If the BCS is going to continue to be the NCAA's preferred system of choice, then it's going to have to keep making the little guy happy.
Since it's birth in 1998, the BCS hasn't gotten much love from college football fans, and for good reason. It relies on computerized averages and voting to determine its participants.
2012 is setting up to be a season where several under the radar programs could sneak their way into a BCS game; that's right, another season of the mid-major's argument that its 11-1 record justifies their 95th ranked schedule.
Something else that has really irked fans is the continual status the Big East has as an Automatic Qualifying conference. The Big East is notoriously known as the worst of the six major conferences in the FBS and many fans think the conference should lose this luxury because of their lack of prestige.
Teams like Boise State, TCU, Connecticut, Cincinnati, and Hawaii have been fortunate programs over the last several years. Two of those teams are AQ schools, and three got the benefit of the doubt because of their records. Not saying some of these teams haven't rightfully deserved BCS spots, just stating that their level of competition has been an easy bailout in the past.
Here are seven dark horse programs that could crash the BCS party yet again in 2012-13.