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Archive for Sunday, December 2, 2001

Miami to play for title

December 2, 2001

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No. 1 Miami punched its ticket to the national title game, while No. 2 Florida and No. 3 Texas were knocked out the title chase on Saturday night.

With its 26-24 win at No. 14 Virginia Tech, the Hurricanes (11-0) clinched a berth in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3, the Bowl Championship Series' designated title game. After the win, two Rose Bowl officials extended an invitation to the 'Canes to play in Pasadena on Jan. 3.

No. 5 Tennessee (10-1) became the favorite to play Miami after its 34-32 win at Florida (9-2). The Volunteers need to beat No. 22 LSU in the SEC title game next Saturday to secure a trip to the Rose Bowl. LSU (8-3) moved into the SEC title game with a 27-14 over Auburn.

Also Saturday, No. 3 Texas (10-2) dropped from title contention by losing to No. 9 Colorado 39-37 in the Big 12 championship game in Irving, Texas.

No. 4 Oregon (10-1) remained in the title hunt with a 17-14 win over Oregon State, while No. 10 BYU (12-0) kept its hopes alive of gaining an at-large berth to a BCS bowl with a 41-38 win at Mississippi State.

No. 6 Nebraska (11-1) also has an outside chance to play in the Rose Bowl.

Following Saturday's games, five teams have locked up BCS spots: Big East winner Miami (Rose), Atlantic Coast Conference winner No. 7 Maryland (10-1), Big 12 winner Colorado, Pac-10 winner Oregon, and Big Ten champion No. 8 Illinois.

The at-large berths are likely to go to Florida and Nebraska.

Should the Vols defeat LSU, the BCS bowl lineup could end up like this:

Rose: Miami vs. Tennessee.

Sugar: Nebraska vs. Illinois.

Orange: Florida vs. Maryland.

Fiesta: Oregon vs. Colorado.

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