By Dan Shanoff
Page 2 columnist

Entering a new season, there may be no greater thrill for the college football fan than to be prepared with the lowdown on the hottest storylines, names and trends. For sure, you don't want to be caught spouting last season's conventional wisdom at this season's tailgate parties.

Check out the 2002 college football season "What's Hot, What's Not" List below, then wade into a local fraternity tailgate, climb aboard your favorite barstool, sidle into a debate among co-workers, or -- in the timeless tradition of the List -- impress your date:

What's Hot, What's Not in college football 2002
Category Hot Not
Heisman
promotional
campaign
No promotion --
let numbers do talking
Posters on grain silos
Hot QB in Texas
Kliff Kingsbury
(Texas Tech)

Chris Simms
(Texas)
Blood-boiling rivalry Miami-Florida Ohio State-Michigan
Player's violation Dirty things in other people's closets Plagiarism
"He Hate Me" Heisman campaign
Casey Clausen
(Tennessee)

EJ Henderson
(Maryland)
Underground Heisman candidate
Dave Ragone
(Louisville)

Onterrio Smith
(Oregon)
Miami's biggest problem Expectations Challengers
Please give him more pub Marquel Blackwell
(South Florida)
Chris Rix
(Florida State)
Mecca for road-trip junkies Neyland Stadium
(Tennessee)
Kyle Field
(Texas A&M)
Poll to respect "Online by fans Media
State of Florida coaching style to emulate Coker's mellowness Zook's frenzy
Cripes, he's still in college? Terrence Edwards
(Georgia)
Jason Thomas
(UNLV)
Bandwagon team to root for
Washington State

Fresno State
Tailgate debate fodder Who's better --
Eli or Peyton?
Eli Manning --
stay or go pro?
Sideline fashion statement
Golf-style wind shirt

Sweater-vests
Player haircut style Shaved clean Tight 'fro
Mascot
The LSU Tiger

That Seminole guy
on the horse
Mr. Excitement Reggie Williams Charles Rogers
Shoes to fill
Major Applewhite

Steve Spurrier
Special-teams gimmick Fake field goals Fake punts
Tailgate grub Turkey burgers Grilled corn-on-the-cob
"He's due" coach Glen Mason (Minnesota) Mike Bellotti (Oregon)
Coaching cliché "It was a total team effort." "One game a time."
Conference
to watch

Big 12

WAC
BCS hot button Team's win total Margin of victory
"Me-too" offensive philosophy Mix it up Run it up
Prototype QB Calls his own plays Super-sized
Game-day eye candy Dance teams Cheerleaders
Tailgate mixer Tailgate mixer Caffeine-laced sport drinks
Sleeper
Memphis

Maryland
Colorado BMOC Jeremy Bloom Chris Brown
What you'll be singing after the Fiesta Bowl "We Are the Boys
From Old Florida"
"Boomer Sooner"

Dan Shanoff is a columnist for Page 2. His "What's Hot, What's Not" trend-spotting list appears Thursdays. Got inside scoop on an up-and-coming trend? Want to declare something passé? Send this glimpse of your hipness to hotnotlist@yahoo.com.




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