If these rankings prove accurate, OU will play Florida in the Rose Bowl, for the 2001 national championship. What a coaching matchup. OU coach Bob Stoops against his former mentor and OU wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. against his dad, Florida coach Steve Spurrier.
Florida has 17 starters back from last year's Southeastern Conference title team, including nine on a defense that should be, and had better be, far better than last year.
No. 3-ranked Miami of Florida begins what will be, if good things happen to good people, a long and successful reign by new coach Larry Coker. The Hurricanes return 14 starters from the team that waxed Florida 37-20 last year and should have played OU in the Orange Bowl.
And speaking of good coaching matchups: Miami's defensive backs coach is Mark Stoops, younger brother of OU's Bob and Mike.
No. 4-ranked Texas isn't coached by a Stoops brother, of course, but the Longhorns are guided by, like Coker, a former OU offensive coordinator, Mack Brown.