Pac-12 Football: Best and Worst Moments of the BCS Era

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Pac-12 Football: Best and Worst Moments of the BCS Era
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Stanford QB Andrew Luck

With the BCS era officially coming to an end, it's time to reflect on the many highs and lows experienced by the Pac-10/12 over the past 15 years.

From USC's dynasty to the rise of Oregon under Chip Kelly, no other conference has seen such a mix of styles, players and formulas in the time of the BCS. You saw quarterbacks such as Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck; running backs Marshawn Lynch, Reggie Bush, Maurice Jones-Drew and LaMichael James; and a host of other top offensive players as part of a list much too long to include here.

Defense may have taken a backseat in recent years, but let's not forget the elite linebacking corps the Trojans boasted in the 2000s or the dominant defensive lines of the Stanford Cardinal in recent years. Again, listing all the key contributors would be a lengthy exercise, but rest assured that there was no shortage of talent on defense in this league.

So how can you take the entire BCS era and whittle it down into the very best and worst moments for the conference? Well, we'll start by focusing on moments that brought a spotlight on the West Coast, which means BCS games are at an advantage to begin with. The opposite is true as well, as any game, player or controversy bringing shame to the conference goes to the top of the list of worst moments.

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the best and worst moments from the Pac-10/12 during the BCS era, and feel free to share some of your own favorite memories in the comments!

 

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