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BCS Shakeup

November 09, 2003|Elliott Teaford

The eight teams that were in position for the BCS bowl games before Saturday:

No. 1 Oklahoma Def. Texas A&M, 77-0

* The Sooners scored touchdowns 10 of the first 11 times they had the ball and called off the dogs late to avoid an even greater farce.

No. 2 USC Idle; Sat. at Arizona

* The Trojans' championship game hopes were bolstered when three of the five other teams with one loss were upset.

No. 3 Florida St. Lost to Clemson, 26-10

* Tommy Bowden defeated his father, Bobby Bowden, for the first time in five tries, ending Florida State's title chances.

No. 4 Miami Lost to Tennessee, 10-6

* The Volunteers halted the Hurricanes' 26-game win streak at the Orange Bowl, holding them without a touchdown for the first time at home since 1984.

No. 5 Ohio St. Def. Michigan St., 33-23

* The Buckeyes continued to roll toward their Big Ten Conference showdown Nov. 22 against Michigan at the Big House.

No. 6 Virginia Tech Lost to Pittsburgh, 31-28

* The Hokies' loss knocked them from title contention and means the Panthers' game Nov. 29 against Miami will decide the Big East.

No. 7 Louisiana St. Idle; Sat. at Alabama

* The Tigers benefited from the upsets of teams ahead of them and will move up in the rankings without having lifted a finger.

No. 8 Michigan Idle; Sat. at Northwestern

* The 8-2 Wolverines figure to vault over the upset victims but cannot lose again or they could be banished to a second-tier bowl game.

-- Elliott Teaford

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