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The Bowl Championship Series, better known as the BCS, is the postseason format for theNCAA Division I-A national football championship. Although the NCAA does not officially recognise it as a national title, it is still important to the teams that win it. The BCS consists of 5 bowl games, 4 of which are in the first few days of January, while the Championship game is one week later. The BCS Bowls are the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and finally, the National Title Game.

Controversy

Many people dislike the system, but most conferences like it, and thats the way it will stay until 2012, when they redo television contracts. People say it does not give a fair chance to the teams not in BCS conferences to win the National Title.

Rankings reflect the final BCS standings. Win-Loss data is prior to BCS Bowl.

1998–99 season

These BCS bowl games were played following the 1998 regular season:

  • Friday, January 1, 1999 - Rose Bowl Game presented by AT&T: #9 Wisconsin (10-1, Big Ten champion) 38, #5 UCLA (10-1, Pac-10 champion) 31
  • Friday, January 1, 1999 - Nokia Sugar Bowl: #4 Ohio State (10-1, At-large) 24, #6 Texas A&M (11-2, Big 12 champion) 14
  • Saturday, January 2, 1999 - FedEx Orange Bowl: #8 Florida (9-2, At-large) 31, #15 Syracuse (8-3, Big East champion) 10
  • Monday, January 4, 1999 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, (National Championship): #1 Tennessee (12-0, BCS #1, SEC champion) 23, #2 Florida State (11-1, BCS #2, ACC champion) 16

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: #7 Wisconsin (9-2, Big Ten champion) 17, #22 Stanford (8-3, Pac-10 champion) 9
  • Saturday, January 1, 2000 - FedEx Orange Bowl: #8 Michigan (9-2, At-large) 35, #4 Alabama (10-2, SEC champion) 34 (OT)
  • Sunday, January 2, 2000 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #3 Nebraska (11-1, Big 12 champion) 31, #5 Tennessee (9-2, At-large) 21
  • Tuesday, January 4, 2000 - Nokia Sugar Bowl (National Championship): #1 Florida State (11-0, BCS #1, ACC champion) 46, #2 Virginia Tech (11-0, BCS #2, Big East champion) 29

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: #4 Washington (10-1, Pac-10 champion) 34, #17 Purdue (8-3, Big Ten champion) 24
  • Monday, January 1, 2001 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #6 Oregon State (10-1, At-large) 41, #11 Notre Dame (9-2, At-large) 9
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2001 - Nokia Sugar Bowl: #3 Miami (FL) (10-1, Big East champion) 37, #7 Florida (10-2, SEC champion) 20
  • Wednesday, January 3, 2001 - FedEx Orange Bowl (National Championship): #1 Oklahoma (11-0, BCS #1, Big 12 champion) 13, #2 Florida State (10-1, BCS #2, ACC champion) 2

2001–02 season

These BCS bowl games were played following the 2001 regular season:

  • Tuesday, January 1, 2002 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #4 Oregon (10-1, Pac-10 champion) 38, #3 Colorado (10-2, Big 12 champion) 16
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2002 - Nokia Sugar Bowl: #13 LSU (9-3, SEC champion) 47, #8 Illinois (10-1, Big Ten champion) 34
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2002 - FedEx Orange Bowl: #5 Florida (9-2, At-large) 56, #10 Maryland (10-1, ACC champion) 23
  • Thursday, January 3, 2002 - Rose Bowl Game presented by AT&T (National Championship): #1 Miami (11-0, BCS #1, Big East champion) 37, #2 Nebraska (11-1, BCS #2) 14

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: #7 Oklahoma (11-2, Big 12 champion) 34, #6 Washington State (10-2, Pac-10 champion[1]) 14
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2003 - Nokia Sugar Bowl: #3 Georgia (12-1, SEC champion) 26, #14 Florida State (9-4, ACC champion) 13
  • Thursday, January 2, 2003 - FedEx Orange Bowl: #4 Southern California (10-2, Automatic "3-4 Rule"[1][2]) 38, #5 Iowa[3] (11-1, At-large) 17
  • Friday, January 3, 2003 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (National Championship): #2 Ohio State[3] (13-0, BCS #2, Big Ten champion) 31, #1 Miami (FL) (12-0, BCS #1, Big East champion) 24 (2 OT)

2003–04 season

Template:Rellink These BCS bowl games were played following the 2003 regular season:

  • Thursday, January 1, 2004 - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi:[4] #3 Southern California (11-1, Pac-10 champion) 28, #4 Michigan (10-2, Big Ten champion) 14
  • Thursday, January 1, 2004 - FedEx Orange Bowl: #9 Miami (10-2, Big East champion) 16, #7 Florida State (10-2, ACC champion) 14
  • Friday, January 2, 2004 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #5 Ohio State (10-2, At-large) 35, #10 Kansas State (11-3, Big 12 champion) 28
  • Sunday, January 4, 2004 - Nokia Sugar Bowl (National Championship) #2 LSU (12-1, BCS #2, SEC champion) 21, #1 Oklahoma (12-1, BCS #1) 14

2004–05 season

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

  • Saturday, January 1, 2005 - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi: #4 Texas (10-1, Automatic "3-4 Rule"[2]) 38, #13 Michigan (9-2, Big Ten champion) 37
  • Saturday, January 1, 2005 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #6 Utah[5] (11-0, MWC champion, Automatic non-AQ) 35, #21 Pittsburgh (8-3, Big East champion) 7
  • Monday, January 3, 2005 - Nokia Sugar Bowl: #3 Auburn (12-0, SEC champion) 16, #8 Virginia Tech (10-2, ACC champion) 13
  • Tuesday, January 4, 2005 - FedEx Orange Bowl (National Championship): #1 Southern California (12-0, BCS #1, Pac-10 champion) 55, #2 Oklahoma (12-0, BCS #2, Big 12 champion) 19‡

‡ Pursuant to NCAA sanctions, running back Reggie Bush was declared retroactively ineligible for the 2005 Orange Bowl. The NCAA has formally vacated the Trojans' victory, but USC remains the 2004 BCS national champion pending a decision by the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee. No decision will be made in that regard until USC's appeal is exhausted. The 2004 BCS championship will be vacated permanently if USC's appeal fails.

2005–06 season

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

  • Monday, January 2, 2006 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #4 Ohio State (9-2, Automatic "3-4 Rule"[2]) 34, #6 Notre Dame (9-2, Automatic[6][7]) 20
  • Monday, January 2, 2006 - Nokia Sugar Bowl:[8] #11 West Virginia (10-1, Big East champion) 38, #7 Georgia (10-2, SEC champion) 35
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - FedEx Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State (10-1, Big Ten champion) 26, #22 Florida State (8-4, ACC champion) 23 (3 OT)
  • Wednesday, January 4, 2006 - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi (National Championship): #2 Texas (12-0, BCS #2, Big 12 champion) 41, #1 Southern California (12-0, BCS #1, Pac-10 champion) 38

2006–07 season

Template:Rellink These BCS bowl games were played following the 2006 regular season in chronological order:

  • Monday, January 1 - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi: #5 Southern California (10-2, Pac-10 champion) 32, #3 Michigan (11-1, Automatic "3-4 Rule"[2]) 18
  • Monday, January 1 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #8 Boise State[9] (12-0, WAC Champion, Automatic non-AQ) 43, #10 Oklahoma (11-2, Big 12 champion) 42 (OT)
  • Tuesday, January 2 - FedEx Orange Bowl: #6 Louisville (11-1, Big East champion) 24, #14 Wake Forest (11-2, ACC champion) 13
  • Wednesday, January 3 - Allstate Sugar Bowl: #4 LSU (10-2, At-large) 41, #11 Notre Dame (10-2, At-large) 14
  • Monday, January 8 - Tostitos BCS National Championship: #2 Florida (11-1, BCS #2, SEC champion) 41, #1 Ohio State (12-0, BCS #1, Big Ten champion) 14

2007–08 season

Template:Rellink These BCS bowl games were played following the 2007 regular season in chronological order:

  • Tuesday, January 1 - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi: #7 Southern California (10-2, Pac-10 champion) 49, #13 Illinois (9-3, At-large) 17
  • Tuesday, January 1 - Allstate Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia (10-2, At-large) 41, #10 Hawaii[10] (12-0, WAC Champion, Automatic non-AQ) 10
  • Wednesday, January 2 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #9 West Virginia (10-2, Big East champion) 48, #4 Oklahoma (11-2, Big 12 champion) 28
  • Thursday, January 3 - FedEx Orange Bowl: #8 Kansas (11-1, At-large) 24, #3 Virginia Tech (11-2, ACC champion) 21
  • Monday, January 7 - Allstate BCS National Championship: #2 LSU (11-2, BCS #2, SEC champion), 38, #1 Ohio State (11-1, BCS #1, Big Ten champion) 24

2008–09 season

Template:Rellink These BCS bowl games were played following the 2008 regular season in chronological order:

  • Thursday, January 1 - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi: #5 Southern California (11-1, Pac-10 champion) 38, #8 Penn State (11-1, Big Ten champion) 24
  • Thursday, January 1 - FedEx Orange Bowl: #19 Virginia Tech (9-4, ACC champion) 20, #12 Cincinnati (11-2, Big East champion) 7
  • Friday, January 2 - Allstate Sugar Bowl: #6 Utah (12-0, MWC champion, Automatic non-AQ) 31, #4 Alabama (12-1, At-large) 17
  • Monday, January 5 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #3 Texas (11-1, Automatic "3-4 Rule"[2]) 24, #10 Ohio State (10-2, At-large) 21
  • Thursday, January 8 - FedEx BCS National Championship: #2 Florida (12-1, BCS #2, SEC champion) 24, vs. #1 Oklahoma (12-1, BCS #1, Big 12 champion) 14

2009–10 season

Template:Rellink These BCS games were played following the 2009 regular season in chronological order:

  • Friday, January 1, 2010 - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi: #8 Ohio State (10-2, Big Ten Champion) 26, #7 Oregon (10-2, Pac-10 Champion) 17
  • Friday January 1, 2010 - Allstate Sugar Bowl: #5 Florida (12-1, At-large) 51, #3 Cincinnati (12-0, Big East Champion) 24
  • Monday, January 4 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #6 Boise State (13-0, WAC Champion, At-large) 17, #4 TCU (12-0, MWC Champion, Automatic non-AQ) 10
  • Tuesday, January 5 - FedEx Orange Bowl: #10 Iowa (10-2, At-large) 24 vs #9 Georgia Tech (11-2, ACC Champion) 14
  • Thursday, January 7 - Citi BCS National Championship Game: #1 Alabama (13-0, BCS #1, SEC Champion) 37 vs #2 Texas (13-0, BCS #2, Big 12 Champion) 21

2010-11 season

Template:Rellink The following BCS games will be played following the 2010 regular season:

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BCS bowl wins and appearances by team

Appearances School W L Pct Games
8 Ohio State 5 3 .625 Won 1999 Sugar Bowl
Won 2003 Fiesta Bowl*
Won 2004 Fiesta Bowl
Won 2006 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2007 BCS National Championship Game
Lost 2008 BCS National Championship Game
Lost 2009 Fiesta Bowl
Won 2010 Rose Bowl
7 Oklahoma 2 5 .286 Won 2001 Orange Bowl*
Won 2003 Rose Bowl
Lost 2004 Sugar Bowl*
Lost 2005 Orange Bowl*
Lost 2007 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2008 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2009 BCS National Championship Game
7 USC 5 (1 vacated) 1 .833* Won 2003 Orange Bowl
Won 2004 Rose Bowl
Vacated 2005 Orange Bowl*
Lost 2006 Rose Bowl*
Won 2007 Rose Bowl
Won 2008 Rose Bowl
Won 2009 Rose Bowl
6 Florida 5 1 .833 Won 1999 Orange Bowl
Lost 2001 Sugar Bowl
Won 2002 Orange Bowl
Won 2007 BCS National Championship Game
Won 2009 BCS National Championship Game
Won 2010 Sugar Bowl
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
4 LSU 4 0 1.000 Won 2002 Sugar Bowl
Won 2004 Sugar Bowl*
Won 2007 Sugar Bowl
Won 2008 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
4 Virginia Tech 1 3 .250 Lost 2000 Sugar Bowl*
Lost 2005 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2008 Orange Bowl
Won 2009 Orange Bowl
4 Texas 3 1 .750 Won 2005 Rose Bowl
Won 2006 Rose Bowl*
Won 2009 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2010 BCS National Championship Game
3 Alabama 1 2 .333 Lost 2000 Orange Bowl
Lost 2009 Sugar Bowl
Won 2010 BCS National Championship Game
3 Georgia 2 1 .667 Won 2003 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2006 Sugar Bowl
Won 2008 Sugar Bowl
3 Notre Dame 0 3 .000 Lost 2001 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2006 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2007 Sugar Bowl
2 Boise State 2 0 1.000 Won 2007 Fiesta Bowl
Won 2010 Fiesta Bowl
2 Cincinnati 0 2 .000 Lost 2009 Orange Bowl
Lost 2010 Sugar Bowl
2 Illinois 0 2 .000 Lost 2002 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2008 Rose Bowl
2 Iowa 1 1 .500 Lost 2003 Orange Bowl
Won 2010 Orange Bowl
2 Nebraska 1 1 .500 Won 2000 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2002 Rose Bowl*
2 Oregon 1 1 .500 Won 2002 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2010 Rose Bowl
2 Penn State 1 1 .500 Won 2006 Orange Bowl
Lost 2009 Rose Bowl
2 Tennessee 1 1 .500 Won 1999 Fiesta Bowl*
Lost 2000 Fiesta Bowl
2 Utah 2 0 1.000 Won 2005 Fiesta Bowl
Won 2009 Sugar Bowl
2 West Virginia 2 0 1.000 Won 2006 Sugar Bowl
Won 2008 Fiesta Bowl
2 Wisconsin 2 0 1.000 Won 1999 Rose Bowl
Won 2000 Rose Bowl
1 Auburn 1 0 1.000 Won 2005 Sugar Bowl
1 Colorado 0 1 .000 Lost 2002 Fiesta Bowl
1 Georgia Tech 0 1 .000 Lost 2010 Orange Bowl
1 Hawaii 0 1 .000 Lost 2008 Sugar Bowl
1 Kansas 1 0 1.000 Won 2008 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 State 1 0 1.000 Won 2001 Fiesta 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 TCU 0 1 .000 Lost 2010 Fiesta Bowl
1 Texas A&M 0 1 .000 Lost 1999 Sugar Bowl
1 UCLA 0 1 .000 Lost 1999 Rose 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
*Denotes BCS National Championship Game

BCS National Championship Game wins and appearances by team

Appearances School W L Pct Games
4 Oklahoma 1 3 .250 Won 2001 Orange Bowl
Lost 2004 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2005 Orange Bowl
Lost 2009 BCS National Championship Game
3 Ohio State 1 2 .333 Won 2003 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2007 BCS National Championship Game
Lost 2008 BCS National Championship Game
3 Florida State 1 2 .333 Lost 1999 Fiesta Bowl
Won 2000 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2001 Orange Bowl
2 Florida 2 0 1.000 Won 2007 BCS National Championship Game
Won 2009 BCS National Championship Game
2 LSU 2 0 1.000 Won 2004 Sugar Bowl
Won 2008 BCS National Championship Game
2 USC 0 (1 vacated) 1 .000* Vacated 2005 Orange Bowl
Lost 2006 Rose Bowl
2 Miami (FL) 1 1 .500 Won 2002 Rose Bowl
Lost 2003 Fiesta Bowl
2 Texas 1 1 .500 Won 2006 Rose Bowl
Lost 2010 BCS National Championship Game
1 Alabama 1 0 1.000 Won 2010 BCS National Championship Game
1 Tennessee 1 0 1.000 Won 1999 Fiesta Bowl
1 Nebraska 0 1 .000 Lost 2002 Rose Bowl
1 Virginia Tech 0 1 .000 Lost 2000 Sugar Bowl

BCS Bowl wins and appearances by conference

Conference Appearances At-large bids W L Pct # Schools School(s)
Big Ten 21 9 10 11 .476 7 Ohio State (5-3)
Michigan (1-3)
Wisconsin (2-0)
Penn State (1-1)
Illinois (0-2)
Iowa (1-1)
Purdue (0-1)
SEC 19 7 14 5 .737 6 Florida (5-1)
LSU (4-0)
Georgia (2-1)
Alabama (1-2)
Tennessee (1-1)
Auburn (1-0)
Big 12 17 5 7 10 .438 7 Oklahoma (2-5)
Texas (3-1)
Nebraska (1-1)
Kansas (1-0)
Colorado (0-1)
Kansas State (0-1)
Texas A&M (0-1)
Pac-10 14 2 8* 5 .615* 7 USC (5*-1)
Oregon (1-1)
Oregon State (1-0)
Washington (1-0)
Stanford (0-1)
UCLA (0-1)
Washington State (0-1)
Big East 12 0 6 6 .500 7 Miami (FL) (3-1)
West Virginia (2-0)
Louisville (1-0)
Cincinnati (0-2)
Pittsburgh (0-1)
Syracuse (0-1)
Virginia Tech* (0-1)
ACC 12 0 2 10 .167 5 Florida State (1-5)
Virginia Tech* (1-2)
Maryland (0-1)
Wake Forest (0-1)
Georgia Tech (0-1)
MWC 3 0** 2 1 .667 2 Utah (2-0)
TCU (0-1)
WAC 3 1** 2 1 .667 2 Boise State (2-0)
Hawaii (0-1)
Independent 3 3 0 3 .000 1 Notre Dame (0-3)
C-USA 0 0 0 0 .000 0
MAC 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Sun Belt 0 0 0 0 .000 0

*Virginia Tech played for both the ACC and Big East, and played in BCS bowl games for both conferences. Note that while Miami has been a member of both the Big East and ACC, it has only been to a BCS Bowl as a member of the Big East.

**Although the Mountain West and WAC do not automatically qualify for BCS bowls, some of their appearances are not considered at-large bids because of the rule allowing the highest ranked team from a non-automatic-qualifying conference to receive an automatic bid if they are in the top 12. Boise State's bid in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl is the only time a team from a non-automatic-qualifying conference has received an at-large bid as TCU received the automatic bid in 2010.

BCS National Championship Game appearances by conference

Conference Appearances W L Pct # Schools School(s)
Big 12 7 2 5 .286 3 Oklahoma (1-3)
Texas (1-1)
Nebraska (0-1)
SEC 6 6 0 1.000 4 Florida (2-0)
LSU (2-0)
Alabama (1-0)
Tennessee (1-0)
ACC 3 1 2 .333 1 Florida State (1-2)
Big East 3 1 2 .333 2 Miami, FL (1-1)
Virginia Tech (0-1)
Big Ten 3 1 2 .333 1 Ohio State (1-2)
Pac-10 2 0* 1 .000* 1 USC (0*-1)
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  1. 1.0 1.1 Southern California and Washington State tied for the Pac-10 championship, but due to the Cougars' victory over the Trojans during the season, Washington St. was extended the automatic berth to the Rose Bowl as league champion.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The BCS adopted a rule after the 1998-99 season, nicknamed the "Kansas State Rule," which stated that any team ranked in the top four in the final BCS poll is ensured of an invitation to a BCS bowl game.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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.
  4. The 2004 Sugar Bowl marked the first time in the history of the BCS that the top ranked team in the country did not play in its national championship game. Going into bowl week USC, the Pac-10 Champion, was top-ranked but did not earn a high enough rating to qualify for the game.
  5. Utah was an automatic selection as it was ranked #6 in the final BCS standings.
  6. For the 2005-2006 season, Notre Dame received an automatic bid to a BCS game after finishing in the top ten of the final BCS Standings. Beginning with the 2006 season, Notre Dame must finish in the top eight to receive an automatic bid.
  7. http://www.uhnd.com/articles/football/bcs-knocks-notre-dame-off-14-million-perch/ "BCS Knocks Notre Dame Off $14 Million Perch" 02 May 2005
  8. Due to damage to the Louisiana Superdome because of Hurricane Katrina, the Sugar Bowl was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
  9. Boise State was an automatic selection as it was champion of the Western Athletic Conference and ranked #8 in the final BCS standings.
  10. HawaiTemplate:Okinai was an automatic selection as it was champion of the Western Athletic Conference and ranked #10 in the final BCS standings.
  11. http://www.bcsfootball.org/news/story?id=4809833
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