Sunday, December 8, 2008. (AP) It's official: Oklahoma and Florida will play for the BCS national championship. The Sooners and Gators finished atop the BCS standings Sunday and will meet Jan. 8 in Miami for the title.
Both teams are 12-1 and coming off wins in their conference title games Saturday. The Sooners routed Missouri 62-21 to win the Big 12. The Gators beat Alabama 31-20 in the Southeastern Conference.
The Sooners are led by quarterback Sam Bradford and are the first team to score 60-plus points in five straight games since 1919.
The Gators are led by quarterback Tim Tebow and are seeking their second title in three seasons.
After missing a chance to play for a national title, Alabama is headed to the Sugar Bowl to face unbeaten Utah.
The No. 4 Crimson Tide (12-1) was on top of the rankings until a 31-20 loss to Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday. The defeat couldn't have come at a worse time, giving Alabama no chance to bounce back like other one-loss teams such as Florida and Oklahoma, which will meet in the BCS championship game.
In a matchup of tradition-laden programs, the Fiesta Bowl will pair Texas against Ohio State on Jan. 5.
The Fiesta had to replace Big 12 champion Oklahoma, which will play in the Bowl Championship Series title game. It picked up third-ranked Texas and then selected the 10th-ranked, twice-beaten Buckeyes on Sunday.
The Orange Bowl slotted Big East champion and No. 12 Cincinnati (11-2) against Atlantic Coast Conference champ and 21st-ranked Virginia Tech (9-4) on Sunday night, meaning those clubs will play in the 75th edition of South Florida's showcase game on Jan. 1.
The sixth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions will play in the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day for just the third time, facing No. 5 Southern California.
The Trojans will be making their fourth straight appearance and record 34th overall in college football's oldest bowl game, known as the Grandaddy of Them All, an especially appropriate moniker this time around considering Paterno turns 82 in two weeks.
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