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November 04, 2001

Maryland and Florida State, each with one conference loss, are the front-runners for the ACC title. A look at the race: ACC bowl tie-ins

Champion: BCS bowl (Sugar, Fiesta, Orange or Rose). Sugar and Fiesta are Jan. 1, Orange Jan. 2, Rose Jan. 3. The top two teams in the BCS standings go to the Rose Bowl. The Orange Bowl gets first shot at the ACC titlist.

Second place: Gator Bowl vs. first available Big East team or Notre Dame, Jan. 1.

Third place: Peach Bowl vs. second available SEC team, Dec. 31.

Fourth place: Seattle Bowl vs. third available Pac-10 team, Dec. 28.

Fifth place: Tangerine Bowl vs. fourth available Big East team, Dec. 20.

Note: The Peach and Gator bowls may swap, as may the Seattle and Tangerine. ACC tiebreaker

Two-way tie: Winner of head-to-head meeting unless winner is ranked more than five places below the other team.

Note: The ranking used by the ACC to break ties is the average of a team's ranking in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Maryland's outlook

Winning ACC outright: Maryland needs victories over Clemson and N.C. State, combined with a Florida State loss to either N.C. State on Nov. 10 or Georgia Tech on Dec. 1.

Two-way tie: Based on its 52-31 loss to Florida State on Oct. 27, Maryland would lose a tiebreaker with the Seminoles. But Maryland could finish tied with Florida State and still get a BCS berth if Florida State is ranked more than five spots below the Terps in the average of the two major polls. For that to happen, Florida State probably would need to lose decisively at Florida on Nov. 17.

Poll rankings (AP, ESPN/USA Today)

Team (record) AP E/U

Maryland (8-1, 5-1) 15 16

Florida State (6-2, 5-1) 14 14

Remaining schedules

Maryland Fla. St.

Clemson N.C. St.

N.C. St. Florida*

Ga. Tech

Notes: Home games in bold; *-nonconference game.

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