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.
|Final BCS Standings|
|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:
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:
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:
And for the Cardinal, just the opposite, via SportsCenter's Twitter feed and Stanford beat writer Kyle Bonagura:
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:
Ohio State, which landed in the Orange Bowl, is on the other side of the spectrum:
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:
Finally, we leave you with these concluding thoughts on the BCS, courtesy of the Pac-12's Bryan Fischer:
Goodbye (hopefully) forever, BCS.