The Bowl Championship Series system has been in place since 1998 with the intent to determine the best two college football teams in the nation and have them square off for the title at the end of the season.
It has been moderately successful in doing so as it has provided exciting games and unforgettable matchups.
Nothing is perfect, though, as the criticism surrounding its flawed ranking system and inability to acknowledge up to three undefeated teams prompted the discussion of a playoff in college football practically since the BCS' inception.
After years of talk, the current system will finally come to an end when the 2014 season kicks off. A new era of college football will be ushered in; one with a four-team playoff.
Exactly how the four teams are chosen is still undecided. Most likely, the new “BCS Playoff” or whatever the powers-that-be decide to call it will resemble the current system that weighs a team’s record, strength of schedule and factor in coaches votes when determining their rank.
Before we look forward to a playoff and the expected controversy from teams that finish outside of the top four, let’s take a look back and remember the 10 best* BCS bowl games that the current system has provided.
*I realize this list is highly debatable depending on someone’s rooting interest but I tried to form an unbiased opinion of the “best” games as those that 1) were highly competitive, 2) had national championship implications, 3) came down to the last play of the game, and 4) offered fans something extra that has rarely, if ever, been seen before.
I know not everyone will agree, but hopefully these choices will spark a friendly debate at the very least.