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FSU to play UCLA for first time in Emerald

Florida State, as expected, is heading to San Francisco for the Emerald Bowl to play, in something of a surprise, UCLA.

The Dec. 27 bowl had extended a "conditional bid" to the Seminoles (6-6) last weekend. It couldn't make it official until the BCS released Virginia Tech as a possible at-large selection. That happened Tuesday afternoon. As for its Pac-10 selection, the bowl seemingly was poised to take Arizona State, but the school fired its coach and that made UCLA (6-5) an attractive alternative, especially if the Bruins play well Saturday against No. 2 Southern Cal.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to play UCLA," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "We knew we would get a program with great tradition since it would be from the Pac-10 and the fact that it is UCLA makes it very special to our program and our players."

The two teams have never met, and FSU will be making its first trip to northern California.

Each school will be allotted 10,000 tickets. The FSU ticket office will begin taking phone orders at 8:30 a.m. today. Tickets cost $75 (club), $50 (lower level) and $40 (upper level). Call (888) 378-6653 or order online at

POINSETTIA BOWL: Northern Illinois faces TCU on Dec. 19 in San Diego. The nation's leading rusher, Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe, will go against one of the best run defenses.

NEW ORLEANS BOWL: Rice makes its first bowl appearance since 1961, likely against Troy, on Dec. 22.

ARMED FORCES BOWL: Tulsa faces Utah on Dec. 23 in Forth Worth, Texas.

NEW MEXICO BOWL: San Jose State faces New Mexico on Dec. 23 in Albuquerque.

HAWAII BOWL: Arizona State faces Hawaii on Dec. 24.

MOTOR CITY BOWL: Central Michigan faces an opponent to be determined on Dec. 26 in Detroit.

HOLIDAY BOWL: Cal plays in the Dec. 28 game in San Diego for the second time in three seasons.

SUN BOWL: Oregon State faces either Missouri or a Big East team on Dec. 29 in El Paso, Texas.

INTERNATIONAL BOWL: Western Michigan faces a Big East team on Jan. 6 in Toronto.

UF: Harvin sits out

GAINESVILLE - Freshman receiver Percy Harvin missed practice again Tuesday with soreness in his neck area.

"It went numb on him. It's just real sore right now, stiff," coach Urban Meyer said.

Harvin, hurt last week against Florida State, should play Saturday against Arkansas in the SEC title game in Atlanta.

Linebacker Earl Everett (ankle) and running back DeShawn Wynn (shoulder) also didn't practice.

If Wynn is limited, other running options are sophomores Kestahn Moore and Markus Manson and freshman quarterback Tim Tebow.

ACC AWARDS: Wake Forest's Jim Grobe was the unanimous selection as coach of the year and Demon Deacons quarterback Riley Skinner received 48 of a possible 80 votes for rookie of the year. Clemson running back C.J. Spiller was runnerup with 25 votes. FSU defensive back Myron Rolle got two votes.

LENOIR-RHYNE: Fred Goldsmith, the former Duke coach named in a sex-discrimination lawsuit by a female kicker, was hired to coach the Division II team. He most recently coached at a high school in Franklin, N.C. Goldsmith was ACC coach of the year at Duke in 1994 but was fired three years later.

OKLAHOMA: Tailback Adrian Peterson will not play against Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday. Peterson broke his collarbone Oct. 14. He might return for a bowl.

SMU: Phil Bennett is remaining as coach, the school said.

TULANE: Coach Chris Scelfo was fired after going 37-57 in eight seasons.

Correspondent Ian Fisher contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.