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Fla. St. To Meet Va. Tech for Title

December 5, 1999

No mystery, no intrigue, just this simple fact: No. 1 Florida State will play No. 2 Virginia Tech for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.

In the second season of the Bowl Championship Series, the system of rating teams using polls, computers, strength of schedule and losses worked perfectly.

As expected, the Seminoles (11-0) and Hokies (11-0) finished first and second in the final BCS standings released Sunday, matching their finish in the AP media poll’s final regular-season rankings. The USA Today/ ESPN coaches’ poll also had the teams ranked 1-2, as did seven of the eight computers used by the BCS.

Even No. 3 Nebraska (11-1), which dominated Texas 22-6 on Saturday to win the Big 12 title, conceded the Florida State-Virginia Tech matchup was the right one. The Cornhuskers, who lost their title chance two weeks ago with a shaky overtime win over Colorado, will play No. 6 Tennessee (9-2) in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan 2.

``We’ll live with the system,″ Nebraska coach Frank Solich said after his team avenged its only loss of the season. ``There’s probably four or five other teams out there that believe they could line up in the national title game. But Florida State and Virginia Tech are great teams, too, and deserving.″

In the other BCS games, it’s Southeastern Conference champion No. 5 Alabama (10-2) vs. No. 8 Michigan (9-2) in the Orange Bowl and Big Ten winner No. 4 Wisconsin (9-2) vs. Pac-10 winner No. 22 Stanford (8-3) in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

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