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Sugar Bowl bid is USC's to lose

Originally Published: November 2, 2003
By Brad Edwards | Special to ESPN.com

It didn't happen until the end of the day, but Survival Saturday finally provided the shakeup that seemed so possible from all its hype.

The loss to Virginia Tech left Miami just one victory shy of becoming only the second team in major-college history to win 40 straight regular-season games. But more important to the present, it bumped the Hurricanes from the driver's seat to the back seat of the national title drive.

Oklahoma, following its dominance of intrastate rival Oklahoma ...

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