For the final time, the BCS held a selection show on Dec. 8. Yet for once, there was no mystery to the BCS rankings and bowl selections, which was an ironic way for the system to come to an end. There could have been massive controversy and debate if the Ohio State Buckeyes won on Dec. 7, but thanks to the Michigan State Spartans, the national championship game pairing held no suspense.
As expected, the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles were picked for the title game to face the new No. 2 Auburn Tigers. Auburn needed two miracle wins, an SEC title shootout and an Ohio State loss to get that far, while Florida State took an easier route -- at least on the field. As such, now the year’s most battle tested team will face it’s most dominant for the national championship.
Of course, the BCS has four other bowls and eight other teams in its collection. For the final year, the Rose, Fiesta, Orange and Sugar will be labeled as BCS bowls, as they will rotate as playoff games starting next season. Yet for this final ride under the old system, there will at least be new blood in the mix, to help ease the wait for the finale in Pasadena.
The accompanying slideshow lists the final 10 participants in the BCS, and where they are ending up. Unlike so many years, no one can debate whether they deserved to be in these places or not -- although some may look more deserving than others in the first week of January.