Big Ten Football: 10 Best Moments of the BCS Era

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Big Ten Football: 10 Best Moments of the BCS Era
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The Man Who Defines Big Ten in the BCS Era

The Bowl Championship Series will enter its 16th and final season in 2013, defining an important era from the wild west days before 1998 and the playoff era of 2014 and beyond. While the BCS was lambasted for many good reasons, the system did provide a ton of great moments and endless debate on the most deserving teams every season.

The Big Ten enjoyed many of these great moments in the past 15 years. Although the conference has not kept up with the dominant SEC in the last half of this era (nobody has), there have been plenty of high points to keep fans coming back to the Midwest and the heart of college football.

The incoming college football playoffs will not entirely remove the debates over deserving teams, but the great moments may be harder to find when the regular season and bowls are diminished compared to the four teams in the playoffs. It will certainly be a brave new world of super-conferences and selection committees, if nothing else.

Before we finish carving out the gravestone for the BCS, let's take a look at the highlights and some of the lowlights of the past 15 years for the Big Ten.

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