Miami up to 2nd in BCS

Terps 15th

College Football

November 06, 2001|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

Miami, No. 1 in both college football polls voted on by humans, finally got some respect from the computer hard drives.

The Hurricanes moved past Oklahoma into the No. 2 spot in the Bowl Championship Series standings released yesterday. Miami, which trailed the Sooners by 0.12 of a point last week, now has a 1.22-point lead on Oklahoma. Miami gained ground in its average in eight computer ratings and in strength of schedule.

Maryland, which dropped out of the BCS rankings last week, moved back in yesterday at No. 15 after beating Troy State on Saturday, 47-14.

The Terrapins (8-1), ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press, have a score of 29.83, slightly behind Florida State, which is 14th in the BCS standings.

Nebraska retained the top spot. The Cornhuskers have 2.62 points, giving them a comfortable lead on Miami, which has 6.61 points. If both teams finish undefeated, they would play for the national championship in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3.

Oklahoma was third with 7.83 points, followed by Tennessee with 12.74 points and Texas with 13.93 points. Oregon, which faces a crucial game at UCLA on Saturday, is sixth with 14.80 points.

Texas hoped to move up after Michigan, No. 4 in last week's standings, lost at Michigan State. However, Tennessee moved from No. 7 last week to No. 4 this week after its victory at Notre Dame. While the Longhorns are No. 5 and the Volunteers are No. 6 in the AP (media) and USA Today/ESPN (coaches) polls, Tennessee moved past the Horns with stronger totals in the computer average and strength-of-schedule category.

Brigham Young, which along with Nebraska and Miami is the nation's only other Division I-A undefeated team, is No. 13. To be eligible to be selected for a BCS at-large bowl, the Cougars must finish in the top 12 of the BCS standings.

Sun staff writer Christian Ewell contributed to this article.

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