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The Reign of the BCS Comes to an End

Posted on 08. Jan, 2014 by in NCAA

The 2014 BCS championship game made its last hurrah on January 6th, and what an end it was! The top ranked Florida State Seminoles bested the #2 Auburn Tigers 34-31 in a game for the ages. Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston threw a touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining to put the Seminoles on top to give them their second BCS championship, and third national championship overall. While no more teams will be able to stake their claim as BCS champions, as next year starts the crowning of a champion with a four-team playoff, the BCS title game has proven to be one of the more entertaining championship games in sports.

Starting in 2007 as a game separate from the remaining BCS bowl games, the BCS title game will be looked back on fondly by fans of the South Eastern Conference (SEC). Aside from this final year, every BCS game was won by SEC teams, as Alabama won three, Florida two, and Auburn and LSU each won one. While other conferences had varying degrees of success in other BCS games, the SEC can lay claim to be the undisputed best conference in college football during the BCS era with BCS champions in seven of the eight years.

While many college football fans around the country railed against what they perceived as pro-SEC bias by the BCS selection committee, it is worth noting that other conferences were represented fairly evenly, with the Big-10 and Big-12 each making two appearances, the Pac-12 (then the Pac-10) making one, and independent Notre Dame appearing last year. While there was undoubtedly a lot of representation by the SEC in this period, there is no doubting the fact that SEC teams consistently fared well when put to the test.

While few people will shed tears about the loss of the BCS title game, at least fans of the SEC will be able to say that their conference enjoyed a great run with various BCS champions representing their schools for many years.

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