BCS National Championship Game Overview
The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was created in 1998 at the end of the college football season with the intention of determining a national champion in Division 1 of college football
. Prior to it's creation, the national champion had largely been determined by polls conducted by various organizations of media and coaches, more often than not leading to controversy and dispute. The new system has lessened the dispute somewhat, but discussion about the method of choosing the final two participants persist, and no doubt will continue to be a source of controversy as long as the decisions are made "off" the playing field rather than "on."
As the system currently stands, the final participants are the two highest ranked teams determined by combining the results of the USA Today Coaches' Poll, a panel of media, former coaches and players (Harris Interactive Poll), and the averages of six other national computer rankings. The computer rankings compare several factors, including strength of schedule, common opponents and late-season performance. Critics of the system argue that these are subjective criteria and not a valid method to determine a "true" champion.
Many critics suggest a larger championship tournament, consisting of eight to sixteen teams to be adopted, allowing the champion to be determined by competition instead of voters. The other three NCAA college divisions, the FCS (Football Championship Series), Division II and III use the suggested "tournament" format. Supporters of the BCS format argue that the expense involved with adding an extra game would be prohibitive and would disrupt the student-athletes' academic curriculum.
Controversy over the selection of championship game participants has not been eliminated by the system. In 2001, the University of Oregon was ranked second in the polls but the BCS chose Nebraska for the finals, despite Nebraska losing it's final regular season game. 2004 saw three undefeated teams; Auburn, Boise State and Utah not being placed in the finals, and in 2008, Utah once again finished undefeated but was bypassed for the championship game, bringing about accusations that the BCS selection committee favored bigger "name" schools that would supply a larger, more lucrative fan base and attract more television viewers, charges the committee denied.
The location of the championship game originally was rotated among the four "major" bowl games, (Fiesta Bowl
, Orange Bowl
, Rose Bowl
, and the Sugar Bowl
) but was amended at the start of the 2006 season to be held a week after New Year's Day as a separate event, although still played at one of the four "host" bowls. The 2011 BCS Championship game is scheduled for the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on January 10, 2011.
The winner of the game is awarded the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Trophy as well as the National Football Foundation's MacArthur Trophy. The champions are also traditionally invited to the White House to be congratulated by the President.
Since the initial BCS Championship in 1998, the Southeastern Conference (SEC)
has been the dominant participating league, capturing six of the thirteen titles. Florida and Louisiana State of the SEC have each won two championships; Tennessee, Alabama the other two. The SEC has never lost a BCS Championship Game that one of it's member schools have participated in. The Big 12 Conference is the only other conference with more than one championship, winning twice, (Oklahoma, Texas).
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