Florida State meets Auburn in Monday’s 16th and final national title game in the Bowl Championship Series system.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
The era has produced some powerful teams and remarkable performances, and maybe the final game will add to the lists.
Here’s the best of the best from the BCS, which began after the 1998 season.
1. 2001 Miami Hurricanes
One of the greatest collections of talent in college football history.
• Defeated: Nebraska 37-14 in the Rose Bowl
• Coach: Larry Coker
• Standouts: RB Clinton Portis, RB Willis McGahee, WR Andre Johnson, TE Jeremy Shockey, LT Bryant McKinnie, LB Jonathan Vilma, FS Ed Reed.
2. 2004 Southern California Trojans
The Trojans were stripped of their title for NCAA violations, mostly involving Reggie Bush.
• Defeated: Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl
• Coach: Pete Carroll
• Standouts: QB Matt Leinart, RB Reggie Bush, RB LenDale White, LB Lofa Tatupu, DE Shaun Cody
3. 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide
The first of Alabama’s three national title teams under Nick Saban may be the best.
• Defeated: Texas 37-21 in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl
• Coach: Nick Saban
• Standouts: RB Mark Ingram, LB Rolando McClain, CB Javier Arenas, WR Julio Jones
4. 2005 Texas Longhorns
The Longhorns won in dramatic fashion on Vince Young’s fourth-down run.
• Defeated: Southern California 41-38 in the Rose Bowl
• Coach: Mack Brown
• Standouts: QB Vince Young, S Michael Huff, DT Rodrique Wright, OT Justin Blalock
5. 2008 Florida Gators
Tim Tebow rallied Florida in the fourth quarter.
• Defeated: Oklahoma 24-14 in the BCS National Championship Game at Miami Gardens, Fla.
• Coach: Urban Meyer
• Standouts: QB Tim Tebow, WR Percy Harvin, C Maurkice Pouncey, LB Brandon Spikes
Best title-game performances
Vince Young, Texas vs. Southern California
• When/where: Jan. 4, 2006, Rose Bowl
• Comment: One of the single-greatest efforts in the game’s history brought Texas its first national championship since 1970. Young accounted for 467 total yards, and his third rushing touchdown came on fourth down from the 8 with 19 seconds remaining, capping the 41-38 triumph.
Matt Leinart, USC vs. Oklahoma
• When/where: Jan. 4, 2005, Orange Bowl
• Comment: The Sooners opened the scoring, then the left-handed Leinart went to work. He threw a BCS title-game record five touchdown passes and 332 yards in the Trojans’ 55-19 romp. Leinart became the first Heisman Trophy winner since Michigan’s Charles Woodson in 1997 to win the national championship.
Maurice Clarett, Ohio State vs. Miami, Fla.
• When/where: Jan. 3, 2003, Fiesta Bowl
• Comment: Clarett rushed for a mere 47 yards, but he provided the game’s biggest and most clutch moments in the Buckeyes’ 31-24 two-overtime victory for their first national title in 34 years. From the Miami 6, the Hurricanes’ Sean Taylor picked off a Craig Krenzel pass and returned it 28 yards. But Clarett stripped the ball from Taylor and Ohio State got a field goal from the possession. Clarett scored the second of his two rushing touchdowns in the second overtime to give Ohio State the victory.
BCS title game history
|Season||Result||Starting QBs (winner, loser)|
|1998||Tennessee 23, Florida State 16||Tee Martin, Marcus Outzen|
|1999||Florida State 46, Virginia Tech 29||Chris Weinke, Michael Vick|
|2000||Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2||Josh Heupel, Chris Weinke*|
|2001||Miami, Fla., 37, Nebraska 14||Ken Dorsey, Eric Crouch*|
|2002||Ohio State 31, Miami, Fla. 24, 2OT||Craig Krenzel, Ken Dorsey|
|2003||LSU 21, Oklahoma 14||Matt Mauck, Jason White*|
|2004||Southern California 55, Oklahoma 19||Matt Leinart*, Jason White|
|2005||Texas 41, Southern California 38||Vince Young, Matt Leinart|
|2006||Florida 41, Ohio State 14||Chris Leak, Troy Smith*|
|2007||LSU 38, Ohio State 24||Matt Flynn, Todd Boeckman|
|2008||Florida 24, Oklahoma 14||Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford*|
|2009||Alabama 37, Texas 21||Greg McElroy, Colt McCoy|
|2010||Auburn 22, Oregon 19||Cam Newton*, Darron Thomas|
|2011||Alabama 21, LSU 0||AJ McCarron, Jordan Jefferson|
|2012||Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14||AJ McCarron, Everett Golson|
|2013||Florida State vs. Auburn||Jameis Winston* vs. Nick Marshall|
*Heisman Trophy winner
BCS records by conference
Includes all BCS games, not just championships, heading into Monday’s title game:
Most BCS appearances
• 10: Ohio State
• 9: Oklahoma
• 8: Florida State
• 7: Southern California, Florida
• 6: Virginia Tech
Most BCS victories
• 6: Ohio State, Southern California
• 5: Florida
• 4: LSU, Oklahoma