Heck, we might just miss the BCS. Maybe?
It sort of worked out this season. Top-ranked Florida State (13-0) was the only team to get through the regular season unbeaten, and the Seminoles did it in dominating fashion. Auburn (12-1) won the Southeastern Conference, and among the teams with imperfect records the Tigers’ resume is best.
The pairings become official Sunday night when the final BCS standings came out, but there’s no question about 1 and 2. It’ll be the ‘Noles and Tigers at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6 for the national championship.
In the other marquee bowls:
— Alabama will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl
— Clemson will play Ohio State in the Orange Bowl
— Michigan State will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl
— Baylor will play UCF in the Fiesta Bowl
Of course, Big 12 champion Baylor (11-1) and Big Ten champion Michigan State (12-1) might argue with that top two. But over 16 seasons college football fans have built up what can be called BCS acceptance, learning to live with the fact that there is only room for two.
BCS bowls BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1)
ROSE BOWL: Stanford (11-2) vs. Michigan State (12-1)
FIESTA BOWL: Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1)
SUGAR BOWL: Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2)
ORANGE BOWL: Ohio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2)