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Football Matchups Set For College Bowl Games

AFTER a week of speculation, the lineups for Jan. 1 football bowl games became official Sunday when the bowl coalition announced its selections.

Top-ranked Florida State (11-1) will play No. 2 Nebraska (11-0) in the 29th meeting between the top two teams in The Associated Press poll. The game is a rematch of last year's Orange Bowl, which Florida State won 27 to 14. No. 3 West Virginia (11-0) turned down a Cotton Bowl invitation to play No. 8 Florida (10-2) for more money in the Sugar Bowl. No. 4 Notre Dame (10-1), the only team to beat Florida State, will play No. 7 Texas A&M (10-1) in a rematch of last year's Cotton Bowl, won by the Fighting Irish.

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The Orange Bowl probably will decide the AP national championship since it matches the top two teams in the media poll. The Rose Bowl matchup features No. 9 Wisconsin (9-1-1) against No. 14 UCLA (8-3). In other Jan. 1 bowls, it's Michigan (7-4) vs. North Carolina State (7-4) in the Hall of Fame; Penn State (9-2) vs. Tennessee (9-1-1) in the Citrus; Miami (9-2) vs. Arizona (9-2) in the Fiesta; and Boston College (8-3) vs. Virginia (7-4) in the Carquest; Michigan State (6-5) vs. Louisville (8-3) in the Liberty; Brigham Young (6-5) vs. Ohio State (9-1-1) in the Holiday; Southern Cal (7-5) vs. Utah (7-5) in the Freedom; Virginia Tech (8-3) vs. Indiana (8-3) in the Independence; Clemson (8-3) vs. Kentucky (6-5) in the Peach; Alabama (8-3-1) vs. North Carolina (10-2) in the Gator.

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