Since 2013 marks the final season of the BCS format as we know it, why not look back over the last 15 years and see which coaches grappled the best with the scheme that cranked up back in 1998?
Though our ongoing relationship with the BCS arrangement ultimately makes it difficult to completely gauge how it has impacted college football, it’s pretty safe to say that the influence is enormous.
To illustrate, think back to what it took to win a national championship prior to 1998 and then consider what programs have to do now that the BCS is the sheriff in our college football town.
Furthermore, the way we measure successful seasons has also changed due to the BCS. We now live in a world where there are merely 10 teams out of a field of 125 that garner a BCS bowl bid and reach the pinnacle of a “successful” campaign.
The following slideshow looks back over the 15 years of the BCS scheme and power ranks the coaches who have been the most accomplished in the era that has undoubtedly changed the face of college football.
The rankings themselves are based on a very objective set of criteria since 1998 including: conference crowns, national titles, winning percentage, BCS bowl bids and then success ratio in the BCS-driven “postseason.”
It’s key to remember that what a coach did before the BCS era has no bearing on these rankings, regardless of how good or bad that performance was.