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Undefeated Teams Could Face Off in Rose Bowl

By Chris Lin
sports columnist

Going into last Saturday, you needed a microscope to find a big game in college football. But just as Walt Williams can score 34 points in an NBA game, anything can happen.

Purdue beat then ninth-ranked Michigan 93 for their first victory against the Wolverines since the Tigers won the World Series in 1984. It marked the second straight year Michigan has failed to score a touchdown against Purdue, although last year they scraped out a 50 win. This year they were not as lucky.

Michigan's defeat is significant. Now the Ohio State Buckeyes need only to beat Indiana tomorrow to go to the Rose Bowl, the first time since the Cold War, Michael Jordan was a draft pick, and Mike Tomzcak was quarterback. The Buckeyes have beaten their last two Big Ten "opponents" by a combined 930. The 27 Hoosiers seem like Banta fodder, but after this week

It also looks like Arizona State is going to the Rose Bowl undefeated, unless they falter against Arizona in their finale. Ohio State still needs to beat Michigan Nov. 23 to get into the Rose Bowl, a task I believe is made more difficult by this week's Purdue debacle.

If the Rose Bowl does indeed get these two undefeated teams, they will at least be second and third in the national rankings. It will also be the only bowl game with undefeated teams. A clear-cut national championship game.

These two teams have handily beaten Nebraska, Penn State, and Notre Dame. People have forgotten that Arizona State deserves respect not only for shutting out Nebraska but also for taking care of the rest of their games.

Meanwhile, Florida built a 22-point lead and then held on to win 2821 over Vanderbilt (27 overall). However, I don't think that Florida should be penalized for the close game. Near upsets are not worth talking about, or else this would be a three-page feature on victories at Northwestern. I think Florida's stature was affected more by the happenings in Tennessee.

The SEC upset that materialized last Saturday was the 2117 shock Memphis gave then sixth-ranked Tennessee. Memphis, in second to last place in the weak Conference U.S.A., had been 26-point underdogs to the Volunteers, who must now fight for an Alliance Bowl slot. It was their second loss of the season. The other was to Florida, whom it dragged down with them in credibility.

Tomorrow's big games feature teams that were upset last week. Virginia will try to regroup from last week's loss to Clemson at home as they play host to the seventh-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. It is time people gave UNC the respect they deserve, with their only loss of the season being a hard-fought game against third-ranked Florida State.

The big game tomorrow features the two most disappointed teams with only two losses: Penn State and Michigan. Both came into the season as national championship and Rose bowl contenders. Now the loser will not go to the Rose Bowl, and neither will the winner.

However, it is still a classic Big Ten matchup in the cold of the Midwest. I see Michigan pulling it out if they stop complaining that Penn State had an extra week to prepare. That is not an excuse, since it looked like Michigan took the week off as well against Purdue.

Finally, Wyoming followed in the footsteps of West Virginia, Alabama, and Brigham Young by waking up last week, losing to San Diego State for their first loss of the season. Now the only undefeated teams are the top four ranked teams and Army. Let's wait until the season is over before we debate who is better, Army or Florida.

And I cannot leave without mentioning the other surprises of the last week. The Cincinnati Bearcats are ranked first in the AP basketball poll, and Evander Holyfield put his faith in God and beat Mike Tyson. Faith is a wonderful thing, huh?