Every team that has ever reached the BCS National Championship Game has placed in the Top Five in the fourth BCS poll, as Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com points out.
The Week 12 BCS poll was released on Sunday night, and by that token, only Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Stanford and Baylor should be taken seriously as national title contenders. Right?
Well, kind of. It's hard to argue against history, but wouldn't it befit the BCS era to end in historically weird fashion? Wouldn't it seem poetic for such an arcane system to leave on a crazy note?
Should anyone expect anything less?
Here's a look at the current BCS Top 10—not just the Top Five—in terms of who should be bought and who should be sold as national title contenders.