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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 23, 1997

Nebraska rolls over Washington, creeps into
national title chase; Florida tops AP poll

The Associated Press
Here come the Huskers,
and puffing their way back
national title chase.

huffing
into the

In just a matter or hours, or the
time it took Nebraska to dominate
Washington, 27-14, Saturday at
Husky Stadium, the Cornhuskers
came away with the clearest path to
an undefeated season and a berth in
the Orange Bowl, the top game in the
bowl alliance this season.
"This was one of the games on the
schedule that we knew was going to
have a great deal of magnitude to the
national picture," Huskers receivers
coach Ron Brown said.
And guess who might be waiting
for them in Miami?
The defending national champion
Florida Gators, who replaced Penn
State as the No. 1 team in this week's
AP poll with a 33-20 win over

Tennessee.
Although the autumn leaves are
just starting to fall, it's never too
early to toss around national title
scenarios. And after Saturday's
Super Showdown weekend, why not
now?
The Huskers made a big move,
vaulting from No. 7 to No. 3 in the
top 25. Playing in the weak Big 12,
Nebraska's next tough game may not
come until the last week of the regu-
lar season, against Colorado on Nov.
28.
And then, if everything falls right,
it's on to the Big 12 title game.
The Gators became a top candi-
date for a possible national title
rematch against Nebraska with their
win over the Volunteers.
The Huskers beat the Gators, 62-
24, in the Fiesta Bowl to win the
1995 national title, their second

"ints was one of the games on the
schedule that we knew was going to
have a great deal of magnitude to the
national picture
- Ron Brown
Nebraska receivers coach

straight crown.
But Florida (3-0) has a tough road
ahead in its quest for a fifth consec-
utive SEC title and a second straight
national title, including games at
Auburn and LSU before closing the
regular season against Florida State.
"LSU and Auburn will test us a lit-
tle more, but it's just another game
and another challenge," Florida
coach Steve Spurrier said. "We've
had good success in both of those
places."
The Rose Bowl, which joins the
alliance next season, had a bad show-

down day.
Not only did Washington lose, but
so did defending Pac-10 champion
Arizona State, 13-10, to Brigham
Young.
Washington State (3-0), a 35-22
winner over Illinois, is the leading
team in the conference.
On the Big Ten side, there's no
telling what could happen.
Second-ranked Penn State cruised
to a 57-21 win over Louisville, but
the Lions still have games against
No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Ohio State
and No. 12 Michigan State.

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AP PHOTO
Top-ranked Florida beat up Tennessee this weekend and is moving toward its fifth
consecutive SEC title and second straight national title. The Gators will first have
to get by conference foes Auburn, LSU and Florida State.

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