Around the nation

September 02, 1999|By Don Markus

Title contenders

Florida State: Seminoles looking to avenge last year's loss to Tennessee.

Tennessee: Vols weren't supposed to win last year, they're better this year.

Penn State: Nittany Lions beat up on Arizona, two toughest games left are at home.

Florida: Last year disproved Steve Spurrier's theory that God must be a Gator.

Nebraska: The Big 12 is down, but do the Huskers have enough to go all the way?

Coaches on the hot seat

John Cooper, Ohio State: Buckeye fans still haven't forgotten last year's debacle against Michigan State.

Frank Solich, Nebraska: Tom Osborne, where have you gone?

Mack Brown, Texas: Opening loss to N.C. State won't go over well in Austin.

Mike DuBose, Alabama: He was in trouble before recent sexual harassment charge.

Gerry DiNardo, LSU: Hasn't delivered on big promises.

Freshmen of impact

Larry Johnson, fullback, Penn State: Ripped off 60-yard TD vs. 'Zona.

Josh Brown, kicker-quarterback, Nebraska: ka: Could make for some interesting fourth-down calls.

Earnest Graham, tailback, Florida: Red-shirted last year due to injury.

Eli Manning, quarterback, Mississippi State: Peyton's baby brother has tools.

Josh Booty, quarterback, LSU: Flopped at baseball, makes debut at 24.

Games with title implications

Penn State at Miami, Sept. 18: The 'Canes could be for real.

Tennessee at Florida, Sept. 18: Vols haven't won there since '71.

Florida State at Florida, Nov. 20: Only roadblock for Seminoles.

Southeastern Conference championship game, Dec. 4, Atlanta: SEC East is toughest division in football.

Big 12 championship game, Dec. 4, St. Louis: Ask Kansas State.

Pub Date: 9/02/99

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