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Thursday, August 30, 2001
Updated: September 6, 2:47 PM ET
What's hot, what's not
for college football '01


By Dan Shanoff
Special to Page 2

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. Certainly, you don't want to be caught spouting last year's conventional wisdom at this season's pregame gatherings.

Study the 2001 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 -- as always the tradition of the Page 2 "Hot" List -- impress your date:

Page 2's Hot 'n' Not list for college football
Category   Hot   Not
Heisman promotional campaign   Posters on buildings at other end of the country   Lame promotional mailings
Tailgate spot   Dockside at Washington   Domeside at Syracuse
Hot QB in the Carolinas  
Woody Dantzler (Clemson)
 
Ron Curry (North Carolina)
Blood-boiling rivalry   Georgia Tech-Florida State   Alabama-Auburn
Player's academic violation   Plagiarism   Just letting the tutor write the paper
"He Hate Me" Heisman candidate  
Chris Simms (Texas)
 
Joey Harrington (Oregon)
"Beach-football Heisman" frontrunner   Timmy Chang (Hawaii)   DeShaun Foster (UCLA)
Florida State's biggest problem   "at Clemson"   No QB
Please, give him more pub  
Zak Kustok (Northwestern)
 
Eric Crouch (Nebraska)
Mecca for road-trip junkies   Kyle Field, College Station, Texas (Texas A&M)   Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. (UCLA)
Play-by-play motif   Slow-drawl rural metaphor   Shouting at the routine plays
QB to pity   Rex Grossman (Florida)   Major Applewhite (Texas)
Double-duty dynamo  
Lito Sheppard (Florida)
 
Antwan Randle-El (Indiana)
Role for Julius Peppers   Sacking   Dunking
Poll to respect   Online by fans   Media
State of Florida coaching style to emulate  
Spurrier's fire
 
Bowden's folksiness
State-school home-field asylum   Florida Field   Ohio Stadium
"Cripes, he's still in college?"   Nick Davis (Wisconsin)   Randy Fasani (Stanford)
Bandwagon team to root for   Oregon State
Oregon State
  Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech
The Roy Williams to say you've "always liked"   The acrobatic Texas wide receiver   The hard-hitting Oklahoma safety
Tailgate debate fodder   Paterno: Stay or go?   Simms: Stay or go?
Sideline fashion statement   Visors   Starter jackets
BCS conventional wisdom   Stop whining   Not fair!
Player haircut style   Tight 'fro   Braids
Executive branch rooting interest   Texas
Longhorns
  Tennessee
Vols
Payback time   Georgia Tech over Florida State   Oklahoma over Nebraska
"Me, Too!" Coaching Strategy   Spread offense   Stoops-style defense
Ken   Ken Simonton
Simonton (Oregon State)
  Ken Dorsey
Dorsey (Miami)
Functional accessory   Stick-'em gloves   Under-helmet 'do rags
"Remember me? I used to be somebody!" QB candidate   Josh Heupel (Oklahoma)   Drew Henson (Michigan)
"Who needs Drew Henson anyway?" QB candidate   Kurt Kittner (Illinois)   John Navarre (Michigan)
USC's best QB   Jason Thomas (now at UNLV)   Carson Palmer (now starting at USC)
What you'll be singing after the Rose Bowl   Florida
"We Are The Boys From Old Florida"
  Oklahoma
"Boomer Sooner"

Dan Shanoff is a regular contributor to Page 2.