The Bowl Championship Series was established to determine the national champion for college football while maintaining and enhancing the bowl system that's nearly 100 years old. The BCS has quickly become a showcase for the sport, matching the best teams at the end of the season. The BCS consists of the Rose Bowl presented by Citi, Allstate Sugar Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the BCS National Championship Game.
Until the early 1990s the selection process for major bowl matchups with affiliated conference champions was totally disorganized and in many cases resulted in a chaotic situation. Some bowls would effectively make selections after seven or eight games. The BCS has worked to develop a system that not only allows the selection process to be completed at the end of the regular season and creates better matchups.
For the first time in college football history the BCS has opened the bowl agreements more so than they have ever been, and in doing so have elevated the possibility of excitement in college football. But, at the same time, it's being done within the framework of the bowl system that has been an integral part of the tradition and success of college football. Look no further than the 2006 Rose Bowl matchup between Texas and USC as an example of the BCS at its best.
The four possible at-large positions in the BCS are open to any Division I-A team. This allows any Division I-A school in the nation the opportunity to play in a BCS bowl game, should it qualify to play in the National Championship game or be selected by one of the bowls.
The BCS also notes the importance of traditional and regional considerations regarding team selection.
These consideration tie-ins include the ACC champion in the FedEx Orange Bowl, the SEC champion in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Big Ten and the Pac-10 champions in the Rose Bowl and the Big 12 champion in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Should a BCS Bowl's host champion be ranked number one or two in the final BCS Standings, the number one- or two-ranked team shall move to the national championship game and the Bowl shall select a replacement team from the BCS pool of eligible teams. The pool will consist of any Division I-A team that is ranked among the top 14 in the final BCS standings and has achieved at least nine wins during the regular season (excluding NCAA-exempted contests).
BCS Championship Game results
BCS National Championship Game: LSU 38, Ohio State 24
BCS National Championship Game: Florida 41, Ohio State 14
Rose Bowl: Texas 41, USC 38
FedEx Orange Bowl: USC 55, Oklahoma 19
Nokia Sugar Bowl: LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 31, Miami 24 (2OT)
Rose Bowl: Miami 37, Nebraska 14
FedEx Orange Bowl: Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2
Nokia Sugar Bowl: Florida State 46, Virginia Tech 29
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Tennessee 23, Florida State 16
Future BCS schedules
Following 2008 Regular Season
Jan. 1, 2009 - FedEx Bowl
Jan. 1, 2009 - Rose Bowl
Jan. 2, 2009 - Allstate Sugar Bowl
Jan. 5, 2009 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 8, 2009 - National Championship Game (Miami)
Following 2009 Regular Season
Jan. 1, 2010 - Allstate Sugar Bowl
Jan. 1, 2010 - Rose Bowl
Jan. 4, 2010 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 5, 2010 - FedEx Orange Bowl
TBD, 2010 - National Championship Game (Pasadena, Calif.)