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The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is a selection system designed to pair the top two teams in college football against each other in the BCS National Championship Game, with the winner crowned the BCS national champion. The system also selects matchups for the other prestigious BCS bowl games. The ten teams selected include the conference champion from each of the six BCS conferences plus four others ("at-large" selections). It has been in place since the 1998 season, but a number of controversial selections have spurred changes in the system that continue into the present. Prior to the 2006 season eight teams competed in four BCS Bowls. The BCS replaced the Bowl Alliance (in place from 19951997), which followed the Bowl Coalition (in place from 19921994). As of the 2006–07 season, the BCS will air primarily on FOX while only the Rose Bowl will continue to be shown on ABC. Image File history File links Foxbcslogo. ... Image File history File links Foxbcslogo. ... FOX redirects here. ... This article covers college football played in the United States. ... The BCS National Championship Game or BCS title game is the final bowl game of the annual Bowl Championship Series and is intended by Series organizers to determine the NCAA Division I-A national football championship. ... A bowl game is a post-season college football game, typically at the Division I-A level. ... The BCS Conferences are the six major NCAA Division I-A conferences that receive an automatic bid into the Bowl Championship Series every year. ... The 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season was the first of the Bowl Championship Series, which crowned Tennessee its national champion, the schools first since the 1950s and one year after mega star quarterback Peyton Manning left for the NFL. The BCS combined elements of the old Bowl... The 2006 NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) football season, or the college football season, began on August 31, 2006 and, aside from all-star exhibition games that follow, concluded with the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game on January 8, 2007 in Glendale, Arizona, USA, where the... The Bowl Alliance was an agreement among college football bowl games for the purpose of trying to match the top two teams in a national championship bowl game and to provide quality bowl game matchups for the champions of its member conferences. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... The Bowl Coalition was an agreement among college football bowl games for the purpose of trying to match the top two teams in a national championship bowl game and to provide quality bowl game matchups for the champions of its member conferences. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ...

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BCS bowl games

For a complete list of bowl games for the 2007–2008 season, see 2007–08 NCAA football bowl games.
A map of every university in the BCS Conferences.
A map of every university in the BCS Conferences.

In the current BCS format, four bowl games and the National Championship Game are considered "BCS bowl games". The four bowl games are the Rose Bowl Game in Cary, the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, and the Orange Bowl in Miami. In the first eight seasons of the BCS contract, the championship game was rotated among the four bowls; for example, the Sugar Bowl would have the national championship "weight" once every four years. Starting with the 2007 BCS, the site of the game that served as the last game on January 1 (or if January 1 fell on a Sunday, January 2) in the BCS will now serve as the host facility of the new stand-alone BCS National Championship game played on January 8 of that year, one week following the playing of the traditional bowl game which would follow the Rose Bowl with the exception of the games to be played in 2010. There are also twenty-seven non-BCS bowls. The 2007-08 NCAA College Football Bowl Games[1] post-season schedule will follow the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS regular season in college football. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2500x1375, 102 KB) Derived from GFDL work by James Harry Nelson of Madison,MS (http://en. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2500x1375, 102 KB) Derived from GFDL work by James Harry Nelson of Madison,MS (http://en. ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ... Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... The Sugar Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game played in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... The Fiesta Bowl, now sponsored by Tostitos tortilla chips (a Frito-Lay product), is a United States college football game played annually since 1971. ... Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State Counties Maricopa Government  - Mayor Elaine Scruggs (R) Area  - City  55. ... The Orange Bowl is an annual college football game that is usually played on January 1 in the Miami, Florida metro area, in the United States. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into NCAA football bowl games, 2006-07. ...


Initial plans were for the additional BCS bowl game to be held at the site of that year's championship game, such that the additional, non-championship bowl be named after the original bowl (e.g. the Sugar Bowl when the championship is in New Orleans), and have the extra game just be called "The National Championship Game". Later, the BCS considered having cities bid to be the permanent site of the new BCS game, and to place the new game in the title rotation. In the end, the BCS opted for its original plan.


A complicated set of rules is used to determine which teams compete in the BCS bowl games[1]. Certain teams are given automatic berths depending on their BCS ranking and conference, as follows:

  • The top two teams are given automatic berths in the BCS National Championship Game.
  • The champions of the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10, and SEC conferences are guaranteed automatic BCS bowl appearances unless two teams from one of these conferences finish in the top two of the final BCS ranking that did not win that conference. The previous sentence does not make sense, read it again, then edit.
  • The highest ranked champion of a non-BCS conference will receive an automatic berth if:
    • It is ranked in the top twelve, or
    • Ranked in the top sixteen and higher than another BCS Conference champion.
  • A special case is made for independent Notre Dame, which receives an automatic berth if it finishes in the top eight.
  • No more than two teams from any one conference may receive berths in BCS games.
  • The third-ranked team will receive an automatic berth if it has not already received one, and if it is a member of a BCS Conference.
  • If the third-ranked team did not require an at-large berth, then the fourth-ranked team will receive an automatic berth if it has not already received one, and if it is a member of a BCS Conference.

After the automatic berths have been granted, the remaining berths, known as "at-large" berths, are filled from a pool of teams who are ranked in the top fourteen and have at least nine wins. The actual teams that are chosen for the at-large berths are determined by the individual bowl committees. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference of twelve schools located in the central United States. ... The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of seventeen universities in the northeastern, southeastern and midwestern United States. ... For other uses of the term Big Ten see Big Ten (disambiguation). ... The Pacific Ten Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... The BCS Conferences are the six major NCAA Division I-A conferences that receive an automatic bid into the Bowl Championship Series every year. ... Head coach Charlie Weis 3rd year, 22–15–0 through 11/24/07 Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium Capacity 80,795 - Grass Conference Independent First year 1887 Athletic director Dr. Kevin White Website UND.com Team records All-time record 824–278–42 (.739) Postseason bowl record 13–15 Awards...


If fewer than 10 teams are eligible for selection, then an at-large team will be any Football Bowl Subdivision team that is bowl-eligible, has won at least nine regular-season games and is among the top 18 teams in the final BCS Standings. If fewer than 10 teams are eligible after expanding the at-large pool to 18 teams, then the at-large pool will continue to be expanded by four additional positions in the BCS Standings until 10 or more teams are eligible. [2]


Despite the possibility of an "at-large" berth being granted to a "mid-major" conference team, this didn't happen until the 2004-05 season, when Utah received a BCS bid to play in the Fiesta Bowl, in which the Utes convincingly defeated Pittsburgh 35-7. The extra BCS game will relax requirements to give mid-major conferences better access to a BCS bowl game, possibly ahead of a higher ranked school from a major conference. The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U or the UU), located in Salt Lake City, is the flagship public research university in the state of Utah, and one of 10 institutions that make up the Utah System of Higher Education. ... The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ...


Unless their champion is involved in the BCS National Championship game, the conference tie-ins are as follows:

  • Rose Bowl - Big 10 vs. Pac-10.
  • Fiesta Bowl - Big 12.
  • Orange Bowl - ACC.
  • Sugar Bowl - SEC.

The Big East champion takes one of the at-large spots remaining.


BCS rankings

For the portions of the ranking that are determined by polls and computer-generated rankings, the BCS uses a series of Borda counts to arrive at its overall rankings. This is an example of using a voting system to generate a complete ordered list of winners from both human and computer-constructed votes. Obtaining a fair ranking system is a difficult mathematical problem and numerous algorithms have been proposed for ranking college football teams in particular. One example is the "random-walker rankings" studied by applied mathematicians Thomas Callaghan, Peter Mucha, and Mason Porter that employs the science of complex networks. The Borda count is a single winner election method in which voters rank candidates in order of preference. ... A voting system is a means of choosing between a number of options, based on the input of a number of voters. ... In network science, which touches scientific disciplines as varied as computer science, mathematics, physics, biology and sociology, the term complex network refers to a network (graph) that has non-trivial topological structure. ...


1998-2003

The BCS formula calculated the top 25 teams in poll format. After combining a number of factors, a final point total was created and the teams that received the 25 lowest scores were ranked in descending order. The factors were:

  • Poll average: Both the AP and ESPN-USA Today coaches polls were averaged to make a number which is the poll average.
  • Computer average: An average of the rankings of a team in three different computer polls were gathered (Jeff Sagarin/USA Today, Anderson-Hester/Seattle Times, and New York Times), with a 50% adjusted maximum deviation factor. (For instance, if the computers had ranked a team third, fifth, and twelfth, the poll which ranked the team twelfth would be adjusted to rank the team sixth.)
  • Strength of Schedule: This was the team's NCAA rank in strength of schedule divided by 25. A team's strength of schedule was calculated by win/loss record of opponents (66.6%) and cumulative win/loss record of team's opponents (33.3%). The team who played the toughest schedule was given .04 points, second toughest .08 points, and so on.
  • Losses: One point was added for every loss the team has suffered during the season. All games are counted, including Kickoff Classics and conference title games. [3]

Before the 1999-2000 season, Five more computer rankings were added to the system. The new five were Richard Billingsley, Richard Dunkel, Kenneth Massey, Herman Matthews/Scripps Howard and David Rothman. The lowest ranking was dropped and the remainder averaged. The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... A Sports rating system is a program that analyzes results of sports competitions to provide an objective ratings for each team or player. ... Jeff Sagarin is a statistician well-known for his development of a methodology for ranking and rating sports teams in a variety of sports. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... The daily Seattle Times is the leading newspaper in Seattle, Washington, United States. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Kenneth Massey is an American sports statistician well-known for his development of a methodology for ranking and rating sports teams in a variety of sports. ... Scripps Center, the corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


Begininning in 2001, The Peter Wolfe and Wes Colley/Atlanta Journal-Constitution computer rankings were used in place of the NYT and Dunkel rankings, The change was made because the BCS wanted computer rankings that did not depend heavily on margin of victory. [4] The highest and lowest rankings were discarded, and the remainder averaged. A team's poll average, computer average, strength of schedule points, and losses were added to create a subtotal. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the only major daily newspaper of Atlanta and metro Atlanta. ...


Also in 2001, a quality win component was added. If a team beat a team which was in the top 15 in the BCS standings, a range of 1.5 to .1 points was subtracted from their total. Beating the #1 ranked team resulted in a subtraction of 1.5 point, beating the #2 team resulted in a deduction of 1.4 points, and so on. Beating the #15 ranked team would have resulted in a deduction of .1 points. A team would only be awarded for a quality win once if it beat a Top 10 team more than once (such as in the regular season and a conference championship game), and quality wins were determined using a team's current subtotal, not the ranking when the game was played. The subtotal ranks were used to determine quality win deductions to create a team's final score.


The BCS continued to purge ranking systems which included margin of victory, causing the removal of the Matthews and Rothman ratings before the 2002 season. Sagarin provided a BCS-specific formula that did not include margin of victory, and the New York Times index returned in a form without margin of victory considerations. In addition, a new computer ranking, the Wesley Colley Matrix, was added. [5] The lowest ranking was dropped and the remaining six averaged. Also in 2002, the quality win component was modified such that the deduction for beating the #1 team in the BCS would be 1.0, declining by 0.1 increments until beating the 10th ranked team at 0.1. Teams on probation were not included in the BCS standings, but quality win points were given to teams who beat teams on probation as if they were ranked accordingly in the BCS.


2004-Present

In response to the controversy created by the voters in the AP poll naming USC as the No. 1 ranked team at the end of the year, [1] the formula was completely rewritten. Supporters of USC and the media in general criticized the fact that human polls were not weighted more heavily than computer rankings and this criticism led to the new math.

  • AP Poll: A team's AP Poll number is the percentage of the possible points it could receive in the poll. As an example, in the final regular-season poll of 2003, LSU received a total of 1,580 out of a possible 1,625 points from the voters, giving them an AP Poll percentage of 97.2.
  • Coaches' Poll: This is calculated in the same manner as the AP Poll number. For LSU, their final regular-season number in this poll would have been 99.4 (1,516 out of 1,525 possible points).
  • Computer Average: The BCS used six ranking systems, with the New York Times opting not to participate. In the calculation, the highest and lowest ranking for each team are dropped. Then, it will give a team 25 points for a Number 1 ranking in an individual system, 24 points for Number 2, and so on down to 1 point. Each team's set of numbers is then added, conveniently making the number compatible with the percentages from the two polls. To address concerns about loss of the schedule strength factor, the description of the computer rankings explicitly included schedule strength as a consideration.

For USC, dropping their highest and lowest computer rankings would have left them with four third-place finishes, worth 23 points each for a total of 92, while LSU would have had four second-place finishes for a total of 96. The BCS averaged the three numbers obtained above, divided the result by 100, and converted it to a decimal fraction. This system placed twice as much emphasis on human polls than computer rankings, and made it highly unlikely that the top team in both human polls would be denied a place in the title game, as it happened in 2003-04. In mathematics and statistics, the arithmetic mean (or simply the mean) of a list of numbers is the sum of all the members of the list divided by the number of items in the list. ...


The BCS formula for the 2005-06 season was the same as 2004-05, except that the Harris Interactive College Football Poll replaced the AP poll. [6] [7] The Harris Interactive College Football Poll's maximum point value was 2,825 [8] and for the Coaches' Poll, it was 1,550. The Harris Interactive College Football Poll was created expressly to replace the AP Poll after the Associated Press refused the use of its poll as a component of the BCS formula going forward. Before the 2006-07 season, the maximum point value of the Harris Poll was increased to 2,850 and the USA Today/Coaches' Poll was increased to 1,575. The Harris Interactive College Football Poll is a weekly ranking of the top 25 NCAA Division I-A college football teams. ...


BCS controversies

Among the criticism of the BCS (and the bowl system in general) is the fact that the final ranking of Division I FBS NCAA football teams is decided by arbitrary and subjective standards. Opponents of the current system believe that the “champion” of the largest and most popular collegiate sport should be decided on the field, in a head-to-head match-up. In 2003, six teams (three from BCS conferences) finished the regular season with one loss, with no unbeaten team, while in the following season, 5 teams (again with three from BCS conferences) finished the regular season unbeaten. In both seasons, the three teams from BCS conferences had legitimate cases for playing in the BCS title game. More recently, the Associated Press has prohibited the BCS from using its rankings in the BCS formula, and ESPN has removed itself from the USA Today coaches poll. The BCS Conferences are the six major NCAA Division I-A conferences that receive an automatic bid into the Bowl Championship Series every year. ... The BCS National Championship Game or BCS title game is the final game annually of the Bowl Championship Series intended by Series organizers to determine the NCAA Division I-A national football championship. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ...


Only playing a single national championship game requires a formula to determine which two teams receive bids. The most recent year in which there were only two undefeated Division I-A or FBS teams at the end of the regular season was 2006, when Ohio State and Boise State both finished the regular season undefeated, but the Buckeyes were believed to have played a tougher schedule. Florida lost one game in SEC play. Florida's victory over Ohio State in the title game in 2007 might have vindicated the process. However, if USC had beaten UCLA, it would have likely played in the title game, leaving Florida out of luck because of the lack of a playoff. The 2006 NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) football season, or the college football season, began on August 31, 2006 and, aside from all-star exhibition games that follow, concluded with the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game on January 8, 2007 in Glendale, Arizona, USA, where the... 2007 BCS National Championship Game BCS National Championship Game Florida Gators at Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0) 14 January 8, 2007 University of Phoenix Stadium The 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game or BCS Title Game was played on January 8, 2007 at the University of Phoenix...


Another criticism of the system is that it is often accused of institutionalized bias towards the six BCS conferences (and Notre Dame, which is independent) at the deliberate expense of the five non-BCS conferences. Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, six non-BCS conference Division I-A or FBS teams have finished the regular season undefeated (Tulane in 1998, Marshall in 1999, Utah in 2004, Boise State in 2004 and 2006, and Hawaii in 2007) without being given an opportunity to win the national championship, making it impossible for a non-BCS conference team to compete for the BCS title regardless of their achievements on the field. In 1999 Marshall was in danger of not going to any bowl game despite their #11 final ranking, due to MAC bowl tie-ins. Head coach Charlie Weis 3rd year, 22–15–0 through 11/24/07 Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium Capacity 80,795 - Grass Conference Independent First year 1887 Athletic director Dr. Kevin White Website UND.com Team records All-time record 824–278–42 (.739) Postseason bowl record 13–15 Awards... Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Marshall University is a public university based in Huntington, West Virginia. ... The Utah Utes are the athletics teams of the University of Utah. ... This page discusses the Boise State football program. ... The 2006 Boise State Broncos football team represented Boise State University in the 2006 college football season. ... City Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii Team Colors Green and Black Head Coach June Jones Home Stadium Aloha Stadium League/Conference affiliations No affiliation (1909-1911, 1915-1941) Division II Independent (1946-1960, 1962-1973) Division I-A Independent (1974-1978) Western Athletic Conference (1979-present) No team (1912-1914, 1942... The 2007 Hawaii Warriors football team is currently representing the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in the 2007 NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision college football season. ... The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is a college athletic conference with a membership base that stretches from New York to Illinois. ...


A third criticism is that a team can fail to win its conference championship, but still play in the BCS championship game. This happened in the 2001 and 2003 seasons. In 2001 Nebraska played Miami (Florida), after losing to Colorado during the regular season and, therefore, did not play in the Big 12 Conference Championship game. In 2003 Oklahoma played LSU despite losing to Kansas State 35-7 in the Big 12 Conference title game. Head coach Tom Osborne (interim) 26th year, 255–49–3 Home stadium Memorial Stadium, Lincoln Capacity 84,067 - FieldTurf Conference Big 12 - North First year 1890 Athletic director Tom Osborne Website huskers. ... Head coach Randy Shannon 1st year, 4–2–0 Home stadium Miami Orange Bowl Capacity 72,319 - Grass Conference ACC - Coastal First year 1926 Athletic director Paul Dee Website HurricaneSports. ... Head coach Dan Hawkins 2nd year, 8–16 Home stadium Folsom Field Capacity 53,750 - Grass Conference Big 12 - North First year 1890 Athletic director Mike Bohn Website CUBuffs. ... The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference of twelve schools located in the central United States. ... Head coach Bob Stoops 8th year, 78–18 Home stadium Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Capacity 82,112 - Grass Conference Big 12 - South First year 1895 Athletic director Joe Castiglione Website SoonerSports. ... City Baton Rouge, Louisiana Team Mascot Mike the Tiger Team Colors Purple and gold Head Coach Les Miles Home Stadium Tiger Stadium League/Conference affiliations Independent (1893-1895) Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1896-1921) Southern Conference (1922-1932) Southeastern Conference (1932-present) Western Division (1992-present) Team history All-Time... Kansas State Universitys athletic teams are called the Wildcats, and their official color is royal purple; white and silver are generally used as complementary colors. ... The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference of twelve schools located in the central United States. ...


A fourth criticism is that the BCS does not account sufficiently for the strength and parity of particular conferences. This criticism is commonly used in support of the SEC, which many believe is the toughest conference, where a team with a conference loss would be a more deserving opponent in the National Championship game than an undefeated team from another conference. This argument claims that most teams would not come out undefeated with a weekly schedule in a conference such as the SEC and that the computer rankings do not do enough to mitigate the problem. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ...


Questions regarding disparities in revenue sharing

In addition to concerns about the inclusion of non-BCS conference teams in the five BCS bowls, some critics have noted the disparities between the amounts paid to the six BCS conferences and their respective schools, as opposed to other conferences and their own schools.


The official BCS website discusses the payouts for the 2007-2008 BCS bowls. [2]

  • Each BCS conference is guaranteed approximately $17 million, plus an additional $4.5 million should a second conference team be selected. Although each conference has its own arrangement for the distribution of these funds, the average income per school in each conference is as follows (One team selected/Two teams selected):
    • Atlantic Coast (12 teams): $1.417M / $1.792M
    • Big East (8 teams): $2.125M / $2.688M
    • Big Ten (11 teams): $1.545M / $1.955M
    • Big 12 (12 teams): $1.417M / $1.792M
    • Pacific 10 (10 teams): $1.7M / $2.15M
    • Southeastern (12 teams): $1.417M / $1.792M
  • Notre Dame is guaranteed 1/66th of net revenues, or approximately $1.3 million. If selected to play in a BCS bowl, Notre Dame will receive $4.5 million.
  • Independent programs Army and Navy will each receive $100,000 for allowing their teams to participate in the selection for BCS bowls.
  • A total of $1.8 million will be paid to the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA), which is comprised of 122 football programs. As a result, although the actual distribution will vary significantly, each school will receive an average of $14,754.
  • Nine percent, or approximately $9 million, is guaranteed in aggregate to Conference USA, the Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt, and Western Athletic conferences. If a team from one of these five conferences plays in a BCS bowl, an additional nine percent (approximately $9M) will be given in aggregate to the conferences, and if a second team participates, those conferences will receive an additional $4.5M. These five conferences are composed of a total of 51 teams, broken down as follows:
    • Conference USA - 12 teams
    • Mid-American - 13 teams
    • Mountain West - 9 teams
    • Sun Belt - 8 teams
    • Western Athletic - 9 teams
  • Therefore, if the payouts to these conferences were broken down equally per school (which is not the case), this would amount to an average of $176,470 per school. If one team from these conferences were to play in a BCS game, that figure would increase to $352,941 per school. Should two teams be selected, the average per school would rise to $441,176 per school.

As a result, in the best-case scenario schools from the non-BCS conferences would receive approximately 34% of the least of the schools in the BCS conferences, including Notre Dame. These numbers are not the actual amounts paid to each school, but look at the amounts paid to each school on average.


The disparities between BCS conferences and non-BCS conferences continue outside the Bowl Championship Series to other bowls, but since the payouts for the five BCS bowls are so much greater than other bowls, the BCS has a major impact on revenue distribution paid to the various Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) schools. A 2003 study[3] described the disparities between the different schools. In 2003, there were 24 bowls other than the BCS bowls, creating opportunities for 48 teams to participate in bowl games. Of these 48 teams, 33 were from BCS conferences.


In 2003, the Big Ten led all conferences with $31.9 million from its seven bowl appearances. By comparison, Conference USA, which led the non-BCS conferences with five bowl appearances, brought in a total of $5.75 million. TCU led all non-BCS schools with $1.37 million from its Liberty bowl appearance.


As a result, there has been significant criticism regarding the revenue distribution by bowls, specifically the BCS due to its significantly higher payout to participating teams. This disparity coupled with the comparative difficulty for non-BCS teams to participate in BCS bowls, compounded by the uneven split even for non-BCS teams competing in a BCS bowl, have raised calls for further reform in the revenue distribution structure. These concerns have also called into question the underlying motivations of the BCS, insofar as revenue is concerned. These issues have been the center of some Congressional inquiries, as well.[4]


1998-99 season

The first year of the BCS ended in controversy when Kansas State finished third in the final BCS standings but was passed over for participation in BCS bowl games in favor of Ohio State (ranked 4th) and Florida (ranked 8th). The following season, the BCS adopted the "Kansas State Rule," which provides that the 3rd ranked team (or 4th ranked team if the 3rd ranked team has already qualified as a conference champion) in the final BCS standings is ensured of an invitation to a BCS bowl game. Kansas State Universitys athletic teams are called the Wildcats, and their official color is royal purple; white and silver are generally used as complementary colors. ... For information specifically about the 2006 season, see 2006 Ohio State Buckeyes football team. ... Head coach Urban Meyer 3rd year, 22–4 Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Capacity 92,000 aprx. ...


The following season, Kansas State finished 6th in the BCS standings but again received no invitation, this time being passed over in favor of Michigan (ranked 8th). Kansas State's predicament (as well as that of undefeated Tulane who was denied a BCS bid because they played in Conference USA) inaugurated the long-standing media controversies regarding the system. Head coach Lloyd Carr 13th year, 121–40 Home stadium Michigan Stadium Capacity 107,501 - Field Turf Conference Big Ten First year 1879 Athletic director William C. Martin Website MGoBlue. ... Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ...


2000-01 season

One-loss Florida State was chosen to play undefeated Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the national championship, despite their one loss coming to another one loss team, the Miami Hurricanes, that was ranked #2 in both human polls. Adding to the confusion, Miami's one loss came to yet another one loss team, the 10-1 Washington Huskies, leaving three teams with a legitimate claim to play Oklahoma in the National Championship game. Head Coach Bobby Bowden 31st Year, 292-80-4 Home Stadium Doak Campbell Stadium Capacity 82,300 - Grass Conference ACC - Atlantic First Year 1947 Athletic Director Dave Hart Website Seminoles. ...


Florida State lost to Oklahoma 13-2, after Florida State was finally able to score on a safety with minutes to go in the game. Washington and Miami both easily won their bowl games, adding more fuel to the fire. As a result of the controversy, the BCS was tweaked in the off-season. A "quality-win" bonus was added to the formula, giving extra credit for beating a top ten team.


2001-02 season

In another controversial season, second-ranked Nebraska in the BCS was chosen as a national title game participant despite being ranked #4 in the human polls and not winning their conference or even their division. The Huskers went into their last regularly scheduled game at Colorado undefeated, but left Boulder with a 62-36 loss. The Buffaloes went on to win the Big 12 championship game. However, the BCS computers did not (and still do not) take into account time of loss, so one-loss Nebraska came out ahead of two-loss Colorado and one-loss, second-ranked Oregon. Nebraska beat Colorado for the #2 spot in the BCS poll by .05 points. Nebraska was routed in the game, 37-14, by the Miami Hurricanes. Meanwhile Oregon, the consensus #2 team in both human polls (and #4 in the BCS), routed Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl.


2003-04 season

The 2003-2004 season came about with much controversy when three schools from BCS conferences finished the season with one loss (in fact, no Division I-A team finished the season undefeated, something that hadn't happened since 1996, two years before the advent of the BCS). The three schools in question were: Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...

Three non-BCS schools also finished with one loss: Head coach Bob Stoops 8th year, 78–18 Home stadium Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Capacity 82,112 - Grass Conference Big 12 - South First year 1895 Athletic director Joe Castiglione Website SoonerSports. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... The 2003 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California in the 2003-2004 NCAA Division I-A college football season. ...

USC was ranked #1 in both the AP and ESPN-USA Today Coaches poll, but was burdened by a collective 2.67 computer ranking due to a schedule deemed weaker by computer analysis. Meanwhile Oklahoma, after an undefeated regular season, was beaten by Kansas State (35-7) in the Big 12 Championship Game. The loss dropped Oklahoma to #3 in the human polls (while the computers still had them at #1). LSU had earned a stronger computer ranking than USC and a #2 human poll ranking, and went on to claim the BCS championship with a 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. USC, which beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl, retained its #1 ranking in the AP Poll by out-polling LSU in first place votes by a vote of 48 - 17. Oklahoma (which finished 12-2) had been clearly eliminated from national championship contention, but the split in polls left many LSU (13-1) and USC (12-1) fans displeased, as USC was named the AP national football champion. This incident has been considered a lightning rod of controversy by some sportswriters covering college football.[5] The Miami University RedHawks are a college football program that competes in NCAA Division I-A and the Mid-American Conference. ... This page discusses the Boise State football program. ... Head Coach Gary Patterson 8th Year, 54–20–0 Home Stadium Amon Carter Stadium Capacity 44,008 - Grass Conference Mountain West First Year 1896 Athletic Director Dr. Daniel Morrison Website GoFrogs. ...


The college coaches involved in the coaches poll were contractually obligated to award their organization's trophy and first place votes to the winner of the BCS championship game, LSU. However, for the first and, so far, only time in the history of the BCS Championship Series, the BCS Champion was not a unanimous #1 in the final Coaches Poll as the final vote was 60 - 3 for LSU as National Champion with USC as a runner-up. It is speculated that the three coaches who broke rank--Lou Holtz of South Carolina, Mike Bellotti of Oregon and Ron Turner of Illinois--violating their contractual obligation, did so because they believed that USC was the best team. Meanwhile other coaches followed their contractual obligation under the coaches "poll" and changed their choice of #1 from USC to LSU. This article is about the American football coach; for other people named Lou Holtz, see Lou Holtz (disambiguation). ... The University of South Carolina, Columbia (USC, SC, or Carolina) is a public, co-educational, research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. ... Robert Michael Bellotti (b. ... The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. ... Ronald David Turner (born August 19, 1915 in Carman, Manitoba; died 1965) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. ... The University of Illinois is the set of three public universities in Illinois. ...


2004-05 season

The 2004-2005 regular season finished with five undefeated teams for the first time since 1979. Despite having perfect records, the Auburn Tigers, Utah Utes, and Boise State Broncos were denied an opportunity to play for the BCS championship. There was great debate for Auburn, who went undefeated in the Southeastern Conference, leading to debates over the strength of schedule, a value that was diminished in the BCS before the season. Oklahoma went on to play USC for the title. USC defeated Oklahoma, 55-19. Utah won their BCS game easily as did Auburn, who dominated Virginia Tech until the closing minutes of the game and only came out with a three point victory, leaving 3 undefeated teams at season's end. Also, the pollsters jumped the Texas Longhorns over the California Golden Bears in the final regular-season poll. Texas coach Mack Brown publicly lobbied for the pollsters to give Texas the final at-large bid. California's cause was hurt when it was less than impressive in a 26-16 victory over Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Mississippi the night before bowl bids were extended. Weakening their cause after the fact was the 45-31 defeat in the Holiday Bowl to Texas Tech University. Cal played without two of the highest performing receivers in the NCAA,[6] however, this loss was attributed in many press reports to the Bears' disappointment over being denied their first Rose Bowl appearance in 45 years.[7] ... The Utah Utes are the athletics teams of the University of Utah. ... This page discusses the Boise State football program. ... The 2004 Texas Longhorn football team represented The University of Texas (UT) in the college football season of 2004-2005. ... The Golden Bears football team is the college football team of the University of California, Berkeley. ... William Mack Brown (born August 27, 1951) is head coach of the University of Texas Longhorn football team. ... The University of Southern Mississippi (USM, but frequently referred to as Southern Miss) is a four-year public university located primarily in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. ... Hattiesburg is a city in Forrest County in Mississippi, a state of the United States of America. ... The Holiday Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game that has been played annually at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, since 1978. ... Texas Tech University redirects here. ...


2005-06 season

The 2005-2006 season resulted in few controversies, as USC and Texas went wire-to-wire as the number 1 and number 2-ranked teams, respectively, and played in the Rose Bowl for the BCS title. However, a minor controversy ensued as after all the automatic bids, there were two at-large bids available. The first was taken by the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The second was taken by the sixth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish over the fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks, in spite of the fact that Notre Dame had a loss to the unranked Michigan State Spartans in addition to a loss to the first-ranked USC Trojans that both teams shared. This was due to a clause that gave Notre Dame an automatic bid to a BCS bowl game if it finished in the top eight of the BCS rankings, as Notre Dame is unaffiliated with any league. Many felt that Oregon deserved the BCS Bowl Bid and would have provided a better match for OSU.[citation needed] Both Oregon and Notre Dame ended up losing the Holiday and Fiesta Bowls, respectively, making a clear argument either way difficult. Notre Dame lost to Ohio State by 14, 34-20, while Oregon lost 17-14 to a 7-4 Oklahoma team. Oregon played without starting QB, Kellen Clemens, who was injured earlier in the season. The 2005 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 2005-2006. ... Charlie Weis became head football coach for the Irish beginning with the 2005 season. ... The University of Oregon Ducks football team is is a member of the Pacific Ten Conference. ... Head coach Mark Dantonio 1st year, 5–3 Home stadium Spartan Stadium (East Lansing) Capacity 75,005 - Grass Conference Big Ten First year 1896 Athletic director Ron Mason Website MSUSpartans. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


2006-07 season

Going into the final poll, undefeated Boise State and four one-loss teams (Louisville, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida) were up for a spot against undefeated top-ranked Ohio State in the BCS National Championship game in Glendale, Arizona. Most fans and pundits did not consider Wisconsin, Louisville, or Boise State contenders because they played significantly weaker schedules than Florida and Michigan. The 2006 Boise State Broncos football team represented Boise State University in the 2006 college football season. ... The 2006 Louisville Cardinals football team represent the University of Louisville in the 2006 college football season. ... The 2006 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the college football season of 2006-2007. ... The 2006 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. ... The team is honored as BCS champions by President George W. Bush at the White House. ... The 2006 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 2006-2007. ... Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State Counties Maricopa Government  - Mayor Elaine Scruggs (R) Area  - City  55. ...


Michigan lost to Ohio State 42-39 in its regular season finale, but was still ranked ahead of Florida but behind USC going into the final ballot. Florida defeated Arkansas in the SEC Championship Game, and number 2 ranked USC lost to UCLA, leaving Michigan and Florida as one-loss teams who both claimed they deserved to play for the national championship against Ohio State. Many pundits denied that Michigan should get another chance to play Ohio State. Ultimately, the BCS National Championship was a meeting between Ohio State and Florida. A mere .0101 points separated #2 Florida from #3 Michigan. This small difference was a result of the human polls (USA Today's Coaches' Poll and Harris Interactive Poll) ranking Florida above Michigan while the computer polls had the two teams tied for second. The 2006 USC Trojans football team will represent the University of Southern California in the 2006 college football season The team is coached by Pete Carroll and will play their home games in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. ... This article is about SEC championship football game. ...


Michigan, which was automatically guaranteed a BCS at-large berth by virtue of its #3 ranking, went to the Rose Bowl, which they lost to USC 32-18. Florida officially became the national champions by impressively beating Ohio State 41-14. Florida also received all but one of the 65 first-place votes in the final Associated Press poll (the other went to undefeated Boise State, which won an epic Fiesta Bowl over Oklahoma). The 2006 USC Trojans football team will represent the University of Southern California in the 2006 college football season The team is coached by Pete Carroll and will play their home games in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. ... 2007 Fiesta Bowl Bowl Game Boise State Broncos at Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma Sooners (11-3) 42 January 1, 2007 - University of Phoenix Stadium The 2007 Fiesta Bowl Game was a college football bowl game sponsored by Tostitos. ... The 2006 Oklahoma Sooners football team will represent the University of Oklahoma in the college football season of 2006-2007. ...


At the conclusion of the season, three other one-loss teams were denied the chance to compete in a playoff or to play Florida for the national championship. Wisconsin and Louisville ended the season with only one loss (the same as Florida and Ohio State). Boise State, which received the other first-place vote in the AP poll, was the only undefeated Division I football team.


Because of a BCS rule allowing only two teams from each conference to play in BCS bowl games, highly-ranked Wisconsin and Auburn were not eligible for selection to a BCS game. Wisconsin was excluded because Ohio State and Michigan represented the Big Ten, and Auburn was excluded because LSU and Florida represented the SEC, even though Auburn defeated LSU 7-3 and Florida 27-17 during the season. LSU earned the at-large bid on the strength of its 31-26 victory over SEC West champion Arkansas in Little Rock, while the Razorbacks crushed then second-ranked Auburn 27-10 in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn's 37-15 loss at home to a reeling Georgia team also destroyed its chances at the BCS. The 2006 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 2006-2007 college football season. ... The 2006 LSU Tigers football team will represent Louisiana State University in the college football season of 2006-2007. ... Jordan-Hare Stadium is the playing venue for Auburn Universitys football team located on campus in Auburn, Alabama, USA. The stadium is named for Ralph Shug Jordan (pronounced JURD-an), the Universitys winningest football coach, and Cliff Hare, a member of Auburns first football team. ...


An omission of the rule still would have not have been enough for Auburn to secure a berth, as Wisconsin would have likely been the final at-large bid. The final BCS poll had seven teams from the SEC and the Big Ten ranked in the top twelve but by the rule only two from each conference were eligible to play in BCS bowl games, offering the opportunity to argue that both conferences are over-ranked, that the Big Ten schedule does not produce a true conference champion, or that the limit of 2 teams from any one conference is inappropriate.


2007-08 season

In a wild finish to a wild season of upsets, the top two teams in the polls lost on the same weekend for two weeks in a row to close out the regular season, sending the BCS into chaos heading into the selection of the two teams to play for the BCS National Championship Game. On November 23, top-ranked LSU lost in triple overtime to Arkansas. The following day, #4 Missouri beat #2 Kansas and took the top spot in the BCS for the following week. This created the interesting prospect of #1 Missouri playing its final game of the season as three-point underdogs against Oklahoma. On December 1, Missouri was defeated by Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game. #2 West Virginia was also stunned at home, by unranked Pittsburgh in the annual Backyard Brawl game. Meanwhile, Ohio State, who was idle for the final two weeks, climbed the rankings from #5 to #1. Hawaii capped off an undefeated season (and the only such team going into the bowl post-season), beating Washington and securing a BCS Bowl appearance for the first time in the school's history. However, as with Boise State in the previous season, Hawaii will not play for the BCS Championship due to its weak schedule.[8] is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... LSU (Louisiana State University) is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the Southeastern Conference. ... The Arkansas Razorbacks, also known as the Hogs, are the names of college sports teams at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. ... The Missouri Tigers athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of the University of Missouri–Columbia. ... The sports teams at the University of Kansas are known as the Jayhawks. ... The University of Oklahoma features 17 varsity sports teams. ... is the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Big 12 Championship Game is a college football game held by the Big 12 Conference each year. ... The West Virginia Mountaineers are the athletic teams of West Virginia University. ... The Pittsburgh Panthers is the name given to the sports teams of University of Pittsburgh. ... For the rivalry between Millsaps College and Mississippi College, see The Backyard Brawl (Millsaps-Mississippi). ... The Ohio State Universitys intercollegiate sports teams and players are called the Buckeyes (after the state tree, the Buckeye), and participate in the NCAAs Division I in all sports and the Big Ten Conference in most sports. ... City Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii Team Colors Green and Black Head Coach June Jones Home Stadium Aloha Stadium League/Conference affiliations No affiliation (1909-1911, 1915-1941) Division II Independent (1946-1960, 1962-1973) Division I-A Independent (1974-1978) Western Athletic Conference (1979-present) No team (1912-1914, 1942... This page discusses the Boise State football program. ...


In another irony #8 Kansas leaped over #6 Missouri in the BCS Bowl selection despite a lower BCS ranking. Thus Missouri did not get a BCS Bowl, but heads to play The Cotton Bowl against Arkansas. Kansas goes to the Orange Bowl and meets Virginia Tech. LSU and Ohio State came in 1st and 2nd in the final poll securing the BCS championship game between those two on January 7th. The sports teams at the University of Kansas are known as the Jayhawks. ... The Missouri Tigers athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of the University of Missouri–Columbia. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For the Cotton Bowl stadium, see Cotton Bowl (stadium). ... The Arkansas Razorbacks, also known as the Hogs, are the names of college sports teams at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Orange Bowl can refer to: Miami Orange Bowl stadium in Miami, Florida. ... Virginia Tech sponsors 18 sports and competes at the NCAA Division I level. ... LSU (Louisiana State University) is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the Southeastern Conference. ... The Ohio State Universitys intercollegiate sports teams and players are called the Buckeyes (after the state tree, the Buckeye), and participate in the NCAAs Division I in all sports and the Big Ten Conference in most sports. ... The BCS National Championship Game or BCS title game is the final game of the annual Bowl Championship Series intended by Series organizers to determine the NCAA Division I-A national football championship. ... January 7 is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Before "Championship Saturday," LSU was ranked #7 and Georgia was ranked #4. However, after #1 Missouri and #2 West Virginia lost, LSU was catapulted to #2 based on a 21-14 win over Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game. Many argued that Georgia should not play in the National Championship game because they did not win (or even play in) the SEC Championship Game. Virginia Tech had been ranked #6, above LSU, but had to settle for the #3 slot, despite a convincing win over Boston College in the ACC Championship Game. Voters were likely influenced by LSU's crushing defeat of Virginia Tech (48-7) early in the season. Computer rankings placed Virginia Tech (0.960) and LSU (0.950) #1, and #2, respectively[9]. The top four teams in the BCS standings are #1 Ohio State, #2 LSU, #3 Virginia Tech, and #4 Oklahoma.


BCS support

While there is substantial criticism aimed at the BCS system from coaches, media and fans alike, there is also ardent support for the system. Supporters cite several key advantages that the BCS has over a playoff system. Under the BCS, a single defeat is extremely detrimental to a team's prospects for a national championship. Supporters contend that this creates a substantial incentive for teams to do their best to win every game. Under a playoff system, front-running teams could be in a position of safety at the end of the regular season and could pull or greatly reduce their use of top players in order to protect them from injuries or give them recovery time (this happens frequently in the NFL). This is very unlikely to happen in the BCS system where a team in the running for a #1 or #2 ranking at the end of the year would be nearly certain to be punished in the polls enough for a loss that the team would be eliminated from contention. A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion, or a similar accolade. ... NFL redirects here. ...


Supporters also note that while the BCS routinely involves controversy about which two teams are the top teams, in rare instances there is a clear-cut top two; the BCS ensures these top two will play each other for the championship. For example, USC and Texas in 2005 were the only undefeated teams , and both teams had only a couple of close contests and had nearly every other game out of reach for the opponent by the second or third quarter. Under the BCS system, these two teams got to play for the championship. Before the BCS, they would likely have played two other schools, and if they both won, then there would be either two champions, or else #2 Texas would have been denied a championship despite going 13-0.


The NCAA, the governing organization of all collegiate sports, has no official process for determining its FBS (Div. 1-A) champion. Instead, FBS champions are chosen by what the NCAA calls in its official list of champions "selecting organizations". [10]


In 1997, pursuant to a legally-binding contract, all 119 FBS universities chose the BCS as its sanctioned selecting organization. The BCS: "...is managed by the commissioners of the 11 NCAA Division I-A conferences, the director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame, and representatives of the bowl organizations. "...is a five-game arrangement for post-season college football that is designed to match the two top-rated teams in a national championship game and to create exciting and competitive matchups between eight other highly regarded teams in four other games". [11]


This contract has no effect on any other selecting organization; it operates only on its signatories — the member universities of the FBS. Fans or media might argue, opine and arrive at differing results from those of the BCS, but the universities (teams) are bound by the latter's processes.


The BCS format system is currently scheduled to end after the 2010 season. However, there has been one extension from the 2006 season for four years, so the system could be extended again.


BCS history and schedule

1998-99 season

These BCS bowl games were played following the 1998 regular season

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1999-2000 season

These BCS bowl games were played following the 1999 regular season:

  • Saturday, January 1, 2000 - Rose Bowl Game presented by AT&T: Wisconsin (Big Ten champion) 17, Stanford (Pac-10 champion) 9
  • Saturday, January 1, 2000 - FedEx Orange Bowl: Michigan (at-large) 35, Alabama (SEC champion) 34 (OT)
  • Sunday, January 2, 2000 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Nebraska (Big 12 champion) 31, Tennessee (at-large) 21
  • Tuesday, January 4, 2000 - Nokia Sugar Bowl, (National Championship): Florida State (BCS #1, ACC champion) 46, Virginia Tech (BCS #2, Big East champion) 29

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2000-01 season

These BCS bowl games were played following the 2000 regular season

  • Monday, January 1, 2001 - Rose Bowl Game presented by AT&T: Washington (Pac-10 champion) 34, Purdue (Big Ten champion) 24
  • Monday, January 1, 2001 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Oregon State (at-large) 41, Notre Dame (at-large) 9
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2001 - Nokia Sugar Bowl: Miami (FL) (Big East champion) 37, Florida (SEC champion) 20
  • Wednesday, January 3, 2001 - FedEx Orange Bowl, (National Championship): Oklahoma (BCS #1, Big 12 champion) 13, Florida State (BCS #2, ACC champion) 2

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2001-02 season

These BCS bowl games were played following the 2001 regular season

  • Tuesday, January 1, 2002 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Oregon (Pac-10 champion) 38, Colorado (Big 12 champion) 16
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2002 - Nokia Sugar Bowl: LSU (SEC champion) 47, Illinois (Big Ten champion) 34
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2002 - FedEx Orange Bowl, Florida (at-large) 56, Maryland (ACC champion) 23
  • Thursday, January 3, 2002 - Rose Bowl Game presented by AT&T (National Championship): Miami (FL) (BCS #1, Big East champion) 37, Nebraska (BCS #2) 14

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2002-03 season

These BCS bowl games were played following the 2002 regular season

  • Wednesday, January 1, 2003 - Rose Bowl Game presented by PlayStation 2: Oklahoma (Big 12 champion) 34, Washington State (Pac-10 champion) 14
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2003 - Nokia Sugar Bowl: Georgia (SEC champion) 26, Florida State (ACC champion) 13
  • Thursday, January 2, 2003 - FedEx Orange Bowl: USC (at-large) 38, Iowa (at-large) 17
  • Friday, January 3, 2003 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (National Championship): Ohio State (BCS #2, Big Ten champion) 31, Miami (FL) (BCS #1, Big East champion) 24 (2 OT)

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NOTE 2: Iowa and Ohio State did not play each other during the season, and both finished at 8-0 in Big Ten conference play. With a better overall record as the tiebreaker (13-0 vs Iowa's 11-1), Ohio State was extended the league's automatic bid to the BCS.


2003-04 season

These BCS bowl games were played following the 2003 regular season

  • Thursday, January 1, 2004 - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi : USC (Pac-10 champion) 28, Michigan (Big Ten champion) 14
  • Thursday, January 1, 2004 - FedEx Orange Bowl: Miami (Big East champion) 16, Florida State (ACC champion) 14
  • Friday, January 2, 2004 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State (at-large) 35, Kansas State (Big 12 champion) 28
  • Sunday, January 4, 2004 - Nokia Sugar Bowl (National Championship) LSU (BCS #2, SEC champion) 21, Oklahoma (BCS #1) 14

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2004-05 season

These BCS bowl games were played following the 2004 regular season:

  • Saturday, January 1, 2005 - Rose Bowl presented by Citi: Texas (at-large) 38, Michigan (Big Ten champion) 37
  • Saturday, January 1, 2005 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Utah (BCS #6, automatic) 35, Pittsburgh (Big East champion) 7
  • Monday, January 3, 2005 - Nokia Sugar Bowl: Auburn (SEC champion) 16, Virginia Tech (ACC champion) 13
  • Tuesday, January 4, 2005 - FedEx Orange Bowl (National Championship): USC (BCS #1, Pac-10 champion) 55, Oklahoma (BCS #2, Big 12 champion) 19

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2005-06 season

These BCS bowl games were played following the 2005 regular season in chronological order:

  • Monday, January 2, 2006 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #4 Ohio State (at-large) 34, #6 Notre Dame (at-large) 20
  • Monday, January 2, 2006 - Nokia Sugar Bowl: #11 West Virginia (Big East champion) 38, #8 Georgia (SEC champion) 35
(NOTE: Due to damage to the Louisiana Superdome because of Hurricane Katrina, the game was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.)
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - FedEx Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State (Big Ten champion) 26, Florida State (ACC champion) 23 (3 OT)
  • Wednesday, January 4, 2006 - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi (National Championship): Texas (BCS #2, Big 12 champion) 41, USC (BCS #1, Pac-10 champion) 38

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2006-07 season

See also: NCAA football bowl games, 2006-07

These BCS bowl games were played following the 2006 regular season in chronological order: The 2006-07 NCAA College Football Bowl Games post-season schedule followed the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS regular season in college football. ...

  • Monday, January 1 - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi: USC (10-2, Pac-10 champion) 32, Michigan (11-1, at-large) 18
  • Monday, January 1 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Boise State (12-0, BCS #8, automatic) 43, Oklahoma (11-2, Big 12 champion) 42 (OT)
  • Tuesday, January 2 - FedEx Orange Bowl: Louisville (11-1, Big East champion) 24, Wake Forest (11-2, ACC champion) 13
  • Wednesday, January 3 - Allstate Sugar Bowl: LSU (10-2, at-large) 41, Notre Dame (10-2, at-large) 14
  • Monday, January 8 - Tostitos BCS National Championship: Florida 41 (BCS #2, SEC champion), Ohio State (BCS #1, Big Ten champion) 14

NOTE: Boise State was an automatic selection as it was champion of the Western Athletic Conference and ranked #8 in the final BCS standings. Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ...


2007-08 season

These BCS bowl games are scheduled to be played following the 2007 regular season in chronological order:

  • Tuesday, January 1 - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi: USC (Pac-10 champion) vs. Illinois (at-large)
  • Tuesday, January 1 - Allstate Sugar Bowl: Georgia (at-large) vs. Hawaii (WAC Champion, see below)
  • Wednesday, January 2 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma (Big 12 champion) vs. West Virginia (Big East champion)
  • Thursday, January 3 - FedEx Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech (ACC champion) vs. Kansas (at-large)
  • Monday, January 7 - Allstate BCS National Championship: Ohio State (BCS #1, Big Ten champion) vs. LSU (BCS #2, SEC champion)

NOTE: Hawaii was an automatic selection as it was champion of the Western Athletic Conference and ranked #10 in the final BCS standings. The 2007 University of Southern California Trojans football team will represent the University of Southern California (USC) in the college football season of 2007. ... The 2007 football season is the third for Illinois head coach Ron Zook. ... The 2007 Hawaii Warriors football team is currently representing the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in the 2007 NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision college football season. ... The Sooners run onto the field for the first time in the 2007 season. ... The 2007 West Virginia Mountaineers football team began play on September 1, 2007. ... The 2007 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represents Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. ... The 2007 Kansas Jayhawks football team (variously Kansas, KU, or the Jayhawks) represents the University of Kansas in the college football season of 2007-2008. ... The Buckeyes kick off. ... The 2007 LSU Tigers football team will represent Louisiana State University in the college football season of 2007-2008. ...


BCS Bowl wins and appearances by team

Appearances School W L Pct Games
6 Florida State 1 5 .167 Lost 1999 Fiesta Bowl*
Won 2000 Sugar Bowl*
Lost 2001 Orange Bowl*
Lost 2003 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2004 Orange Bowl
Lost 2006 Orange Bowl
5 USC 4 1 .800 Won 2003 Orange Bowl
Won 2004 Rose Bowl
Won 2005 Orange Bowl*
Lost 2006 Rose Bowl*
Won 2007 Rose Bowl
5 Ohio State 4 1 .800 Won 1999 Sugar Bowl
Won 2003 Fiesta Bowl*
Won 2004 Fiesta Bowl
Won 2006 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2007 BCS National Championship Game*
5 Oklahoma 2 3 .400 Won 2001 Orange Bowl*
Won 2003 Rose Bowl
Lost 2004 Sugar Bowl*
Lost 2005 Orange Bowl*
Lost 2007 Fiesta Bowl
4 Florida 3 1 .750 Won 1999 Orange Bowl
Lost 2001 Sugar Bowl
Won 2002 Orange Bowl
Won 2007 BCS National Championship Game*
4 Miami (FL) 3 1 .750 Won 2001 Sugar Bowl
Won 2002 Rose Bowl*
Lost 2003 Fiesta Bowl*
Won 2004 Orange Bowl
4 Michigan 1 3 .250 Won 2000 Orange Bowl
Lost 2004 Rose Bowl
Lost 2005 Rose Bowl
Lost 2007 Rose Bowl
3 LSU 3 0 1.000 Won 2002 Sugar Bowl
Won 2004 Sugar Bowl*
Won 2007 Sugar Bowl
3 Notre Dame 0 3 .000 Lost 2001 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2006 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2007 Sugar Bowl
2 Georgia 1 1 .500 Won 2003 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2006 Sugar Bowl
2 Nebraska 1 1 .500 Won 2000 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2002 Rose Bowl*
2 Tennessee 1 1 .500 Won 1999 Fiesta Bowl*
Lost 2000 Fiesta Bowl
2 Texas 2 0 1.000 Won 2005 Rose Bowl
Won 2006 Rose Bowl*
2 Virginia Tech 0 2 .000 Lost 2000 Sugar Bowl*
Lost 2005 Sugar Bowl
2 Wisconsin 2 0 1.000 Won 1999 Rose Bowl
Won 2000 Rose Bowl
1 Alabama 0 1 .000 Lost 2000 Orange Bowl
1 Auburn 1 0 1.000 Won 2005 Sugar Bowl
1 Boise State 1 0 1.000 Won 2007 Fiesta Bowl
1 Colorado 0 1 .000 Lost 2002 Fiesta Bowl
1 Illinois 0 1 .000 Lost 2002 Sugar Bowl
1 Iowa 0 1 .000 Lost 2003 Orange Bowl
1 Kansas State 0 1 .000 Lost 2004 Fiesta Bowl
1 Louisville 1 0 1.000 Won 2007 Orange Bowl
1 Maryland 0 1 .000 Lost 2002 Orange Bowl
1 Oregon 1 0 1.000 Won 2002 Fiesta Bowl
1 Oregon State 1 0 1.000 Won 2001 Fiesta Bowl
1 Penn State 1 0 1.000 Won 2006 Orange Bowl
1 Pittsburgh 0 1 .000 Lost 2005 Fiesta Bowl
1 Purdue 0 1 .000 Lost 2001 Rose Bowl
1 Stanford 0 1 .000 Lost 2000 Rose Bowl
1 Syracuse 0 1 .000 Lost 1999 Orange Bowl
1 Texas A&M 0 1 .000 Lost 1999 Sugar Bowl
1 UCLA 0 1 .000 Lost 1999 Rose Bowl
1 Utah 1 0 1.000 Won 2005 Fiesta Bowl
1 Wake Forest 0 1 .000 Lost 2007 Orange Bowl
1 Washington 1 0 1.000 Won 2001 Rose Bowl
1 Washington State 0 1 .000 Lost 2003 Rose Bowl
1 West Virginia 1 0 1.000 Won 2006 Sugar Bowl
*Denotes BCS National Championship Game

2007 Rose Bowl Bowl Game Southern California Trojans at Michigan Wolverines Michigan Wolverines (11-2) 18 January 1, 2007 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California The 2007 Rose Bowl Game presented by citi was a college football bowl game. ... 2007 BCS National Championship Game BCS National Championship Game Florida Gators at Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0) 14 January 8, 2007 University of Phoenix Stadium The 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game or BCS Title Game was played on January 8, 2007 at the University of Phoenix... 2007 Fiesta Bowl Bowl Game Boise State Broncos at Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma Sooners (11-3) 42 January 1, 2007 - University of Phoenix Stadium The 2007 Fiesta Bowl Game was a college football bowl game sponsored by Tostitos. ... 2007 BCS National Championship Game BCS National Championship Game Florida Gators at Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0) 14 January 8, 2007 University of Phoenix Stadium The 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game or BCS Title Game was played on January 8, 2007 at the University of Phoenix... 2007 Rose Bowl Bowl Game Southern California Trojans at Michigan Wolverines Michigan Wolverines (11-2) 18 January 1, 2007 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California The 2007 Rose Bowl Game presented by citi was a college football bowl game. ... ... 2007 Sugar Bowl Bowl Game Notre Dame Fighting Irish at LSU Tigers LSU Tigers (10-2) 41 January 3, 2007 Louisiana Superdome The 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl Game is a college football bowl game. ... 2007 Sugar Bowl Bowl Game Notre Dame Fighting Irish at LSU Tigers LSU Tigers (10-2) 41 January 3, 2007 Louisiana Superdome The 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl Game is a college football bowl game. ... 2006 Fiesta Bowl Sugar Bowl Georgia Bulldogs at West Virginia Mountaineers West Virginia Mountaineers (10-1) 38 January 2, 2006 Georgia Dome The 2006 Sugar Bowl a 2005-2006 BCS game was played on January 3, 2006. ... 2006 Rose Bowl Bowl game Texas Longhorns at USC Trojans USC Trojans (12-0) 38 January 4, 2006 Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California The 2006 Rose Bowl Game was the final game and national championship of the 2005-2006 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and the 92nd Rose Bowl Game. ... 2007 Fiesta Bowl Bowl Game Boise State Broncos at Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma Sooners (11-3) 42 January 1, 2007 - University of Phoenix Stadium The 2007 Fiesta Bowl Game was a college football bowl game sponsored by Tostitos. ... The 2007 Orange Bowl Game is a college football bowl game. ... 2005 Fiesta Bowl Bowl Game Pittsburgh Panthers at Utah Utes Utah Utes (12-0) 35 January 1, 2005 Sun Devil Stadium The 2005 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, played on January 1, 2005, was the 34th edition of the Fiesta Bowl. ... 2005 Fiesta Bowl Bowl Game Pittsburgh Panthers at Utah Utes Utah Utes (12-0) 35 January 1, 2005 Sun Devil Stadium The 2005 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, played on January 1, 2005, was the 34th edition of the Fiesta Bowl. ... The 2007 Orange Bowl Game is a college football bowl game. ... 2006 Fiesta Bowl Sugar Bowl Georgia Bulldogs at West Virginia Mountaineers West Virginia Mountaineers (10-1) 38 January 2, 2006 Georgia Dome The 2006 Sugar Bowl a 2005-2006 BCS game was played on January 3, 2006. ... The BCS National Championship Game or BCS title game is the final bowl game of the annual Bowl Championship Series and is intended by Series organizers to determine the NCAA Division I-A national football championship. ...

BCS Bowl wins and appearances by conference

Conference W L Pct School Games
ACC
4 different schools
1 8 0.111 Florida State
Florida State
Florida State
Maryland
Florida State
Florida State
Virginia Tech
Florida State
Wake Forest
Lost 1999 Fiesta Bowl*
Won 2000 Sugar Bowl*
Lost 2001 Orange Bowl*
Lost 2002 Orange Bowl
Lost 2003 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2004 Orange Bowl
Lost 2005 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2006 Orange Bowl
Lost 2007 Orange Bowl
Big 12
6 different schools
5 7 0.417 Texas A&M
Nebraska
Oklahoma
Nebraska
Colorado
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Texas
Texas
Oklahoma
Lost 1999 Sugar Bowl
Won 2000 Fiesta Bowl
Won 2001 Orange Bowl*
Lost 2002 Rose Bowl*
Lost 2002 Fiesta Bowl
Won 2003 Rose Bowl
Lost 2004 Sugar Bowl*
Lost 2004 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2005 Orange Bowl*
Won 2005 Rose Bowl
Won 2006 Rose Bowl*
Lost 2007 Fiesta Bowl
Big East
6 different schools
5 4 0.555 Syracuse
Virginia Tech
Miami, Fla.
Miami, Fla.
Miami, Fla.
Miami, Fla.
Pittsburgh
West Virginia
Louisville
Lost 1999 Orange Bowl
Lost 2000 Sugar Bowl*
Won 2001 Sugar Bowl
Won 2002 Rose Bowl*
Lost 2003 Fiesta Bowl*
Won 2004 Orange Bowl
Lost 2005 Fiesta Bowl
Won 2006 Sugar Bowl
Won 2007 Orange Bowl
Big Ten
7 different schools
8 7 0.533 Wisconsin
Ohio State
Wisconsin
Michigan
Purdue
Illinois
Ohio State
Iowa
Michigan
Ohio State
Michigan
Penn State
Ohio State
Ohio State
Michigan
Won 1999 Rose Bowl
Won 1999 Sugar Bowl
Won 2000 Rose Bowl
Won 2000 Orange Bowl
Lost 2001 Rose Bowl
Lost 2002 Sugar Bowl
Won 2003 Fiesta Bowl*
Lost 2003 Orange Bowl
Lost 2004 Rose Bowl
Won 2004 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2005 Rose Bowl
Won 2006 Orange Bowl
Won 2006 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2007 BCS National Championship Game*
Lost 2007 Rose Bowl
MWC
1 school
1 0 1.000 Utah Won 2005 Fiesta Bowl
Pac-10
7 different schools
7 4 0.637 UCLA
Stanford
Washington
Oregon State
Oregon
Washington State
USC
USC
USC
USC
USC
Lost 1999 Rose Bowl
Lost 2000 Rose Bowl
Won 2001 Rose Bowl
Won 2001 Fiesta Bowl
Won 2002 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2003 Rose Bowl
Won 2003 Orange Bowl
Won 2004 Rose Bowl
Won 2005 Orange Bowl*
Lost 2006 Rose Bowl*
Won 2007 Rose Bowl
SEC
6 different schools
9 4 0.692 Tennessee
Florida
Alabama
Tennessee
Florida
LSU
Florida
Georgia
LSU
Auburn
Georgia
Florida
LSU
Won 1999 Fiesta Bowl*
Won 1999 Orange Bowl
Lost 2000 Orange Bowl
Lost 2000 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2001 Sugar Bowl
Won 2002 Sugar Bowl
Won 2002 Orange Bowl
Won 2003 Sugar Bowl
Won 2004 Sugar Bowl*
Won 2005 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2006 Sugar Bowl
Won 2007 BCS National Championship Game*
Won 2007 Sugar Bowl
WAC
1 school
1 0 1.000 Boise State Won 2007 Fiesta Bowl
Independent
1 school
0 3 0.000 Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Lost 2001 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2006 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2007 Sugar Bowl
*Denotes BCS National Championship Game

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... The Fiesta Bowl, now sponsored by Tostitos tortilla chips (a Frito-Lay product), is a United States college football game played annually since 1971. ... The Sugar Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game played in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The Orange Bowl is an annual college football game that is usually played on January 1 in the Miami, Florida metro area, in the United States. ... The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference of twelve schools located in the central United States. ... The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of seventeen universities in the northeastern, southeastern and midwestern United States. ... For other uses of the term Big Ten see Big Ten (disambiguation). ... 2007 BCS National Championship Game BCS National Championship Game Florida Gators at Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0) 14 January 8, 2007 University of Phoenix Stadium The 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game or BCS Title Game was played on January 8, 2007 at the University of Phoenix... “Mountain West” redirects here. ... The Pacific Ten Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... 2007 BCS National Championship Game BCS National Championship Game Florida Gators at Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0) 14 January 8, 2007 University of Phoenix Stadium The 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game or BCS Title Game was played on January 8, 2007 at the University of Phoenix... The Western Athletic Conference (commonly referred to as the WAC, pronounced wack) was formed on July 27, 1962, making it the sixth oldest of the 11 college athletic conferences currently participating in the NCAAs Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A). ... The BCS National Championship Game or BCS title game is the final bowl game of the annual Bowl Championship Series and is intended by Series organizers to determine the NCAA Division I-A national football championship. ...

Future schedules

Changes for 2006-07

The 2006-07 BCS featured major changes from its previous editions.


Television rights shifted from ABC to FOX, while ABC continued telecasting the Rose Bowl. Second, the addition of a BCS National Championship Game matched the top two teams in the BCS rankings (Ohio State and Florida) at the site of one of the BCS games one week after these games have been played (University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, one week after the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl). The addition of a fifth BCS game allowed for the potential addition of two "at large" teams. This article is about the American broadcast network. ... FOX redirects here. ... | {{Infobox_Stadium | stadium_name = University of Phoenix Stadium | image = | address = 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, AZ 85305 | construction start = July 30, 2003 | opened = August 1, 2006 | owner = Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority | operator = Global Spectrum | surface = Tifway 419 Hybrid Bermuda Grass | construction_cost = $455 million | architect = Peter Eisenman|HOK Sport | former_names = Cardinals Stadium (August... Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State Counties Maricopa Government  - Mayor Elaine Scruggs (R) Area  - City  55. ...


Another new rule stated: "...one conference champion from among Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt, and Western Athletic Conferences will automatically qualify to play in a BCS bowl if it is: (1) ranked among the top 12 teams in the final BCS Standings; or (2) ranked among the top 16 teams in the final BCS Standings and ranked higher than the champion of one of the conferences whose champion has an annual automatic berth in a BCS bowl."[12] In the first year with this new rule, Boise State was able to earn a berth in the Fiesta Bowl by virtue of a 12-0 regular season and #8 ranking in the final BCS Standings. Boise State became the second non-BCS school (after Utah in 2004) to play in a BCS game, and the second to win, defeating Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime. Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ... The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is a college athletic conference with a membership base that stretches from New York to Illinois. ... “Mountain West” redirects here. ... The Sun Belt Conference is a college athletic conference that has been affiliated with the NCAAs Division I since 1976. ... The Western Athletic Conference (commonly referred to as the WAC, pronounced wack) was formed on July 27, 1962, making it the sixth oldest of the 11 college athletic conferences currently participating in the NCAAs Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A). ... 2007 Fiesta Bowl Bowl Game Boise State Broncos at Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma Sooners (11-3) 42 January 1, 2007 - University of Phoenix Stadium The 2007 Fiesta Bowl Game was a college football bowl game sponsored by Tostitos. ...


If the 2006 automatic qualification standards had been in place, the following additional teams would have been guaranteed automatic selection to the BCS during the first eight seasons of the BCS: 1998 Tulane, Conference USA (#10); 1999 Marshall, Mid-American (#12); 2000 Texas Christian, Conference USA (#14); 2003 Miami (Ohio), Mid-American (#11); 2005 Texas Christian, Mountain West (#14).[13]


2008 schedule

To be played following 2007 season.[14]

  • Tuesday, January 1 - Rose Bowl Game
  • Tuesday, January 1 - Sugar Bowl
  • Wednesday, January 2 - Fiesta Bowl
  • Thursday, January 3 - Orange Bowl
  • Monday, January 7 - BCS National Championship: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

NOLA redirects here. ...

2009 schedule

To be played following 2008 season.[14]

  • Thursday, January 1 - Rose Bowl Game
  • Thursday, January 1 - Orange Bowl
  • Friday, January 2 - Sugar Bowl
  • Monday, January 5 - Fiesta Bowl
  • Thursday, January 8 - BCS National Championship: (Miami Gardens, Florida)

Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida. ...

2010 schedule

To be played following 2009 season.[14]

  • Friday, January 1 - Rose Bowl Game
  • Friday, January 1 - Sugar Bowl
  • Monday, January 4 - Fiesta Bowl
  • Tuesday, January 5 - Orange Bowl
  • Friday, January 8 - BCS National Championship: (Pasadena, California)

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ...

BCS Buster

The term BCS Buster refers to any team not from a BCS conference that manages to earn a spot in a BCS bowl game.[15]With the exception of independents, it is generally more difficult for a non-BCS team to reach a BCS bowl than for a BCS conference team (see rules above), so becoming a BCS Buster is noteworthy. Even though there have been a number of worthy teams, only three teams have actually been considered by the BCS officials to be "good enough" to become BCS Busters. The University of Utah football program became the first BCS Buster in 2004 after an undefeated season. The Utah Utes played in the 2004 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl,[15] and beat their opponent, the Pittsburgh Panthers, 35-7. The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U or the UU), located in Salt Lake City, is the flagship public research university in the state of Utah, and one of 10 institutions that make up the Utah System of Higher Education. ... The Utah Utes are the athletics teams of the University of Utah. ... The Fiesta Bowl, now sponsored by Tostitos tortilla chips (a Frito-Lay product), is a United States college football game played annually since 1971. ... The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Head coach Dave Wannstedt 3rd year, 13–14 Home stadium Heinz Field Capacity 65,050 - Grass Conference Big East First year 1889 Athletic director Jeff Long Website PittsburghPanthers. ...


With the addition of a fifth BCS bowl game in 2006 and the accompanying rule changes, it is now less difficult to bust into the BCS. It is unclear whether or not BCS Busters will become more commonplace, but due to the rule change, the first two seasons afterwards have seen BCS Busters. In 2006, Boise State became the second BCS Buster after a 12-0 regular season and subsequent Fiesta Bowl berth against the Oklahoma Sooners. The Broncos won 43-42 in overtime, making non-BCS teams undefeated (2-0) in BCS bowl games. The following year, Hawaiʻi also finished the regular season at 12-0, and will play Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. The 2006 Boise State Broncos football team represented Boise State University in the 2006 college football season. ... The 2006 Oklahoma Sooners football team will represent the University of Oklahoma in the college football season of 2006-2007. ... 2007 Fiesta Bowl Bowl Game Boise State Broncos at Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma Sooners (11-3) 42 January 1, 2007 - University of Phoenix Stadium The 2007 Fiesta Bowl Game was a college football bowl game sponsored by Tostitos. ... The 2007 Hawaii Warriors football team is currently representing the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in the 2007 NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision college football season. ... The 2008 Allstate Sugar Bowl Game is an American college football bowl game. ...


Each season, among all the pre-season picks and predictions, media members will pick their most likely BCS Buster(s). In addition to the three successful BCS Busters, recent media favorites have included, but are not limited to, Louisville in early 2004,[16] Boise State in late 2004, TCU at several different points over the last few years (2003, late 2005 and early in 2006), Miami University (Ohio) late in 2003, the Marshall Thundering Herd in 1999, and the Tulane Green Wave in 1998. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Miami University RedHawks are a college football program that competes in NCAA Division I-A and the Mid-American Conference. ...


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References

  1. ^ Patrick Klemz (2005-01-17). AP removes poll from BCS formula. Badger Herald. Retrieved on 2007-10-08.
  2. ^ http://www.bcsfootball.org/id/7212064_37_1.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.onnidan.com/bcsp/1005/stry10052.htm
  4. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10300450/
  5. ^ Tim Layden, Embarrassing moments in College Football (#10), SportsIllustrated.com, Aug. 2, 2006 , Accessed Aug. 2, 2006.
  6. ^ "Wounded Cal could use a hand at receiver," Union-Tribune, December 29, 2004, http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/college_football/20041229-9999-1s29hbnotes.html;
  7. ^ For example, "The perfect ending for Cal," Palo Alto Daily News, December 29, 2006, http://www.paloaltodailynews.com/article/2006-12-29-cal-holiday-bowl;
  8. ^ Woods, Matt. Strength of Schedule. Retrieved on 2007-12-01.
  9. ^ ESPN - College Football BCS Standings, NCAA College Football BCS Standings, NCAA Football BCS Standings (HTML) (English) (2007-12-03). Retrieved on 2007-12-03.
  10. ^ http://www.ncaasports.com/football/mens/history?&_1:col_1=3
  11. ^ http://www.bcsfootball.org/bcsfb/definition
  12. ^ Frequently Asked Questions (HTML) (English) (2006-07-31).
  13. ^ What If? (HTML) (English). BCSFootball.org (2006-09-01). Retrieved on 2006-12-12.
  14. ^ a b c BCS Explained (HTML) (English). CollegeFootballPoll.com (2006-07-24). Retrieved on 2007-01-03.
  15. ^ a b Dirk Facer (2005-01-10). Utes had a Fiesta in 2004. Deseret Morning News. Retrieved on 2007-10-08.
  16. ^ The 2004 season was the Cardinals' last outside the BCS. Louisville joined the Big East in July 2005.

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See also

A mythical national championship (often abbreviated MNC) is a national championship that is won without a tournament to determine an undisputed national champion. ... The Associated Press (AP) Poll, along with the USA Today Coaches Poll, ranks the top 25 NCAA Division I college football and basketball teams, weekly. ... The USA Today Coaches Poll is the current name for a weekly ranking of the top 25 NCAA Division I-A college football and Division I college basketball teams. ... The Grantland Rice Award has been presented annually since 1954 to the collegiate American football team adjudged by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to be national champion. ... The NCAA Division I-A national football championship is the only Division I NCAA-sponsored sport without an organized tournament to determine its champion; in fact, while various other organizations (as described below) designate a national champion at the Division I level, the NCAA itself does not award a championship... The Dickinson System was a mathematical point formula that awarded national championships in college football. ... The Harris Interactive College Football Poll is a weekly ranking of the top 25 NCAA Division I-A college football teams. ...

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If a BCS bowl loses a host team to the National Championship Game, then such BCS bowl shall be the first to select a replacement team from the pool of participating teams.
In a situation where two or more bowls select the same team(s) with their choices, the priority of selection would be the following: (1) the bowl making the largest per team cash payment shall be given first preference; (2) the bowl not getting first priority in the previous year, would be given first preference.
At the conclusion of these procedures, the pairings established by the BCS bowls may be adjusted by the BCS, in consultation with the BCS bowls and ABC, in the interest of creating the most exciting and interesting post-season match-ups possible.
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