Welcome to the 13th season of the Bowl Championship Series, commonly known as the BCS.
The BCS system is designed to match the top two teams in the country, while allowing conference champions to continue a relationship with specific bowls.
From 1998 through 2005, the top two teams were pitted against each other in a rotation of sites among the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta Bowls.
Previously referred to as the "major bowls of college football," they are now known as the "BCS Bowls."
Beginning in the 2006 season, an additional bowl was created to be known as the BCS Championship Game.
The championship game has no permanent home. It is played in the stadium of one of the other four BCS Bowls on a yearly rotation.
This season the location for the game is in Arizona, on the field of the Fiesta Bowl.
What qualifies a team for such gala events, these celebrations of all perceived as right and good among the clever and the swift?
The following order of events is presented as the most likely scenario for the 2010 season BCS Bowl selection process and why those teams will be chosen.