Road to the championship game

October 23, 2001

The top teams in the BCS poll and their path to the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3:


rank Team......Key games......Smelling the roses

1. Oklahoma (7-0) Nebraska (Sat.), vs. Texas A&M (Nov. 10), Big 12 title game (Dec. 1)...May need to beat Huskers twice

2. Nebraska (8-0)... vs. Oklahoma (Sat.), at Colorado (Nov. 23), Big 12 title game (Dec. 1)...May need to beat Sooners twice

3. UCLA (6-0) Washington State (Nov. 3), vs. Oregon (Nov. 10)...Could benefit from NU-OU showdown

4. Miami (5-0)...vs. Syracuse (Nov. 17), vs. Washington (Nov. 24), at Virginia Tech (Dec. 1)...Tough but manageable games at the end

5. Va. Tech (6-0)...vs. Syracuse (Sat.), vs. Miami (Dec. 1)...Helps to get Hurricanes at home

6. Texas (6-1) Texas A&M (Nov. 23), Big 12 title game (Dec. 1)... In Big 12 South with OU - that hurts chances

7. Michigan (5-1) Michigan State (Nov. 3), vs. Ohio State (Nov. 24)...Must stand up to stiff tests each week

8. Maryland (7-0) Florida State (Sat.), vs. Clemson (Nov. 10)...Do or die in Tallahassee on Saturday

9. Tennessee (4-1)...vs. South Carolina (Sat.), at Florida (Dec. 1), SEC title game (Dec. 8)...Hasn't been terribly impressive all year

10. Wash. State (7-0)...vs. UCLA (Nov. 3), vs. Oregon (Sat.), at Washington (Nov. 17)...Gets biggest games at home

11. Florida (5-1) Georgia (Sat.), at S. Carolina (Nov. 10), vs. Fla. State (Nov. 17), vs. Tennessee (Dec. 1), SEC title game (Dec. 8) ...Tough schedule provides challenge, opportunity

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