Washington, Oregon State Fourth And Sixth, Respectively, In Final BCS Rankings

Dec. 3, 2000


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(AP) - Whatever system college football uses to decide a nationalchampion, Florida State always seems to be in the mix.

For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the Seminoles willplay for a national title -- this time No. 3 Florida State (11-1)goes against No. 1 Oklahoma (12-0) in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

In the third season of the Bowl Championship Series, the systemof rating teams using polls, computers, schedule strength andlosses had the Seminoles second behind the Sooners in the final BCSstandings released Sunday.

The matchup creates the possibility of split national champions.The ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll and AP Top 25 -- the two polls that selectnational champions -- both have Oklahoma and Miami ranked 1-2. IfFlorida State beats Oklahoma and Miami beats Florida in the SugarBowl on Jan. 2, there's a chance for co-champions. Miami defeatedFlorida State 27-24 on Oct. 7.

In the final AP media poll, the sports writers and broadcastersvote independently of the BCS, while the coaches' poll crowns theOrange Bowl winner its champion.

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said the BCS formula shows hisSeminoles are worthy of playing in the Orange Bowl.

'Everything was run through the computer,' Bowden said. 'Wehad nothing to do with it. The facts were fed in during the seasonand it came out ranking us second. We will accept that. I'm notturning it down.'

Miami coach Butch Davis said his team did all it could to reachthe BCS title game, but he had no choice but to accept a Sugar Bowlbid.

'Regardless of how it turned out, it can't take anything awayfrom our great season,' Davis said. 'We had some great games,against Florida State and then Virginia Tech. We've won nine in arow and did everything we think we could have.'

Florida State (11-1) is trying to become just the seventh schoolto win back-to-back national crowns and the first since Nebraskadid it in 1994-95.

Oklahoma, the nation's only major unbeaten team after its 27-24win over Kansas State in the Big 12 title game Saturday night, isgunning for its sixth national title and first since 1985.

The teams last met in the Orange Bowl in 1981, with the Soonerswinning 18-17.

The remaining BCS bowls were filled Sunday, along with the restof the bowl matchups.

In one of the more intriguing matchups, Miami (10-1) and Florida(10-2) renew a heated rivalry that ended in 1987. The Big Eastchampion Hurricanes and SEC champion Gators are scheduled to playagain in 2002.

Because Florida State owns a 30-7 win over Florida, Miami mayneed to win by a similar or greater margin to have a chance at aco-national title.

In the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, it's No. 5 Oregon State (10-1) vs.No. 10 Notre Dame (9-2), putting both schools in a BCS game for thefirst time, and leaving No. 6 Virginia Tech (10-1) with a GatorBowl date against No. 16 Clemson (9-2).

The Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 has been set for weeks -- it's No. 4Washington (10-1) vs. No. 14 Purdue (8-3).

Each team playing in a BCS game receives $13.5 million, but onlythe Fighting Irish, an independent, keeps all the money. The otherteams split the payout among conference members.

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