College Football Teams Happy to See the BCS Era End
The 2014 BCS National Championship Game between the Florida State Seminoles and Auburn Tigers will mark the final chapter of the BCS era.
Since 1998, the BCS has provided college football with drama, controversy and at times, complete and utter chaos. But throughout that span there have been several teams that just never quite seemed to get it right in the BCS bowls.
These teams are most likely happier than most that the BCS will be no more following the conclusion of Monday night’s game.
Join B/R as we take a closer look at five of these teams.
BCS Bowl Record: 6-4
The BCS started out great for the Buckeyes. In fact, the team won each of its first four appearances from 1998-2006, including the 2002 BCS title.
However, since then it’s been mostly disappointment for Ohio State.
It all started with back-to-back losses in the BCS Championship Game in 2007 and 2008. The team then added losses in 2009’s Fiesta Bowl and 2014’s Orange Bowl.
Not to mention, the Buckeyes 2011 Sugar Bowl victory has been vacated.
All in all, thanks to the team’s less than sub-par showings in BCS bowl games, Ohio State has gained the reputation of being chokers. It was a large reason people plead to allow a one-loss Auburn team to jump the then-undefeated Buckeyes for No. 2 in the BCS Standings.
Don’t expect Ohio State to shed any tears when the BCS is gone.
BCS Bowl Record: 4-5
Only Ohio State has made more BCS appearances than the Sooners. Unfortunately, more often than not, a trip to a BCS bowl has resulted in utter disappointment.
That includes three straight losses in BCS title games in 2004, 2005 and 2009.
Furthermore, Oklahoma has made a habit of being embarrassed in these games. Aside from a blowout loss to USC, the team also suffered defeat at the hands of Boise State in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
An improbable upset of Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl offers the Sooners some form of retribution, but it doesn’t erase the years of pain the team has felt due to the BCS.
Don’t count Oklahoma as one of the teams moping about the BCS departure.
BCS Bowl Record: 2-5
On Monday night, the Seminoles will be making their eighth appearance in a BCS bowl—the third most in BCS history.
However, thus far, the BCS has been anything but kind to Florida State.
Through the BCS’ first nine seasons, the Seminoles made six appearances, losing five times. Two of those losses—1999 against Tennessee and 2001 against Oklahoma—came in the BCS National Championship Game.
Fortunately, that one win came against Virginia Tech in the 2000 title clash.
Since then, the team has added a victory against Northern Illinois in last year’s 2013 Orange Bowl. But who really would brag about defeating a MAC team?
Of course, given the results of tonight’s matchup, Florida State’s happiness in terms of the BCS’ departure could become greater or lessen substantially.
BCS Bowl Record: 1-5
The Hokies are tied for the most losses in BCS games with both Oklahoma and Florida State. However, Virginia Tech holds the honor for worst record in BCS games among teams that have made at least five appearances.
Three of those five losses were heartbreakers, as the team only lost by just three points in all three. The other two are more forgettable, as the Hokies lost by 17 points or more in both.
One of those games was the 2000 BCS title game—a 46-29 loss to Florida State.
Although Virginia Tech did walk away victorious from the 2009 Orange Bowl—a 20-7 win against Cincinnati—don’t expect head coach Frank Beamer to miss the BCS too much.
Especially when the Hokies have a 6-4 record in non-BCS bowl games since 1998.
BCS Bowl Record: 0-4
Out of the 18 teams that have appeared in three or more BCS bowls, only the Irish have failed to record a victory.
As an FBS independent, Notre Dame had a hard time making a case for a BCS bowl as it is. But given the team’s 0-4 record in the games, not too many BCS sponsors would be too pleased about hosting the Irish in their respective bowl games had the BCS continued.
In all four games, Notre Dame was spanked by its opposition. Three of the four teams won by 20 or more points while topping 40 points.
That includes a loss to Alabama, 42-14, in the 2013 BCS Championship Game.
All in all, the sooner the BCS is gone the better for the Irish.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBstats.com.
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