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Rematches becoming annual event

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Posted: Tuesday November 28, 2000 2:59 AM
Updated: Tuesday November 28, 2000 3:18 AM

  Will Josh Heupel and No. 1 Oklahoma avoid the rematch jinx against Kansas State on Saturday? AP

By Jacob Luft,

Rematches in college football used to be random occurrences that caused a furrowed brow to everyone involved.

But with the advent of the various conference championship games, rematches have gone from freak occurrences to annual, almost ho-hum happenings.

The three conference title games scheduled for Saturday are all rematches of regular-season matchups.

Florida trounced Auburn 38-7 in Gainesville on Oct. 14. They meet again Saturday in the SEC Championship Game.

The Big XII Championship Game features Oklahoma and Kansas State, who also played on Oct. 14 with the Sooners winning 41-31.

Even the Mid-American Conference is getting into the act, with Western Michigan facing Marshall for the second time this season. The Broncos routed the Thundering Herd 30-10 on Oct. 5.

Here are some notes on the history of rematches in college football:

  • There have been 15 rematches. The team that won the first game has a 6-8 record in the second game. (Florida State and Florida tied 31-31 the first time they played in 1994.) The general consensus is the team that lost the first game has an advantage because it knows what adjustments to make.

  • Top-ranked teams have lost all three times they were involved in rematches: Michigan State, 1965; Ohio State, 1976; and Florida State, 1996. That's bad news for the No. 1 Sooners heading into their second game with Kansas State on Saturday.

  • Five of the first eight rematches came in the Rose Bowl, which matches up the winners of the Pac-10 and Big Ten conferences.

  • The past three rematches have been in conference championship games, as will the next three. There is also the possibility of a Miami-Florida State rematch in the Orange Bowl if Oklahoma loses to Kansas State on Saturday ... in a rematch.

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    The history of rematches in college football
    Yr  Regular season  Rematch 
    1943  Texas A&M 28, LSU 13  LSU 19, Texas A&M 14 (Orange) 
    1956  Iowa 14, Oregon St. 13  Iowa 35, Oregon St. 19 (Rose) 
    1959  LSU 7, Ole Miss 3  Ole Miss 21, LSU 0 (Sugar) 
    1965  Mich. St. 13, UCLA 3  UCLA 14, Mich. St. 12 (Rose) 
    1975  Ohio St. 41, UCLA 20  UCLA 23, Ohio St. 10 (Rose) 
    1978  Nebraska 17, Okla. 14  Okla. 31, Nebraska 24 (Orange) 
    1982  UCLA 31, Michigan 27  UCLA 24, Michigan 14 (Rose) 
    1987  Mich. St. 27, USC 13  Mich. St. 20, USC 17 (Rose) 
    1994  Florida 31, FSU 31  FSU 23, Florida 17 (Sugar) 
    1995  Toledo 49, Nev. 35  Toledo 40, Nev. 37, OT (Vegas)
    1996  FSU 24, Florida 21  Florida 52, FSU 20 (Sugar) 
    1996  N. Dame 24, LSU 6  LSU 27, N. Dame 9 (Indep.) 
    1999  'Bama 40, Florida 39, OT  'Bama 34, Florida 7 (SEC) 
    1999  Texas 24, Nebraska 20  Nebraska 22, Texas 6 (Big XII) 
    1999  Marshall 31, W. Mich. 17  Marshall 34, W. Mich. 30 (MAC) 
    2000  W. Mich. 30, Marshall 10  MAC Champ. Game
    2000  Florida 38, Auburn 7  SEC Champ. Game
    2000  Oklahoma 41, Kansas State 31  Big XII Champ. Game

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