It's time to rejoice: The last BCS standings in the history of BCS standings has been released.
The highly maligned computer system has angered many a fanbase throughout its existence, and while it's sure to anger a few more here with its last hurrah, we can at least revel in the fact that the controversial system is retired.
That being said, let's take a look at the final rankings, what it means for everyone's bowl hopes and how Twitter reacted.
|1||Florida State (13-0)||.9957||1|
|4||Michigan State (12-1)||.8600||10|
|7||Ohio State (12-1)||.7705||2|
|9||South Carolina (10-2)||.7152||8|
|13||Oklahoma State (10-2)||.5233||6|
|14||Arizona State (10-3)||.4416||11|
|15||Central Florida (11-1)||.4343||16|
|20||Fresno State (11-1)||.1675||23|
|21||Texas A&M (8-4)||.1663||24|
|23||Northern Illinois (12-1)||.1572||14|
Might as well start with No. 1. After destroying Duke in the ACC championship, Florida State is at the top of the rankings for the second week in a row, meaning it has officially—not that it was ever in doubt—booked its trip to Pasadena.
ESPN Stats & Info gives a little lesson in Seminole history:
Florida State: 1st BCS Championship Game appearance since 2000 and 4th overall (1-2 W-L)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 9, 2013
Joining the 'Noles in the national championship will be Auburn, which capped off a magical regular season with a thrilling win over Missouri on Saturday.
FSU's official football Twitter feed gives a comprehensive rundown of the numbers previewing what should be a scintillating matchup:
Other numbers to consider: Eight and five. Auburn's jump to No. 2 means that this will be the eighth year in a row in which the national championship has featured at least one SEC team and fifth year in a row in which that SEC team has been from the state of Alabama.
As ESPN's Paul Finebaum sarcastically pointed out, the rest of the league cleaned up in the top 10:
Another down year for the SEC: 4 of the top 9: AU (2), Alabama (3), Mizzou (8), South Carolina (9).— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) December 9, 2013
Of course, there are some pretty good teams around the country, as well. The only other top-five matchup, which interestingly enough will also take place in the Rose Bowl, features Stanford and Michigan State.
For the Spartans, who skyrocketed to No. 4 with their win over Ohio State, this has been a long time coming, as ESPN Stats & Info pointed out:
Michigan State: 1st Rose Bowl appearance since 1987 season (1st BCS appearance overall)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 9, 2013
And for the Cardinal, just the opposite, via SportsCenter's Twitter feed and Stanford beat writer Kyle Bonagura:
Stanford is going to back-to-back Rose Bowls for 1st time since 1970-71; 4th straight BCS bowl berth.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 9, 2013
With Oregon/Wisconsin not in BCS bowls, Stanford now has the nation's longest active streak of BCS bowl appearances (4).— Kyle Bonagura (@KyleBonagura) December 8, 2013
Of course, not all BCS bowls may be as glamorous as the Granddaddy of Them All. As SportsCenter noted, the Fiesta Bowl will feature a couple of first-timers:
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: 15 Central Florida vs. 6 Baylor 1st BCS Bowl berth for both schools— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 9, 2013
Ohio State, which landed in the Orange Bowl, is on the other side of the spectrum:
Discover Orange Bowl: 12 Clemson vs. 7 Ohio State OSU: 10th BCS bowl appearance (most all-time)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 9, 2013
The Buckeyes may feel disappointed to be there after starting the season 12-0 coming so close to the national championship, and some may believe there's a letdown coming against Clemson.
But that won't likely happen if Urban Meyer has anything to say about it, or if history is any indication, via ElevenWarriors.com's Twitter feed:
Urban Meyer's teams are 7-1 all-time in bowl games, including 4-0 in BCS bowl games. Ohio State will be the home team in the Orange Bowl.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) December 9, 2013
Finally, we leave you with these concluding thoughts on the BCS, courtesy of the Pac-12's Bryan Fischer:
RIP and good riddance, final BCS standings: http://t.co/3VbTCfN4om— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 9, 2013
Goodbye (hopefully) forever, BCS.