Penn State and Oklahoma concluded the regular season Nos. 1 and 2 in voting by United Press International's board of coaches, so the Orange Bowl indeed will match the nation's top two teams. It was the third straight week the pair finished in that order and the sixth week for Penn State (36 of 38 first-place votes) as No. 1.
For Maryland, it was out of sight, out of mind. Ranked 19th a week ago, then idle while awaiting the Cherry Bowl, the Terrapins were the lone team to slip from the top 20 . . .
The best women's basketball team in the state of Virginia is not Old Dominion, it's the University of Virginia, according to this week's AP poll. The Cavaliers (7-0) rank seventh, perennial power Old Dominion a 10-year low at No. 17. Texas (4-0) is No. 1 . . .
With word expected today from the University of Pittsburgh whether Oklahoma State Coach Pat Jones is switching to the Panthers, deposed Pitt football coach Foge Fazio reportedly visited Notre Dame and its new coach, Lou Holtz, to inquire about joining Holtz's staff as defensive coordinator . . .
Morgantown, W.Va., city police said they are "making progress" in the investigation of a melee Sunday at a downtown bar that reportedly involved several former and current West Virginia University football players. WVU Coach Don Nehlen said he was looking into the reports, too.