Tuesday, November 27, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 66



All-Florida battle looms for national title game

NCAA Football Top 25

Ed De La Garza

It would be easy to say the Rose Bowl participants will be Miami and Florida, but considering all the upsets this year, nothing's set in stone.

The Hurricanes, No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and Bowl Championship Series rankings, only have to beat No. 14 Virginia Tech on Saturday to
keep their Jan. 3 date in Pasadena, Calif.

Seeing that they ripped what many considered to be their toughest competition, No. 19 Washington, 65-7, no one should doubt they will do the same
when they travel to Blacksburg, Va., to play the Hokies.

The No. 2 Gators face some stiffer competition: the No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols aren't great, but they're playing for a shot at the national title
too. The winner of Saturday's game will then face the winner of the Auburn/Louisiana State game for the Southeast Conference Championship on Dec.

Should the Gators meet the 'Canes at the Rose Bowl, it would be the rivals' 51st meeting in 63 years (with the series tied at 25) and their first meeting
for a national title.

Aside from Florida, No. 3 Texas gained the most out of Nebraska and Oklahoma's losses. The Longhorns jumped up three spaces to No. 3 in the BCS
rankings, ahead of Nebraska. It's pretty simple for the 'Horns. They need to beat No. 9 Colorado at Texas Stadium on Saturday and they need either
Miami or Florida to lose a game.

The winner of the Texas/ Colorado game is playing for an automatic BCS-affiliated bowl berth. Whether or not that's the Rose depends on the 'Horns.

The Huskers aren't completely out of the hunt, but they need everybody to lose before they can play for the national championship and a possible
rematch with the Buffaloes.

Miami would have to lose against Virginia Tech, Florida would have to beat the Vols but lose the SEC Championship game and Oregon State would
have to beat Oregon.

The following are the complete BCS rankings.

1.) Miami, 2.92

2.) Florida, 6.95

3.) Texas, 8.77

4.) Nebraska, 10.48

5.) Oregon, 10.87

6.) Tennessee, 11.87

7.) Colorado, 18.05

8.) Illinois, 20.45

9.) Oklahoma, 21.68

10.) Stanford, 22.04

11.) Maryland, 24.61

12.) Brigham Young, 25.49

13.) Washington State, 27.25

14.) Washington, 36.32

15.) Georgia, 37.13

Bowl bids galore

There are a few bowl match-ups already lined up. Even with a loss to Miami looming on the horizon, Virginia Tech's already accepted an invitation to
play Florida State at the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1.

Michigan's trip to the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 should take some of the sting off a loss to Ohio State, a loss that killed the Wolverines' Big Ten title hopes.
Michigan will play a SEC team. The Buckeyes will play in the Outback Bowl, also against a SEC opponent and also on New Year's Day.

Washington, fresh off its humiliating loss to Miami, will play at the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 against a Big 12 team (most likely Colorado).

Louisville will likely face Brigham Young at the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31, unless the Cougars get invited to play in a BCS bowl (ha!).

Miami will face Florida at the Rose Bowl for oh, wait ...

Gamecock/Beaver update

No. 15 South Carolina wrapped up its season Nov. 17 with a 20-15 win over Clemson. With an 8-3 record, the Gamecocks are just waiting to see which
bowl they'll be invited to. But go Gamecocks.

Oregon State, once dead in the water, could become bowl eligible with an upset win at No. 4 Oregon. The Ducks are playing for a lot more than a
late-December bowl game. No one really expects them to be in the national title hunt; at the very least, they could be playing for a shot at No. 2 once
the bowl season is over.

But the Beavers have a chance to save their season. Go Beavers.

The DC Baker's Dozen

Before the Texas fans start screaming bloody murder and flood the sports editor with calls for my dismissal, let me state that my poll had the Longhorns
at No. 3. If it wasn't for me those blasted 'Horns wouldn't even be sniffing the top 10. I have no control over the computers.

This is probably the final Top 25 column of the semester, but you can still send your comments to dcsports@mail.uh.edu. Just don't expect it to matter.
Go Buffs.

1.) Miami, 10-0

2.) Florida, 9-1

3.) Oregon, 9-1

4.) Illinois, 10-1

5.) Tennessee, 9-1

6.) Nebraska, 11-1

7.) Colorado, 9-2

8.) Texas, 10-1

9.) Maryland, 10-1

10.) Oklahoma, 10-2

11.) Brigham Young, 11-0

12.) Washington State, 9-2

13.) Stanford, 8-2

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