Utilizing the complex formulas of the BCS ratings to select only two teams to compete for a national title each year is fraught with problems. Trying to mathematically compute the strength of the top two teams invariably leaves too many other qualified teams on the sidelines. A true champion should earn their title on the field by beating the other top ranked teams nationwide.
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CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER TEAMS DENIED A CHANCE TO PLAY
2008 Texas Longhorns
On October 11, 2008 the Texas Longhorns defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 45 to 35. But on November 1st, the Longhorns lost to Texas Tech on a heroic pass with 8 seconds left in the game. Both Texas and Oklahoma finished the season with a single loss but the BCS determined that Oklahoma was the better team and awarded it with a berth in the 2009 National Championship game. Oklahoma's 24-14 loss in the National Championship was its 5th straight BCS bowl loss. Texas won its bowl game to finish the season.
2008 Utah Utes
Utah finished the regular season undefeated and was only "ranked" 6th by the BCS. They were selected to face SEC powerhouse Alabama in the Sugar Bowl where they won 31 to 17 to remain the only undefeated team. This was Utah's second undefeated season where they were denied an opportunity to compete for the National Championship.
2006 Boise State Broncos
At the end of the 2006 regular season only Boise State and Ohio State had undefeated teams. Boise State was denied the opportunity to play for the National Championship and was invited to play in the Fiesta Bowl where they defeated Oklahoma in overtime to remain the only unbeaten team that year. Meanwhile, Ohio State was crushed by Florida in the National Championship game 41 to 14.
2004 Auburn Tigers and Utah Utes
At the end of the 2004 regular season four teams were undefeated: USC, Oklahoma, Auburn and Utah. USC and Oklahoma were selected to play in the National Championship game where USC prevailed 55 to 19. Auburn and Utah were selected for other bowl games and they both won. USC, Auburn and Utah finished the season undefeated but Utah and Auburn were denied the opportunity to compete for the national title.
2003 USC Trojans
The 2003 regular season closed with three 1-loss teams (LSU, Oklahoma and USC). USC was ranked #1 in the Associated Press and Coaches polls, yet finished 3rd in the BCS rankings. LSU defeated Oklahoma in the National Championship game and USC won the Rose Bowl. Because USC remained #1 in the Associated Press poll, they "shared" the national title with LSU. By contract, the #1 position in the Coaches Poll was awarded to LSU the winner of the BCS title game.