?MOST CANDOR BY A PLAYER. Oklahoma quarterback Jamelle Holieway on Miami coach Jimmy Johnson's not wanting to give the Sooners a rematch in the Orange Bowl: "What does he have to prove? He's beaten us two times."
?MOST CANDOR BY A COACH. Washington State's Jim Walden on the archrival Washington Huskies: "I admire them, I respect them, but I hate them."
?BEST STAT. Penn State's 15 fifth-year seniors will be participating in their third national championship game.
?STATS THAT LIED THE MOST. In the UCLA-Oregon State game the Bruins had 22 first downs, the Beavers 23; the Bruins gained 393 yards, the Beavers 380. UCLA won 49-0.
?UNIVERSITY PREZ WITH BEST GRASP OF LIMITATIONS. Colorado's Gordon Gee, who says, "To keep a university community happy, the president is supposed to provide football tickets for the alumni, parking for the faculty and sex for the students. I have been unable to do any of them."
?WORST BOWL GAME. The Liberty. Through careful planning it was able to match 6-5 Tennessee, which got drilled 25-21 by lackluster Army, and 6-5 Minnesota, which was upended 24-20 by tiny Pacific and edged 63-0 by Oklahoma.
?BEST BOWL. Please.
?HOTTEST ISSUE. A long-overdue playoff system.
?MOST OVERRATED TEAM. Nebraska. Any team that chokes the way the Huskers did in their 20-17 loss to the Sooners should bag its head.
?WORST GAME OF THE YEAR. A tie between all of Houston's games and all of Cal's games. Honorable mention: Missouri 48, Kansas 0.