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FINAL POLL PUTS UTAH 14TH; NEBRASKA, PENN STATE 1-2

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Nebraska and Penn State, the only undefeated, untied teams in Division I-A, remained 1-2 Sunday in the final regular-season Associated Press college football poll. Utah was ranked 14th.

The national championship will be decided in the bowls, where Nebraska (12-0) plays No. 3 Miami in the Orange and Penn State (11-0) faces No. 12 Oregon in the Rose.The Cornhuskers received 38 first-place votes and 1,526 points from the AP media panel. The Nittany Lions got 24 firsts and 1,511 points.

Nebraska and Penn State also are 1-2 in the USA Today-CNN coaches' poll.

Alabama fell out of title contention Saturday after its first defeat, 24-23 to Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game. The Crimson Tide (11-1) dropped from third to sixth in the AP rankings, while Florida (10-1-1) rose from sixth to fifth.

The SEC game was the only one involving ranked teams on the final weekend of the regular season.

Florida's victory sends the Gators to the Sugar Bowl, where they'll play a rematch against No. 7 Florida State (9-1-1). The arch-rivals tied 31-31 on Nov. 26.

Alabama will play No. 13 Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl.

The Tide's loss boosted Miami (10-1) to No. 3 and Colorado (10-1) to No. 4 in the AP poll. Colorado meets unranked Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.

Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 8 Texas A&M (10-0-1), No. 9 Auburn (9-1-1) and No. 10 Colorado State (10-1). Texas A&M and Auburn are barred from postseason play because of NCAA probation. Colorado State meets Michigan in the Holiday Bowl.

Kansas State is No. 11, followed by Oregon, Ohio State, Utah, Arizona, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, Southern Cal, BYU, North Carolina State, Washington State and Duke.

Other bowl matchups: Las Vegas (Central Michigan-UNLV); Aloha (Kansas State-Boston College); Freedom (Arizona-Utah); Independence (Texas Christian-Virginia); Copper (Oklahoma-BYU); Gator (Tennessee-Virginia Tech); Sun (Texas-North Carolina); Alamo (Baylor-Washington State); Liberty (Illinois-East Carolina); Peach (North Carolina State-Mississippi State); Hall of Fame (Wisconsin-Duke); Carquest (South Carolina-West Virginia); and Cotton (Texas Tech-Southern Cal).