Alabama vs. Notre Dame played in the 15th championship game of the BCS era on Jan. 7, 2013. Alabama emerged victorious with its third title in four years and the SEC's seventh in a row.
From the inaugural game that saw the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida State Seminoles to the Alabama vs. Notre Dame battle of heavyweights, there have been varying degrees of quality in our nation's champion.
While some teams made it to the title game with offensive firepower, others were content to keep teams out of the end zone in order to walk away victorious. From the 1998 to 2012 seasons, here are the BCS champions ranked from weakest to strongest.
* Scoring offense, scoring defense, margin of victory in the title game, win-loss record and the Sagarin rating were all used in the analysis. The teams were ranked one through 15 in each category, except the Sagarin rating.
Fifteen points were awarded to the first-place finisher in each category and stepped down to one point awarded to the team in 15th place. That point total was then multiplied by the Sagarin rating to obtain the total point value for each team.