Alliance Leaves Byu (13-1) Out
Miami Herald: AP
The Sunshine State got a rematch. Brigham Young got the shaft.
The Bowl Alliance selections yesterday left few surprises for college football fans after Saturday's shocker - Nebraska's loss to Texas in the Big 12 championship game.
Because of the Cornhusker loss, Florida (11-1) rose to No. 3 in the final regular-season rankings and a rematch against top-ranked Florida State (11-0) in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.
The Seminoles beat the Gators 24-21 on Nov. 30. But a Florida victory in the Sugar Bowl, coupled with an Arizona State loss to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, could give the Gators a national title.
Nebraska (10-2) escaped with a berth in the Orange Bowl against Big East co-champion Virginia Tech (10-1). The Fiesta Bowl picked Penn State (10-2) to play Texas (8-4).
Overlooked: Brigham Young, 13-1 and ranked fifth in both major polls. BYU was the highest ranked finalist eligible for one of two at-large alliance slots.
Instead of going to an $8 million alliance game, the Cougars will play No. 14 Kansas State in the $2 million Cotton Bowl.
No. 8 Colorado (9-2) and No. 9 Tennessee (9-2) also went unchosen by the alliance.
-- Defensive coordinator Mike Dubose was named Alabama's new head coach today. He succeeds Gene Stallings, who retired.
-- Scott Sanderson, a senior offensive tackle at Washington State, was a second-team choice on the Newspaper Enterprise Association's All-America team announced today. First-team choices included Arizona State seniors Derrick Rodgers, a defensive end, and Juan Roque, offensive tackle.
-- Chris Canty, a junior All-America cornerback for No. 14-ranked Kansas State, was arrested early today in Manhattan, Kansas, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, campus police said. Canty, an All-American as a sophomore, was one of the defensive backs named to the NEA's All-America first team today.
-- Three backs - Florida's Danny Wuerffel, Arizona State's Jake Plummer and Iowa State's Troy Davis - and Ohio State tackle Orlando Pace today were invited to Saturday night's Heisman Trophy presentation in New York.
-- Jim Colletto, who resigned as Purdue's head coach, has joined new Notre Dame Coach Bob Davie's staff as offensive coordinator.
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