Color Miami Orange if Notre Dame loses

November 06, 1990|By Knight-Ridder

MIAMI -- Although Colorado unexpectedly leap-frogged the University of Miami in The Associated Press Top 25 poll yesterday, the Orange Bowl will extend an informal bid to the University of Miami this weekend if Notre Dame loses at Tennessee, a university source said.

Orange Bowl president Art Hertz refused to comment last night. But a source close to Hertz said Hertz has informed officials at both schools that a bid will be extended to top-ranked Notre Dame if it wins Saturday but to No. 5 Miami if the Irish, 3 1/2 -point underdogs to the ninth-ranked Volunteers, lose. Hertz met with Notre Dame athletic director Dick Rosenthal yesterday.

Prior to yesterday, it was believed that Notre Dame would get the bid, even after a loss, if still ranked higher than Miami.

Miami and Notre Dame would both have two losses if the Irish lose Saturday (with one of Miami's losses coming to Notre Dame), but Orange Bowl officials want to secure a team by next weekend and fear that the Irish could end up with four losses.

After Tennessee, Notre Dame has two games remaining against Top 25 teams, at home against Penn State Nov. 17 and at Southern Cal Nov. 24. Miami has only unranked Syracuse and San Diego State remaining.

Bowl bids come out Nov. 24 and Orange Bowl officials want security before then, especially in light of the chaos that rained down on the Top 25 poll. Four teams tumbled out of the top 10, including former No. 1 Virginia, and Colorado unexpectedly jumped Miami, going from No. 9 to No. 4 following a win over then third-ranked Nebraska.

Miami, 6-2 after a 45-0 victory over Pittsburgh, moved up three spots after losses by Virginia, Nebraska, No. 4 Auburn and No. 5 Illinois.

AP TOP 25

With first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and last week's rankings.

RecordPtsPvs

1. Notre Dame (37) 7-1-01,4562

2. Washington (13) 8-1-01,4037

3. Houston (5) 8-0-01,3376

4. Colorado (5) 8-1-11,3109

5. Miami, Fla. 6-2-01,2288

6. Iowa 7-1-01,12913

7. Georgia Tech 7-0-11,07416

8. Brigham Young 7-1-01,03910

9. Tennessee 5-1-2 98011

10. Florida 7-1-0 94915

11. Virginia 7-1-0 9241

12. Florida St. 6-2-0 84512

13. Nebraska 8-1-0 8183

14. Texas 6-1-0 78214

15. Auburn 6-1-1 6504

16. Mississippi 8-1-0 60017

17. Illinois 6-2-0 5685

18. Clemson 8-2-0 50918

19. Michigan 5-3-0 43820

20. Oregon 7-2-0 36222

21. Penn St. 6-2-0 27924

22. Louisville 8-1-1 22425

23. Southern Cal 6-2-1 14821

24. Michigan St. 4-3-1 106

25. Wyoming 9-1-0 8419

* Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 73, Ohio St. 71, Oklahoma 36, Arizona 19, Colorado St. 18, Syracuse 17, California 13, S. Mississippi 4, Toledo 3, San Jose St. 2, Minnesota 1, N. Carolina 1.

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