BCS Rankings: Final AP Rankings Expose Flawed System

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2012

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks in the fourth quarter while taking on the Wisconsin Badgers at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Every college football season comes complete with BCS snubs. It's the way of the world and it's something we must live with.

But that doesn't mean we still can't complain and seek change from the BCS system.

The final AP rankings have come out after the BCS Championship Game and they expose the flaws in the Week 15 BCS standings.

Here are three teams that jump out as the biggest BCS snubs at the end of the season.

3. South Carolina (11-2)

The South Carolina Gamecocks lost to Auburn and then lost to Arkansas. That's not exactly anything to be ashamed of.

On the other hand, they beat Georgia, then-No. 17 Clemson and then-No. 20 Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. This team had inconsistent quarterback play all season, but the rest of the team, including head coach Steve Spurrier, deserved a whole lot of credit.

The Gamecocks were ranked No. 9 in the Week 15 BCS standings.

2. Arkansas (11-2)

The Arkansas Razorbacks' only blemishes of the season were losing to Alabama and LSU.

Yeah, can't exactly blast them for that.

However, they were ranked No. 6 in the Week 15 BCS standings regardless. Then they went on to beat No. 8 Kansas State, 29-16, in the Cotton Bowl.

1. Oregon (12-2)

Oregon loses to LSU and a solid USC team and beats Stanford, but is still ranked No. 5 in the BCS standings at the end of the season. Then the Ducks go on to win a thrilling game against No. 10 Wisconsin, 45-38, in the Rose Bowl.

I liked the Ducks from the start and their offense was simply a joy to watch all season long. They also had some playmakers on defense as they showed against Andrew Luck and Stanford on Nov. 12 by winning, 53-30.

They were No. 4 overall in the final AP rankings.

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