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Volume 68, Issue 46, Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Sports
 

Irish luck may keep Miami out of Fiesta

AP Top 25

Christian Schmidt

First, I was wrong.

Notre Dame is for real; the Florida State Seminoles didnit beat the Irish, as I said they would.

The Irish are No. 3 in the Bowl Championship rankings, just .3 points behind Miami. Miami has a chance to be undefeated and the reigning national champion and still not play in the national championship game.

Letis talk about the rest of the weekend.

Iowa

Both Iowa teams are having great seasons. The Iowa Hawkeyes beat Michigan in the "Big House," 34-9, handing the Wolverines their worst loss at home in 35 years. Iowa State fell to Texas, 21-10, Saturday, but the Cyclones are still having a great year. The team is 6-3 and ranked No. 22, despite consecutive losses to Oklahoma and Texas.

So, just what is happening in Iowa?

Both teams have good coaches, and both schools have administrators who had faith in those coaches, even through hard times.

Iowais Kirk Ferentz took his team from a 1-10 record in 1999 to 8-1 this year. Iowa Stateis Dan McCarney won no more than four games in his any of his first five seasons with the program.

Now, both are reaping the benefits of that faith. Both teams are ranked and should play in high-profile bowl games.

Wolfpack keeps winning

North Carolina State is 9-0 and ranked in the top 10. Furthermore, they have a good chance to finish the season undefeated. Crushing Clemson 38-6 further established the Wolfpackis reputation and catapulted them into the top 10.

Quarterback Philip Rivers keeps proving heis one of the nationis best, but the real power behind this team is running back T.A. McLendon and free safety Terrence Holt. McLendon is the force behind the offense, and Holt looks like a man playing against boys both on defense and special teams.

This team still isnit a national title contender, but should play in a BCS bowl game, if it beats Florida State.

Cornhuskers win

It says something about just how far Nebraska has fallen when itis good news that the Cornhuskers beat Texas A&M. The Aggie defense looked ordinary against the Cornhuskersi running game.

Nebraska freshman David Horne was supposed to redshirt this season, but when the offense struggled early on, the coaches decided to give the high school All-American a chance. Against the Aggies, he ran for 128 yards and four touchdowns.

Games to watch

Arizona State at Washington State: Two of the best out west square off in a Pac-10 showdown. Arizona State, 7-2, is a big surprises this year, with wins over Oregon and Washington. Still, Wazzu will be too much for the Sun Devils to handle.

Colorado at Oklahoma: The No. 2 Sooners will host Colorado this weekend. Oklahoma needs to shut down Buffaloesi running back Chris Brown, who leads the nation in rushing.

Bakeris Dozen

Notre Dameis win over Florida State puts them in the No. 2 spot in the Bakeris Dozen. Miami holds on to the top spot, despite falling in the BCS rankings.

1.) Miami

2.) Notre Dame

3.) Oklahoma

4.) Ohio State

5.) Virginia Tech

6.) Georgia

7.) Texas

8.) Iowa

9.) North Carolina State

10.) Washington State

11.) Southern Cal

12.) Colorado

13.) Alabama

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