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Volume 68, Issue 16, Tuesday, September 17, 2002


Upset win puts Irish back in elite field

The AP Top 25

Christian Schmidt

The weekend featured one of the most storied rivalries in college football, as the Michigan Wolverines took on Notre Dame. 

Both teams came into the game undefeated and looking to stay that way.

Michigan survived an early season scare against Washington, but Notre Dame proved to be more than the Wolverines could handle, as the Irish won 25-23.

For a team that had not scored an offensive touchdown all year, 20 points (a two-point conversion attempt by Carlyle Holiday failed) was huge.

Notre Dame still doesn't have much of an offense, and it won't be a major factor in the national title hunt. 

But just give head coach Tyrone Willingham a year or two, and the Irish will be a force to deal with for a long time.

Hey, the guy won at Stanford, need I say more?

Hope for all

For every bad team in the country, every team that never stood a chance, there is California.

The Golden Bears are 3-0 and jumped into the top 25, appearing at No. 23.

Last season, California was 1-10, and one of the worst teams in the nation. Now, thanks to a new coaching staff, some veteran players and an easier schedule, the Golden Bears are on top of the world.

The team proved to everyone that it is for real with a 46-22 win over Michigan State.

Longhorn watch

Texas cruised to an easy 52-21 victory over North Carolina as the Longhorns tuned up for its showdown with the Houston Cougars. Texas had 569 total yards and the offensive line did not allow a sack.

Senior quarterback Chris Simms looked sharp. He only completed 14-of-30 passes, but he did throw for 298 yards and four touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Cedric Bensen ran for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. The UT defense had an up-and-down performance, allowing 21 points to the Tarheels.

Buckeyes roll

You heard it here. No. 6 Ohio State is a national championship contender and it proved it in a 25-7 win over Washington State.

More interesting than Ohio State's success is the play of freshman tailback Maurice Clarett. Clarett is now No. 4 in the nation in scoring, averaging 14 points per game, and is No. 3 in rushing with 157 yards per game.

Clarett is swiftly establishing himself as a contender for the Heisman trophy. He would be the first freshman since Emmitt Smith to be invited to the Downtown Athletic Club, should he make it that far.

In any case, Clarett should be a favorite for the trophy for the next three years.

Games to watch

Virginia Tech at Texas A&M: After struggling to beat Pittsburgh, the Aggies will face its biggest test thus far, the running and defense of Virginia Tech.

Tennessee at Florida: The biggest rivals in the Southeastern Conference face each other in a battle of top 10 teams. The last man standing wins.

Baker's Dozen

Iowa State, led by sensational quarterback Seneca Wallace, climbs into the Baker's Dozen for the first time ever. UH reappears after a decisive victory over Louisiana-Lafayette

1.) Miami

2.) Oklahoma

3.) Houston (tie)

3.) Tennessee (tie)

5.) Virginia Tech

6.) Texas

7.) Southern Cal

8.) Georgia (tie)

8.) Notre Dame (tie)

10.) Oregon

11.) Florida

12.) Florida State

13.) Iowa State

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