Texas and Oklahoma cut loose with all their stuff in their regular-season finales this weekend and left little doubt, if any, in anyone's mind that they are the class of college football this season.
The No. 1-ranked Longhorns completed an 11-0 sweep with a resounding 57-28 victory over Texas A&M in College Station Saturday, the day after Oklahoma mashed Nebraska in Norman, Okla., 38-7, to finish 10-1.
Texas, the Southwest Conference champion, can sew up the national championship - hardly mythical, if the Longhorns win - by beating Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.
The Sooners locked up the Big Eight championship and a spot in the Orange Bowl against Arkansas.
Like Oklahoma, Arkansas only loss in a 10-1 season was to Texas. The Longhorns beat Oklahoma, 13-6, and Arkansas, 13-9.
The Pacific-Eight Conference got its Rose Bowl representative when Southern California's Frank Jordan kicked a 38-yard field goal with two seconds to play, beating UCLA, 29-27, in Los Angles Friday night. That sends Washington to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 14 years.
The 7-4 Huskies, who are led by a nifty quarterback named Warren Moon, will oppose Big 10 co-champion Michigan, 10-1.
The Heisman Trophy winner won't be announced until Dec. 8, but half-back Earl Campbell of Texas has practically run away with it and hid it from his rivals.
Campbell went out in style Saturday, with a career-best 222 yards rushing against Texas A&M. Campbell scored three times on the ground and caught a 60-yard touchdown pass, giving him 19 touchdowns for the season.
Those 222 yards gave Campbell the NCAA rushing title with a season total of 1,744 yards for an average of 158.5 yards a game.
Charles Alexander of LSU ran for 231 yards in a 66-7 breeze over Wyoming, giving him 1,636 yard and a 153.2-yard game average.
Terry Miller of Oklahoma State, probably Campbell's chief competition for the Heisman finished the season a week earlier with 1,680 yards, 152.7 yards a game.
Campbell is the No. 5 career rusher in NCAA history, behind Tony Dorsett of Pitt, Ed Marinaro of Cornell, Archie Griffin of Ohio State and Miller.
"If he hadn't had to run from the fullback spot in the wishbone for three years (with limited opportunities to run wide), he'd have had more yards than any of them," Gil Brandt, Dallas Cowboys director of player personnel, appraised.
The wishbone is alive and well at Oklahoma, however, "and will be forever," says coach Barry Switzer.
The things to note is that Oklahoma doesn't run a normal wishbone. The Sooners will send their fullback in motion, as they did to confuse Nebraska, and they will throw the football.
"We're not just running basic plays, you know," said halfback Elvis Peacock, who gained 123 yards against Nebraska. "We've refined the wishbone, updated it, you might say."
The Sooners also have the master at operating the wishbone in quarter-back Thomas Lott. He is so good at reading defenses that Oklahoma's opponents always seem to be guessing and Lott usually makes them guess wrong. He ran for 143 yards against Nebraska.
"We're 10 times better than we were then we played Texas," said Switzer, "and we still have a chance to be No. 1."
"Yeah, but since we lost to Texas, we have to depend on someone else to make us No. 1," Lot answered.
The only someone else left now is Notre Dame.
"We're more wide open now," Lott continued. "We were too conservative when we played Texas. We didn't make them respect our pass or our in side game. I'd give anything to play them again."
TIn other games this weekend, Army beat Navy for the first time in five years, 17-14, and Penn State ended its regular season at 10-1, with a 15-13 squeeze past Pitt in the snow in Pittsburgh. Penn State will play Arizona State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Pitt scored in the final 12 seconds, but failed on the two-point conversion try to tie the game.