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Michigan 21, Washington State 16

January 2, 1998

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ With its victory in the Rose Bowl, Michigan needed to do just one more thing to claim the national championship: Wait for the final college football poll.

The top-ranked Wolverines beat No. 8 Washington State 21-16 on Thursday as Brian Griese threw three touchdown passes and Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson played his usual tough defense.

All that remained to validate Michigan’s first national title since 1948 was balloting by the voters in The Associated Press’ final poll. The poll will be released Saturday morning, after No. 2 Nebraska plays No. 3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl.

No team entering a bowl game as the No. 1 team has won the game and not secured the national title.

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