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College Bowls Roundup

November 14, 1991

Undated (AP) _ Not only will the national championship be riding on Saturday’s showdown between top-ranked Florida State and No. 2 Miami, so will pairings for several bowl games.

The winner goes to the Orange Bowl against the Big Eight champion, Nebraska or Colorado. The loser goes elsewhere. If it’s Miami, the Hurricanes go to the Blockbuster Bowl to play Alabama; if it’s Florida State, the Seminoles go to the Cotton Bowl against the Southwest Conference winner, probably Texas A&M.

Bowl bids cannot be officially announced until 3 p.m. EST Sunday, but many of the postseason games already appear to be set.

There is one catch. A new NCAA rule prohibits teams with less than six victories against Division I-A teams from playing in a bowl. The rule could present a problem for Stanford, which has a 6-3 record but with one victory over I-AA Cornell. Stanford’s final games are against Washington State and California.

The latest bowl picture:

ORANGE-Florida State-Miami winner vs. Nebraska or Colorado (Big Eight winner).

ROSE-Michigan (Big Ten winner) vs. Washington (Pac-10 winner).

SUGAR-Notre Dame vs. Florida (SEC winner).

FIESTA-Penn State vs. Tennessee.

COTTON-Texas A&M (SWC winner) vs. Florida State (if it loses to Miami), Big Eight runner-up (Nebraska, Colorado or Oklahoma).

FLORIDA CITRUS-Clemson vs. California.

HALL OF FAME-Syracuse vs. Ohio State.

PEACH-East Carolina vs. North Carolina State.

HANCOCK-Illinois vs. UCLA.

COPPER-Baylor vs. Indiana or North Carolina State.

HOLIDAY-Iowa vs. Brigham Youngt-San Diego State winner (WAC winner).

FREEDOM-Tulsa vs. BYU-San Diego State loser.

INDEPENDENCE-Arkansas (with one more victory) vs. Indiana, North Carolina State or West Virginia.

LIBERTY-Air Force vs. Mississippi-Mississippi State winner.

GATOR-Oklahoma vs. Virginia. BLOCKBUSTER-Alabama vs. Miami (if it loses to Florida State), Colorado or Nebraska.

ALOHA-Stanford (with one more victory) vs. Georgia Tech or Pittsburgh.

CALIFORNIA-Bowling Green vs. Fresno State or San Jose State (Big West winner).

Saturday’s other major games include No. 3 Washington (9-0) at Oregon State (0-9), No. 4 Michigan (8-1) at No. 25 Illinois (6-3), No. 5 Florida (8-1) at home against Kentucky (3-6), No. 6 California (8-1) at home against Arizona State (5-4), No. 7 Alabama (8-1) at Memphis State (5-5), No. 8 Penn State (8-2) at home against No. 12 Notre Dame (8-2), No. 10 Tennessee (6-2) at home against Mississippi (5-4), No. 11 Nebraska (7-1-1) at home against Iowa State (3-5-1), and No. 13 Texas A&M (7-1) at home against Arkansas (5-4).

Also, No. 14 East Carolina (8-1) at Virginia Tech (5-4), No. 15 Clemson (6-1-1) at home against Maryland (2-7), No. 16 Colorado (6-2-1) at home against Kansas (5-4), No. 17 Syracuse (7-2) at home against Boston College (4-5), No. 18 Oklahoma (7-2) at home against Oklahoma State (0-8-1), No. 19 Ohio State (7-2) at home against Indiana (5-3-1), No. 20 Baylor (7-2) at home against Texas Tech (4-5), No. 22 Stanford (6-3) at Washington State (4-5), No. 23 Brigham Young (7-3) at San Diego State (8-2) at night, and No. 24 North Carolina State (7-2) at Duke (4-3-1).

No. 21 Virginia (6-3) is idle.

The matchup between Florida State (10-0) and Miami (8-0) at Tallahassee is the 26th between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams since 1943. The No. 1 team has won 16 times, the No. 2 team has won seven times and there have been two ties.

Miami has played in three of those games. The two times the Hurricanes were ranked No. 2, they won, beating Oklahoma twice - 28-16 in 1986 and 20-14 in 1987 in the Orange Bowl. When they were No. 1, they lost 14-10 to Penn State in 1986 in the Fiesta Bowl.

Florida State, which never has been involved in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 game, is a three-point favorite because of its high-powered offense. The Seminoles are averaging 41 points, third-best in the nation, and 469 yards per game, sixth- highest in the country.

However, they will be trying to crack a Miami defense that has allowed only 58 points, which leads the nation.

″I don’t think they’ve been tested,″ Miami defensive end Rusty Medearis said. ″I don’t think they’ve been up against a great defense yet.″

Florida State has won 16 straight games, Miami has won 14 in a row.

″This is the game of the year,″ Weldon said. ″Everything is on the line.″

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