The college bowl situation became somewhat clearer yesterday with the lineups apparently set in the Liberty, Tangerine and Aloha bowls.
Maryland, win or lose at Virginia Saturday, will play UCLA in the Aloha Bowl on Christmas Day in Honolulu, it was learned. It is unofficially set for Alabama to play Illinois in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 29 and Boston College to play Auburn in the Tangerine on Dec. 18.
"I would hope it will be Maryland and UCLA (in the Aloha)," Dick Dull, director of athletics at Maryland, said yesterday. The game will be played in 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium and be televised on ESPN and more than 100 stations around the nation, and locally. Each team will receive about $325,000.
Invitations cannot officially be offered until Saturday.
Meanwhile, it was becoming more evident last night that defending national champion Clemson would not be invited to a bowl.
The Gator Bowl and Orange Bowl had been interested in Clemson. However, the 11-ranked team, The Washington Post reported last week, will be placed on two-year probation by the NCAA and ACC. Several bowl officials are waiting to see if either probation takes effect before Saturday. Stan Marks, chairman of the Orange Bowl selection committee, said yesterday Clemson would be very much in the picture if it is eligible. But Florida State and Pitt are his top two teams.
Liberty Bowl officials confirmed to United Press International that they will extend bids Saturday to Alabama and Illinois.
Illinois, ranked in the top 20 earlier this season, finished its regular season with a 7-4 record. Alabama, coached by Bear Bryant who has hinted at retirement, is 7-3 with a game left against Auburn.
Boston College, the Boston Globe reported, will be invited to the Tangerine Bowl even if the Eagles (7-2-1) lose to Holy Cross Saturday. BC-Auburn will offer a contrast in styles. Auburn, of the Southeastern Conference, uses the wishbone; Boston College has one of the nation's best passers, Doug Flutie.
The Gator Bowl reportedly has settled on one team, West Virginia.
For the Fiesta Bowl, John Junker, assistant executive director, said he is "vitally interested in the Nebraska-Oklahoma loser."