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BCS ponders establishment of selection committee


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MIAMI — With no plans for a playoff, the Bowl Championship Series will consider using a committee of college football experts to set the next national title game.

``I have to tell you, I really do not see an NFL-style playoff coming to college football any time soon,'' BCS coordinator and Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg said Tuesday.

Weiberg also said the BCS will search for a replacement for The Associated Press poll to help rank the top teams.

Five teams took perfect records into this bowl season, prompting many fans, players and even some coaches to call for a playoff format.

Auburn and Utah won their bowl games while Boise State lost for the first time. Southern California and Oklahoma were to play for the BCS title Tuesday night in a matchup of unbeatens in the Orange Bowl.

Weiberg said he is ``very interested'' in a committee structure that would be similar to the one used to set the field for the NCAA basketball tournaments.

``I'm not prepared to endorse it because I want to hear more about the discussion with my colleagues,'' he said.

``I think we certainly need to take a look and see whether there are alternatives in terms of whether there is another poll that could perhaps be plugged into the spot that was there for the AP poll,'' he said.

The men's NCAA basketball tournament uses a 10-person committee made up of conference commissioners and athletic directors to set its field of 65 teams.

A BCS selection committee would likely need more than 10 members, Weiberg said.

``I don't believe it would be an easy assignment, and I think my sense is, though, there would be people that would be willing to serve and that care a lot about college football, that have been tied to it in the past, that are part of institutions now that would likely step forward,'' he said.

Even if a committee is used to set the 1 vs. 2 game, and possibly even to create a pool of at-large teams for the bowls to choose from, it wouldn't eliminate the need for the BCS standings.

Weiberg said he didn't envision a committee setting all the matchups.

``We still are going to have a need in whatever system we have, even with a committee, to have some sort of standings,'' he said. ``So it would be very likely that even in a committee structure, there would have to be some sort of published standings. How often it would occur, I don't know.

The Associated Press sent the BCS a cease-and-desist letter last month, asking that the AP poll not be used in the BCS formula.

Last year, the BCS decided to emphasize the AP media poll and coaches' poll more than ever before. The two polls each counted for one-third of a team's BCS grade in 2004. A compilation of six computer rankings made up the other third.

The AP said the BCS's unauthorized use of its poll has harmed AP's reputation and interfered with AP's agreements with AP poll voters.

``I don't believe that the coaches' poll and a combination of computers is sufficient,'' Weiberg said. ``I think something else is going to have to happen there.''

Speaking at the Football Writers Association of America awards breakfast, Weiberg said other issues BCS officials will address this offseason include:

— Future automatic qualification provisions for conferences. The new standard will allow all Division I-A conferences the opportunity to earn an automatic BCS bid.

— The logistics of a fifth BCS game. A fifth game was added last year to allow greater access to the BCS. The new double-hosting model will have the current four BCS games — Sugar, Orange, Rose and Fiesta bowls — played about a week before the championship game. The championship game site will continue to rotate between the four major bowls.

— Two television networks. The BCS signed a four-year deal worth $320 million with Fox last month for the broadcast rights to the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar bowls from 2007-10 and the national title game from 2007-09. ABC still owns the rights to the Rose Bowl.

Trojans trample Sooners en route to title

MIAMI — Matt Leinart and Southern California teammates played to perfection, leaving no doubt about this national championship.

Even better, they don't have to share it.

The Heisman Trophy winner threw a record five touchdown passes and USC overwhelmed Oklahoma 55-19 Tuesday night in the Orange Bowl, assuring the Trojans will end the season just as they started: No. 1.

The much-anticipated battle of unbeatens, No. 1 vs. No. 2, turned into a coronation for USC, which had to settle for a share of the national championship last year after being left out of the Bowl Championship Series title game.

Unbeaten Auburn, the odd team out of the BCS title game this season, will have to settle for second. The Tigers certainly couldn't have done any worse against the mighty USC.

The Tigers (13-0) finished their perfect season with a 16-13 win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Monday night.

USC surely will become the first team to repeat as AP national champions since Nebraska in 1994-95 and join Florida State in 1999 as the only teams to go wire-to-wire — from preseason to post bowls — as No. 1.

The final media poll was to be released early Wednesday morning.

The Trojans wrapped up their 2003 national title three days before the BCS championship game by beating Michigan 28-14 in the Rose Bowl.

They won't have to wait for their trophy this season.

With the aide of four Oklahoma turnovers, the Trojans (13-0) ambushed the Sooners (12-1) with 38 points in the final 20 minutes of the first half.

The first meeting of Heisman winners couldn't have been more one-sided. Leinart set an Orange Bowl record with his five scoring tosses and Jason White spent another BCS title game running for his life.

Oklahoma's Heisman winner finished 24-of-36 for 244 yards with three interceptions and two touchdowns.

Leinart was 18-of-35 for 342 yards and he had the USC band playing ``Fight On'' all night. The laidback Californian who replaced Carson Palmer became the first Heisman winner to win a national title since Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997.

Leinhart looked nothing like the overrated quarterback for an average offense as Oklahoma defensive end Larry Birdine described him.

He tossed four scores in the first half as the Trojans turned an early 7-0 deficit into a 38-10 halftime lead.

And when the demolition had ended, the Trojans bounced and danced their way to the locker room, grooving in the end zone as Outkast's ``Hey Yeah'' blared through Pro Player Stadium. Meanwhile, the Sooners trudged off having already allowed more points in a bowl game than any team in school history.

Leinart shrugged off Birdine's comment and played great in what could be his farewell to college football. The junior could be a top pick in the next NFL draft.

He also got plenty of help. The Trojans reached a season high for points and turned the game into a USC highlight reel, with Leinart making pinpoint passes and his receivers making spectacular catches.

Steve Smith caught an Orange Bowl record three touchdown, LenDale White ran for 118 yards and two scores and the USC's defense smothered Oklahoma's freshman sensation Adrian Peterson.

Peterson, the Heisman runner-up, managed just 82 yards on 25 carries.

Senior Mark Bradley made a freshman mistake that set off one of those USC runs that have done in so many opponents during the Trojans' 22-game winning streak.

The Sooners' most versatile player and the son of former Oklahoma quarterback Danny Bradley tried to scoop up a punt that had bounced inside the Oklahoma 5. Collin Ashton grabbed on to Bradley, the ball squirted away and USC recovered at the 6.

Bradley trudged back to the sideline, where he received some pats on the head and back.

His mood no doubt worsened on the next play, when LenDale White reached the ball over the goal line to give the Trojans a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.

USC made it 21 straight points with the help of Oklahoma's second turnover. Under pressure, White heaved a deep ball into quadruple-coverage and Jason Leach came up with USC's 20th interception of the season.

Then the Trojans went to work on Oklahoma freshman cornerback Marcus Walker with their own star freshman, Dwayne Jarrett.

The 6-foot-5 Jarrett went over the 5-11 Walker for an 18 yard gain on third-and-8.

Walker ended up in no-man's land on the next play. He looked like he wanted to blitz but stopped. Meanwhile, Jarrett ran straight down the sideline and hauled in a perfect throw from Leinart for a 54-yard score.

The USC deluge continued.

White was upended while throwing and was picked off by Eric Wright deep in Sooners territory.

This time Leinart found Steve Smith alone in the end zone from 5 yards out, to cap a four-touchdown barrage.

In a span of 10:10, USC turned a 7-0 deficit into a 28-7 lead that left the Sooners looking dumbfounded.

Oklahoma drove for a field goal on the next possession, but all it did was give USC enough time to catch its breath.

Reggie Bush ripped off a 33-yard run to start the Trojans on their way and Leinart again picked on a secondary that looked like Oklahoma's soft spot much of the season.

Leinart went deep to Smith, who hauled in a 33-yarder while hitting the ground to make it 35-10.

Coach Pete Carroll greeted Leinart with a hug after the left-hander's fourth touchdown pass. Leinart gave a sly grin as he glanced up at the scoreboard.

Oklahoma's season-high fourth turnover, led to Ryan Killeen's 44-yard field goal just before halftime.

An aching White trudged into and then limped through the Sugar Bowl last year. But he was spry and agile against the Trojans at the start.

He rolled out, scrambled and stepped up in the pocket while completing four of his first five passes for 75 yards. He finished the 92-yard TD drive by zipping a 5-yarder to Travis Wilson.

Leinart answered quickly, hitting four straight and finding Dominique Byrd deep down the middle for a spinning, one-handed 33-yard touchdown. It was the first touchdown the Sooners had allowed in four games.

And it would only get worse from there for the Sooners.

Final Associated Press & USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls

(Through games of Jan. 4, 2004. Conference USA team, including future members, and Carolinas teams in bold. ECU opponents in red. Teams not belonging to conferences with guaranteed BCS bowl bid in italics.]

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes and record in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

 1. SOUTHERN CAL (62) (13-0) 1,622 1
 2. AUBURN (3) (13-0) 1,559 3
 3. OKLAHOMA (12-1) 1,454 2
 4. UTAH (12-0) 1,438 5
 5. TEXAS (11-1) 1,391 6
 6. LOUISVILLE (11-1) 1,261 7
 7. GEORGIA (10-2) 1,204 8
 8. IOWA (10-2) 1,111 11
 9. CALIFORNIA (10-2) 1,060 4
10. VIRGINIA TECH (10-3) 996 9
11. MIAMI (FL) (9-3) 917 14
12. BOISE STATE (11-1) 888 10
13. TENNESSEE (10-3) 868 15
14. MICHIGAN (9-3) 842 13
15. FLORIDA STATE (9-3) 754 17
16. LOUISIANA STATE (9-3) 711 12
17. WISCONSIN (9-3) 482 16
18. TEXAS TECH (8-4) 476 23
19. ARIZONA STATE (9-3) 463 21
20. OHIO STATE (8-4) 423 24
21. BOSTON COLLEGE (9-3) 314 25
22. FRESNO STATE (9-3) 203 NR
23. VIRGINIA (8-4) 157 18
24. NAVY (10-2) 126 NR
25. PITTSBURGH (8-4) 99 19

Others Receiving Votes:


The Top 25 teams in USA Today/ESPN Coaches college football poll, with first-place votes in and records in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

 1. SOUTHERN CAL (61) (13-0) 1,525 1
 2. AUBURN (13-0) 1,460 3
 3. OKLAHOMA (12-1) 1,366 2
 4. TEXAS (11-1) 1,324 5
 5. UTAH (12-0) 1,300 6
 6. GEORGIA (10-2) 1,191 7
 7. LOUISVILLE (11-1) 1,166 8
 8. IOWA (10-2) 1,022 13
 9. CALIFORNIA (10-2) 937 4
10. VIRGINIA TECH (10-3) 906 9
11. MIAMI (FL) (9-3) 903 14
12. MICHIGAN (9-3) 802 12
13. BOISE STATE (11-1) 792 10
14. FLORIDA STATE (9-3) 776 15
15. TENNESSEE (10-3) 771 17
16. LOUISIANA STATE (9-3) 693 11
17. TEXAS TECH (8-4) 478 21
18. WISCONSIN (9-3) 449 16
19. OHIO STATE (8-4) 430 22
20. ARIZONA STATE (9-3) 377 24
21. BOSTON COLLEGE (9-3) 245 NR
22. FRESNO STATE (9-3) 206 NR
23. VIRGINIA (8-4) 157 18
24. NAVY (10-2) 129 NR
25. FLORIDA (7-5) 101 19

Others Receiving Votes:


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