27. GLENDALE, Ariz. (6-4) Last Rank: NR Comments: Young team in '04 might be ready to pounce.
28. TRINITY VALLEY, Tex. (3-7) Last Rank: NR Comments: Same goes for TVC. Defense should be solid.
29. CHAFFEY (9-2) Last Rank: 18 Comments: Panthers must always be considered.
30. NE OKLAHOMA (4-5) Last Rank: NR Comments: Winningest JC team of all time, but not this year.
OTHERS: Jones, Miss.; Rochester, Minn; Joliet, IL; Bakersfield; Moorpark; Palomar; San Joaquin Delta; College of the Desert; Allan Hancock; Iowa Central
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