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BCS National Championship Game
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The winner of the BCS National Championship Game receives the AFCA National Championship Trophy.
Stadium Rotates among the following:
University of Phoenix Stadium;
Louisiana Superdome;
Dolphin Stadium; &
Rose Bowl
Location Rotates among the following:
Glendale, Arizona;
New Orleans, Louisiana;
Miami Gardens, Florida; &
Pasadena, California
Operated 1998-present
Payout US$18,000,000 (As of 2009)
Sponsors
Tostitos (1999, 2003, 2007)
Nokia (2000, 2004)
FedEx (2001, 2005, 2009)
AT&T (2002)
Allstate (2008)
Citi (2006, 2010)
2009 Matchup
Florida vs. Oklahoma (Florida 24-14)
2010 Matchup
Alabama vs. Texas (Alabama 37-21)
50-yard line action for the US national championship in Pasadena California, January 7, 2010

The BCS National Championship Game is the final bowl game of the annual Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and is intended by the organizers of the BCS to determine the U.S. national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as NCAA Division I-A). The participants are the two highest-ranked teams in the BCS standings at the end of the regular college football season, currently determined by averaging the results of the final weekly USA Today Coaches' Poll, Harris Interactive Poll of media, former players and coaches, and the average of six participating Computer rankings.

The game was first played at the conclusion of the 1998 college football season in accordance with an agreement reached by the Big Ten and Pac-10 conferences and the Rose Bowl Game to join the members of the former "Bowl Alliance" to create the Bowl Championship Series. The Bowl Alliance and its predecessor, the Bowl Coalition, featured championship games from 1992 through 1997. However, these could not ensure a matchup between the top two ranked teams because of the lack of participation by the Big Ten and Pac-10.

The game was initially rotated among the four participating bowl games, the (Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Sugar Bowl). However, beginning with the 2006 season, the BCS National Championship Game became a separate event played at the same site as a host bowl a week following New Year's Day.

The American Football Coaches Association has contractually agreed to select the winner of the game as the national champion in its final USA Today Coaches' Poll of the season.[1] Thus, the winner of the game is awarded the AFCA National Championship Trophy in a postgame ceremony. The winner is also automatically awarded the National Football Foundation's MacArthur Trophy.[2] However, the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America do not participate in the BCS and may award their well respected national championship trophies to schools other than the BCS National Championship Game winner.

Since the formation of the Bowl Championship Series, there have been several controversies regarding the schools selected to participate in the BCS National Championship Game. Most notably, following the 2003 season, the BCS ranking system selected the #3 ranked school in the Associated Press writers' poll, the University of Oklahoma, over the #1 ranked school in that poll, the University of Southern California, to participate in the National Championship Game (the Nokia Sugar Bowl) despite Oklahoma's decisive loss to Kansas State in the 2003 Big 12 Championship Game. 2003 is the only season, to date, since the inception of the BCS in which the national championship has been split, with Louisiana State University winning the BCS national championship and the University of Southern California winning the AP national championship and the FWAA national championship.

The National Championship Game for the 2009 season at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California was held on on January 7, 2010, sponsored by Citi, and broadcast by the ABC television network. The game featured the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the #2 Texas Longhorns, and was won by Alabama 37-21.

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Future

The game's location rotates among the sites of the BCS bowls. Future scheduled sites are as follows (note the years shown are for the game, which occurs in the calendar year following the corresponding NCAA football season):

The title sponsor of the BCS National Championship Game each year is the same as that of the bowl game in that year's host location. Thus, the 2007 game was the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game, after the title sponsor of the Fiesta Bowl. The following year saw it become the Allstate BCS National Championship, and the 2009 game bears the FedEx brand. The 2010 game had Citi as its title sponsor.[3]

Based upon television contracts between the BCS and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses with ESPN, the BCS will retain its current format through at least the 2014 season.

Criticisms and controversy

Critics of the current BCS championship argue against the internal validity of the current BCS National Championship, which is awarded to the winner of a single postseason game, the BCS National Championship game. Critics lament that the participants in this game are decided based upon polls and computers; not by previous on-field competition as is this the case in other major sports and other levels of college football which employ playoff format championships. Often, the BCS system leads to controversies in which multiple teams finish seasons with equal records, and voters must distinguish the worthiness of their participation in the BCS National Championship game. Without providing any objective criteria for evaluation of these teams, the BCS also forces voters to impose their own standards and tiebreakers. Critics note that the system inherently fosters selection bias, and therefore, lacks external validity.[4]

Controversies concerning inclusion in the BCS National Championship Game are numerous. In 2003, for example, USC was not included in the BCS Championship Game, but beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl and ended up #1 in the Associated Press final poll. The following season, in 2004, undefeated Auburn University, Boise State University and University of Utah teams were left out of the National Championship Game (the FedEx Orange Bowl), although those teams were undefeated as well. In 2001, Oregon, second ranked in the AP poll, was bypassed in favor of Nebraska despite Nebraska's blowout loss in its final regular season game to the University of Colorado. In 2008, the University of Utah was excluded from the BCS championship for a second time despite being the only undefeated Division I-A team at the end of the season and finished second behind 13-1 Florida. In 2009, five schools finished the regular season undefeated: Alabama, Texas, Cincinnati, Texas Christian University, and Boise State, however the BCS selected traditional powers Alabama and Texas to participate in the BCS National Championship Game as they were the top two teams in the BCS rankings. However, only Alabama and Boise State emerged from the postseason undefeated.

Many critics of the Bowl Championship Series favor a larger championship tournament with eight to sixteen teams, similar to that administered by the NCAA for its Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, and Division III football championships. Others favor adopting the incremental step of adding a single post-bowl championship game between the winners of two BCS games among the top four ranked teams in the BCS standings, the so-called "plus one" option. The SEC and ACC conferences have recently been pushing for some form of playoff system. On June 24, 2009, the BCS presidential oversight committee rejected the Mountain West Conference's proposed eight-team playoff plan.[5]

Game results

  • For Bowl Coalition championship game results from 1992-1994, see: Bowl Coalition
  • For Bowl Alliance championship game results from 1995-1997, see: Bowl Alliance
Season Date Winner Loser Bowl Game Site MVP
1998 January 4, 1999 1 Tennessee (SEC) 23 2 Florida State (ACC) 16 1999 Fiesta Bowl Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Arizona
Peerless Price, Dwayne Goodrich
1999 January 4, 2000 1 Florida State (ACC) 46 2 Virginia Tech (Big East) 29 2000 Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
Peter Warrick
2000 January 3, 2001 1 Oklahoma (Big 12) 13 2 Florida State (ACC) 2 2001 Orange Bowl Pro Player Stadium
Miami, Florida
Torrance Marshall
2001 January 3, 2002 1 Miami (Florida) (Big East) 37 2 Nebraska (Big 12) 14 2002 Rose Bowl Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Ken Dorsey, Andre Johnson
2002 January 3, 2003 2 Ohio State (Big Ten) 31 1 Miami (Florida) (Big East) 24 2003 Fiesta Bowl Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Arizona
Craig Krenzel, Mike Doss
2003 January 4, 2004 2 LSU (SEC) 21 1 Oklahoma (Big 12) 14 2004 Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
Justin Vincent
2004 January 4, 2005 1 USC (Pac-10) 55 2 Oklahoma (Big 12) 19 2005 Orange Bowl Pro Player Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
Matt Leinart
2005 January 4, 2006 2 Texas (Big 12) 41 1 USC (Pac-10) 38 2006 Rose Bowl Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Vince Young (offense);
Michael Huff (defense)
2006 January 8, 2007 2 Florida (SEC) 41 1 Ohio State (Big Ten) 14 2007 BCS National Championship Game University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
Chris Leak (offense);
Derrick Harvey (defense)
2007 January 7, 2008 2 LSU (SEC) 38 1 Ohio State (Big Ten) 24 2008 BCS National Championship Game Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
Matt Flynn (offense);
Ricky Jean-Francois (defense)
2008 January 8, 2009 2 Florida (SEC) 24 1 Oklahoma (Big 12) 14 2009 BCS National Championship Game Dolphin Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
Tim Tebow (offense);
Carlos Dunlap (defense)
2009 January 7, 2010 1 Alabama (SEC) 37 2 Texas (Big 12) 21 2010 BCS National Championship Game Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Mark Ingram (offense);
Marcell Dareus (defense)
2010 January 10, 2011 2011 BCS National Championship Game University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona

Note 1: †Double overtime

Records by conference

Conference Wins Losses Winning Teams Losing Teams
SEC 6 0 Alabama, Florida (2), LSU (2), Tennessee
Big 12 2 5 Oklahoma, Texas Nebraska, Oklahoma (3), Texas
Pac-10 1 1 USC USC
ACC 1 2 Florida State Florida State (2)
Big East 1 2 Miami (FL) Miami (FL), Virginia Tech
Big Ten 1 2 Ohio State Ohio State (2)

Records by team

Team Appearances Wins Losses Percentage Title Seasons
Florida 2 2 0 1.000 2006, 2008
LSU 2 2 0 1.000 2003, 2007
Alabama 1 1 0 1.000 2009
Tennessee 1 1 0 1.000 1998
Texas 2 1 1 .500 2005
USC 2 1 1 .500 2004
Miami (FL) 2 1 1 .500 2001
Ohio State 3 1 2 .333 2002
Florida State 3 1 2 .333 1999
Oklahoma 4 1 3 .250 2000
Nebraska 1 0 1 .000 ----
Virginia Tech 1 0 1 .000 ----

Media coverage

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Television

From 1999 through 2006, ABC broadcast eight BCS National Championship Games pursuant to broadcasting rights negotiated with the BCS and the Rose Bowl, whose rights were offered separately. Beginning with the 2006–07 season, FOX obtained the BCS package, consisting of the Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and the BCS National Championship Games hosted by these bowls, with ABC retaining the rights to the Rose Bowl and BCS National Championship Games hosted by the Rose Bowl. This means FOX has the rights to the 2009 BCS Championship Game, and ABC will have the rights to the 2010 National Championship Game.

On November 18, 2008, the BCS announced that ESPN had won the television rights to the BCS National Championship Game for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. The contract with ESPN is notable as it appears the BCS National Championship Game will become the most prominent annual sporting event not to be shown over broadcast television.[6]

Date Network Bowl Play-by-play announcer Color analyst Sideline reporter(s) Studio host(s) Studio analyst(s) TV Rating[7]
1999 ABC Fiesta Bowl Keith Jackson Bob Griese Lynn Swann John Saunders Todd Blackledge 17.2
2000 ABC Sugar Bowl Brent Musburger Gary Danielson Lynn Swann and Jack Arute John Saunders Terry Bowden 17.5
2001 ABC Orange Bowl Brad Nessler Bob Griese Lynn Swann and Jack Arute John Saunders Terry Bowden 17.8
2002 ABC Rose Bowl Keith Jackson Tim Brant Lynn Swann and Todd Harris John Saunders Terry Bowden 13.9
2003 ABC Fiesta Bowl Keith Jackson Dan Fouts Lynn Swann and Todd Harris John Saunders Terry Bowden 17.2
2004 ABC Sugar Bowl Brent Musburger Gary Danielson Lynn Swann and Jack Arute John Saunders Terry Bowden and Craig James 14.5
2005 ABC Orange Bowl Brad Nessler Bob Griese Lynn Swann and Todd Harris John Saunders Craig James and Aaron Taylor 13.7
2006 ABC Rose Bowl Keith Jackson Dan Fouts Todd Harris and Holly Rowe John Saunders Craig James and Aaron Taylor 21.7
2007 FOX 2007 BCS National Championship Game Thom Brennaman Barry Alvarez and Charles Davis Chris Myers Chris Rose Eddie George, Emmitt Smith and Jimmy Johnson 17.4
2008 FOX 2008 BCS National Championship Game Thom Brennaman Charles Davis Chris Myers Chris Rose Eddie George, Urban Meyer and Jimmy Johnson 17.4
2009 FOX 2009 BCS National Championship Game Thom Brennaman Charles Davis Chris Myers Chris Rose Eddie George, Barry Switzer and Jimmy Johnson 15.8
2010 ABC 2010 BCS National Championship Game Brent Musburger Kirk Herbstreit Lisa Salters and Tom Rinaldi Chris Fowler and Rece Davis Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, Pete Carroll, Lou Holtz and Mark May 20.6
2011 ESPN 2011 BCS National Championship Game TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
2012 ESPN BCS National Championship Game TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
2013 ESPN BCS National Championship Game TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
2014 ESPN BCS National Championship Game TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
     Expected announcer, subject to change.

Radio

Date Network Bowl Play-by-play announcer Color analyst Sideline reporter(s)
2007 ESPN Radio Tostitos
BCS National Championship Game
Brent Musburger Bob Davie and Todd Blackledge Lisa Salters
2008 ESPN Radio Allstate
BCS National Championship Game
Brent Musburger Kirk Herbstreit Lisa Salters
2009 ESPN Radio FedEx
BCS National Championship Game
Brent Musburger Kirk Herbstreit Lisa Salters
2010 ESPN Radio Citi
BCS National Championship Game
Mike Tirico Jon Gruden and Todd Blackledge Wendi Nix

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