Tuesday, October 30, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 49


'Huskers top BCS rankings

NCAA Football Top 25

Ed De La Garza

Every dog has its day. That day was Saturday.

Nebraska outfought Oklahoma -- and beat the Sooners with a surprise trick play. The 20-10 win dropped the Sooners all the way to No. 3 in the Associated Press
poll. But the Cornhuskers couldn't knock Miami out of the top spot.

Stanford's 38-28 upset of UCLA sent the Bruins reeling five spots down to No. 9. Stanford rocketed up to No. 10. Unranked Syracuse traveled to Virginia Tech and
beat the Hokies, 22-14. The Hokies are a long way removed from the glory days of Michael Vick and are now on the wrong side of the top 10.

Auburn was finally exposed for the poser it was, dropping a 42-17 loss to Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. The Tigers fell out of the Top 25.

Penn State is well on its way to a 7-4 season. Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno passed Bear Bryant for most wins among Division I-A coaches. With his 324th
win, a 29-27 decision over Ohio State, Paterno's team has now won two consecutive games. Seven wins may be a bit of a stretch, but it doesn't appear to be as
disastrous a season as the 0-4 start may have led some to believe.

In Texas news, Longhorn quarterback Phil Hostetler proclaimed his team to be one of the best in the country. The former Heisman Trophy frontrunner had a good
game, throwing four touchdown passes en route to a 35-16 win over Missouri. But he failed to mention that one of the best teams in the country was down 7-0 in the
second quarter, up only 14-10 at the half and only 28-16 in the fourth.

Piling up the points may make the final score look better, but it doesn't make Texas worthy of playing for a national championship.


Things are looking brighter for Miami.

While a Hokies loss before its date with the Hurricanes threatened to put a damper on Miami's stake to one of the top two spots in the Bowl Championship Series
ranking, UCLA also lost. And suddenly, Miami is No. 3 behind No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Oklahoma.

The Huskers and Sooners should meet again Dec. 1 in the Big 12 Championship at Texas Stadium in Irving. One of those two will not be in the Rose Bowl, leaving
the Hurricanes the room they need to play for a title.

Michigan, Texas, Stanford, Tennessee, Florida, UCLA and Oregon round out the top 10. Washington, Washington State, Brigham Young, Purdue and Virginia Tech
are Nos. 11 through 15.

Gamecock update

Those battling South Carolina Gamecocks faltered at Tennessee, but they put up a good fight, only losing 17-10 to their Southeastern Conference rival.

The Gamecocks were down but not beaten, mustering enough resolve to tie the game at 10 with more than 13 minutes left to play. But the Vols came back to take
the lead on the next drive.

The loss dropped South Carolina to No. 17 -- and out of the BCS -- as it prepares to face Wofford. Go Gamecocks.

The DC Baker's Dozen

Texas fans can save the talk. We run a very complicated and scientific scoring system at the Cougar. The Longhorns may be No. 5 in both the AP and Coaches'
polls, but our computers say they're only No. 9. Go figure.

In light of Saturday's happenings, there was nothing we could do but make Nebraska our consensus No. 1, followed by the still-undefeated Miami Hurricanes. BYU
may have hypnotized the national pollsters, but it hasn't beaten anybody yet. As usual, anyone disagreeing with our picks or wanting to inundate us with
congratulatory mail is welcome to respond to dcsports@mail.uh.edu.

1.) Nebraska, 9-0

2.) Miami, 6-0

3.) Oklahoma, 7-1

4.) Florida, 6-1

5.) Tennessee, 5-1

6.) Michigan, 6-1

7.) Oregon, 7-1

8.) Virginia Tech, 6-1

9.) Texas, 7-1

10.) Stanford, 5-1

11.) UCLA, 6-1

12.) Florida State, 5-2

13.) Washington, 6-1

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