A Brief History of the BCS Championship
After having co-national champions in 1990 & 1991, a Bowl Coalition was formed to provide quality bowl game matchups and eliminate co-national champions for the 1992, 1993, and 1994 seasons. The Bowl Coalition had flaws such as it did not include the PAC-10 or Big Ten conferences, and there were conference tie-ins (an automatic bid to a college bowl game). These problems led to the formation of the Bowl Alliance, which was prominent during the 1995, 1996, and 1997 seasons. However, the Bowl Alliance still did not include the PAC-10 or Big Ten champions, the Rose Bowl or any non-Bowl Alliance team. This led to the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), starting in 1998 and running through the present. This new BCS system not only included the PAC-10 and Big Ten conferences, but also high performing mid-major conferences.
The current BCS bowl games include: the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA), the Sugar Bowl (New Orleans), the Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ), and the Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, FL).
2010 BCS Football Rankings
The 2011 BCS Championship Game may be one of the biggest sporting events of the year. With little over a month left and counting, several teams at the top of the BCS ranking have only one game left to determine their fate. Currently, the top three spots are held by Auburn, Oregon, and TCU (Texas Christian University). These three teams have remained undefeated this far in 2010, which has been quite a feat in itself.
If the Rose Bowl were to be played right now, Auburn and Oregon would be going head-to-head in a matchup of all matchups in the BCS Championship Game. But they both have one game left to decide if they go. Oregon must play Oregon State in the PAC-10 conference, and Auburn must play South Carolina in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. Should either one of these teams lose, it would create a shake-up in the standings and would allow room for TCU to enter the BCS Championship Game, if the polls and computer selection methods are favorable toward TCU.
Current projections for the Rose Bowl 2011 are TCU and Wisconsin, banking on the assumption that Auburn and Oregon do not lose their final games.
Quick Fact: Roy Kramer, the former SEC Commissioner is considered to be the “father” of the current BCS system.
Rumor: TCU is expected to join the BIG East conference, pending an invitation from the conference, based on their college football performance in recent years. They are expected to join for all sports for the 2012-2013 year, if not sooner. TCU is currently ranked #3 in BCS rankings.
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