Thankfully, for college football fans, the BCS era has come to an end with the completion of the 2013 season.
Now we can take a look back at the past 15 years and some of the BCS's greatest moments.
For the Pac-12, formerly the Pac-10 until 2011, when Utah and Colorado joined the conference, there were plenty of memorable developments, most notably, USC's dominance in the mid-2000s.
In recent years, Stanford and Oregon have become the top teams in the Pac-12. These two programs are built differently, though. Oregon is an offensive juggernaut, while Stanford is a bit of a throwback. The Cardinal are a run-first team on offense, complemented by an outstanding defense.
Speaking of defense, with the end of the BCS, now is a good time to look back at some of the most dominant defensive players of the last 15 years in the Pac-10 and Pac-12.
Keep in mind, this list is based off what players did while they were in college. So NFL standouts such as Clay Matthews or Richard Sherman will not be on this list.