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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - December 9, 2002 - 7B

Tradition lost in BCS shakeout

With the unveiling of the Bowl Championship Series final standings yesterday, all the bowl games were finally able to offi-
cially announce their matchups for 2002-03. Here's a look at where college football's best - and middle tier - will spend
their holiday seasons.

NEW YORK (AP) - No surprise in
the Fiesta Bowl: It's No. 1 Miami vs.
No. 2 Ohio State in the BCS national
title game matching major college
football's only undefeated teams.
The final Bowl Championship
Series standings released yesterday
were just a formality in determining
the title- game since the Hurricanes
(12-0) and Buckeyes (13-0) had
already accepted bids to the Jan. 3
Fiesta Bowl.
But the three other BCS games took
on a surprising look when the Orange
Bowl pulled off a coup with a Rose
Bowl-like matchup of No. 3 Iowa vs.
No. 5 Southern Cal. on Jan. 2.
Washington State, the Pac-10 cham-
pion, will play Big 12 champion Okla-
homa in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. The
Sugar Bowl on the same day will match
SEC champion Georgia against ACC
champion Florida State, a game featur-
ing Bulldogs coach Mark Richt against
his former boss, Bobby Bowden.

Now that BCS bowl mystery has
been cleared up, Notre Dame (10-2)
ends up as the biggest loser. With Iowa
and Southern Cal. chosen as the at-
large teams, the Irish will play in the
Gator Bowl against North Carolina
Each BCS game team receives
about $13 million, which is split
among conference members. Notre
Dame, as an independent, would have
kept all the money. The Gator Bowl
payout is $1.6 million per team.
While each of the BCS games has
regional tie-ins, the selection rules
allowed the Orange Bowl to end up
without one of six conference champi-
ons. In doing so, the Orange Bowl is
perhaps the most marquee bowl game
outside the Fiesta Bowl.
The Hawkeyes (11-1) and Trojans
(10-2) feature two of the top quarter-
backs in the nation. Brad Banks led
Iowa to a share of the Big Ten title,
while Carson Palmer directed USC to

a co-Pac-10 championship with Wash-
ington State.
"It's ironic to have co-champs from
the Big Ten and Pac-10 playing togeth-
er on another coast," Iowa coach Kirk
Ferentz said. "But with the BCS, things
change. What a great matchup, though.
Two tremendous quarterbacks. South-
ern Cal. may have the sexier name, but
we think it will be a great game."
By finishing fourth in the BCS
standings, Southern Cal. was guaran-
teed a BCS game, while Iowa was the
only one-loss team available since
Georgia was tied to the Sugar Bowl.
The Orange Bowl landed Iowa-
Southern Cal. thanks to a BCS rule
concerning payouts. Since the Orange
has a slightly higher payout than the
Sugar, it got to pick the Trojans.
Here's how: After the Fiesta Bowl
matchup was made, the Orange had
the next pick because its anchor team
- Big East champion Miami - was-
n't available. It chose Iowa.
The Rose Bowl, which lost Big Ten
champion Ohio State, went for Okla-
homa (11-2) to play Pac- 10 champion
Washington State (10-2). The Sugar,
which had its anchor team in Georgia,
then wanted Southern Cal. But so did
the Orange.
In that case, according to BCS rules,
the bowl with the higher payoff gets
first preference. So the Orange went
for Southern Cal. and Iowa.
"Traditionally, we want to go to the
Rose bowl," Ferentz said. "But with
the BCS, the traditions have been

Bowl (location)
New Orleans Bowl
GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala.)
Mazda Tangerine Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl
ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl (Honolulu)
Motor City Bowl (Detroit)
Insight Bowl (Phoenix)
Houston Bowl
MainStay Independence Bowl (Shreveport, La.)
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl (San Diego)
Continental Tire Bowl (Charlotte, N.C.)
Alamo Bowl (San Antonio)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.)
Seattle Bowl
Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl (Boise, Idaho)
Wells Fargo Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas)
AXA Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tenn.)
Silicon Valley Football Classic (San Jose, Calif.)
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Atlanta)
Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl
Outback Bowl (Tampa, Fla.)
SBC Cotton Bowl (Dallas)
Toyota Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Capital One Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
Bowl Championship Series
Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
Nokia Sugar Bowl (New Orleans)
FedEx Orange Bowl (Miami)
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, Ariz.)

Dec. 17, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Dec. 18, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Dec. 23, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 25, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 25, 8 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 26, 5 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 26, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 27, 1 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 27, 8 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 28, 11 a.m., ESPN2
Dec. 28, 8 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 30, 2 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 30, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 31, Noon, ESPN
Dec. 31, 2 p.m., CBS
Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 31, 10:30 p.m., ESPN2
Jan. 1, 11 a.m., ESPN
Jan. 1, 11 a.m., FOX
Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m., NBC
Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ABC
Jan. 1, 5 p.m., ABC
Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m., ABC
Jan. 2, 8 p.m., ABC
Jan. 3, 8 p.m., ABC

Cincinnati vs. North Texas
Marshall vs. Louisville
Clemson vs. Texas Tech
UCLA vs. New Mexico
Hawaii vs. Tulane
Boston College vs. Toledo
Pittsburgh vs. Oregon State
Southern Miss vs. Oklahoma State
Nebraska vs. Mississippi
Kansas State vs. Arizona State
West Virginia vs. Virginia
Colorado vs. Wisconsin
Arkansas vs. Minnesota
Oregon vs. Wake Forest
Iowa State vs. Boise State
Purdue vs. Washington
Colorado State vs. Texas Christian
Georgia Tech vs. Fresno State
Tennessee vs. Maryland
Air Force vs. Virginia Tech
Florida vs. Michigan
Texas vs. Louisiana State
North Carolina State vs. Notre Dame
Penn State vs. Auburn
Oklahoma vs. Washington State
Georgia vs. Florida State
Iowa vs. Southern Cal.
Ohio State vs. Miami

As the college football season draws to a close, the Heisman candidates are
making a final push for their case in the balloting. In particular, Miami (Fla.)'s
Ken Dorsey and Willis McGahee took advantage of their opportunities on
national television to show the nation - and their opponents - why they
deserve college football's top award.
Why Dorsey?: Miami offensive coordina-5
tor Rob Chudzinski tried his best to.get .
his quarterback the Heisman Trophy.
Chudzinski called "the Heisman play" -
a pass from running back Jarrett Payton
to quarterback Ken Dorsey - at the Vir-
ginia Tech 1-yard line with the Hurricanes
ahead 49-21. The play was designed with .
the intent of giving Dorsey a touchdown i
reception and Heisman voters something
to remember. But unfortunately for
Dorsey, the pass from Payton was picked
off and returned for a 96-yard touchdown
by Virginia Tech's Willie Pile. But forget
the play. Dorsey and the Hurricanes are
rolling into Tempe, Ariz. with a 34-game?
winning streak. Miami's Ken Dorsey
H Why McGahee?: While Dorsey was
just being Dorsey, McGahee stole the
spotlight in his final chance to play
before the Heisman voting. The sopho-
more slipped through the hands of Vir-
ginia Tech tacklers all afternoon,
scoring a school record six touch-
- @ downs and rushing for 205 yards in
Miami's 56-45 win over the Hokies.
McGahee ran for scores of 1, 4, 3, 10,
s 1 and 31 yards in his final Heisman
audition to finish the season with
school records in yards (1,686) and
touchdowns (27). McGahee carried
the ball 39 times in the game, show-
Miami's Willis McGahee ing that he is not just a flashy back,
AP PHOTOS but also a workhorse.

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TOP 25

(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Miami (74) 1,850 1
2. Ohio State 1,773 2
3. Iowa 1,678 3
4. Georgia 1,627 4
5. Southern Cal. 1,559 5
6. Kansas State 1,397 6
7. Washington State 1,388 7
8. Oklahoma 1,371 8
9. Texas 1,297 9
10. Penn State 1,107 10
11. Notre Dame 1,104 11
12. Michigan 1,061 13
13. Alabama 984 14
14. Colorado 758 12
15. West Virginia 706 15
16. Florida State 661 16
17. North Carolina State 570 17
18. Boise State 505 19
19. Auburn 483 20
20. Maryland 446 21
21. Virginia Tech 409 18
22. Florida 309 23
23. Colorado State 277 24
24. Pittsburgh 255 25
25. Arkansas 160 22
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Louisiana State 109,
Marshall 70, Tennessee 38, South Florida
26, Oklahoma State 20, Texas Christian 19.

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