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Record: 12-0, 9-0 Big 12
Coach:
Bob Stoops (second season, 19-5)
Key players:
QB Josh Heupel (3,392 yards, 64.6 percent completions), RB Quentin Griffin (16 TDs), LB Rocky Calmus (117 tackles), LB Torrance Marshall (94 tackles)
Season summary:
Sure, another Oklahoma bowl trip in Stoops' second year was expected, but the Orange Bowl? The No. 1 ranking? No way. Heupel, who already broke most every school passing record last season thanks to Stoops; spread offense, stepped it up a notch this season. That was most evident in an amazing October stretch when the Sooners upset Texas, Kansas State and Nebraska consecutively. Heupel has cooled off a bit of late, but the defense has picked up the slack and then some. In addition to the two stud linebackers, J.T. Thatcher anchors an underrated secondary.
 
 
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Record: 11-1, 7-1 ACC
Coach:
Bobby Bowden (25th season, 242-54-4; 315-86-4 overall)
Key players:
QB Chris Weinke (4,167 yards, 33 TDs), WR Marvin Minnis (1,340 yards, 11 TDs), DE Jamal Reynolds (12 sacks), S Tay Cody (6 INTs, 200 yards)
Season summary:
It wasn't enough just for 28-year-old Weinke to return for his senior season. He had to break every known FSU season passing record while leading an offense that beat opponents by a whopping 32.2 points per game. But the Seminoles' offense is only half the reason they're once again playing for the national championship. A defense that did only enough to get by in 1999 morphed into possibly the best in the country, holding high-flying rival Florida to only seven points. The best sign of FSU's dominance came on Nov. 4 in a 55-7 thrashing of then 8-1 Clemson.
 
   
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