For years, they have been criticized mercilessly. They have been dissected from every angle imaginable, and they have been the subject of the scorn of college football fans across the country.
They're what the fans love to hate.
They are the BCS standings, and they're officially back for 2012.
As they have done in seasons past, the standings are already creating controversy and debate among fans and analysts.
Not surprisingly, the Alabama Crimson Tide find themselves atop this year's first set of rankings. The position of every other ranked team, however, is being questioned as we speak.
Some teams benefited from the various BCS polls, while others were given an unfavorable ranking.
Here are five winners and losers from this season's first BCS standings.