On Jan. 7, the 2009 college football season will come to a close and the 12th BCS champion will be crowned.
For the eighth time, the champion will be undefeated, and for the eighth time the champion will come from either the Big 12 or the SEC.
In the spirit of "Best of month", where the TV shows and everything else rank just about everything that went on in the year/decade, I decided to rank the best teams of the BCS Era.
I used a number of statistics and criteria to rank the teams, but one qualification was necessary; the team had to have won a national championship, BCS or otherwise.
That left me with 12 qualified teams: 1998 Tennessee, 1999 FSU, 2000 Oklahoma, 2001 Miami, 2002 Ohio State, 2003 USC, 2003 LSU, 2004 USC, 2005 Texas, 2006 Florida, 2007 LSU, and 2008 Florida.
Apologies to 2008 Texas, 2004 Auburn, and 2000 Miami, but nobody saw fit to crown you co–champions, so I'm not going to give you credit here.
I ranked the 12 in order from worst to first. Season record, strength of schedule, who was playing quarterback, and all sorts of other measurements were used to try to nail down the rankings.
So, without further ado, the 12 best teams of the BCS era* **
*As long as they were champions
**As long as you agree with me