Texas Longhorns and Other Teams That Went from BCS Bowl To Bust
Last night, the Texas Longhorns became the first team in the history of the BCS system to make the previous year’s National Championship Game but fail to make a bowl game the next season. Texas will rebound, they are Texas after all, but their losing season was a dip of historic precedent.
Although no other team that made the National Championship Game failed to become bowl eligible the following season like Texas, there have been plenty of teams that have made a BCS Bowl Game and have failed to become bowl eligible the following year. Check out the slides to find out which schools have had tough years after a BCS Bowl appearances.
1999: Ohio State Buckeyes (6-6)
In 1998, Ohio State beat Texas A&M 24-14 in the Sugar Bowl. The following season Ohio State finished the year 6-6, fueled in part by a three-game losing streak at the end of the season.
1999: UCLA Bruins (4-7)
Following a Rose Bowl loss to Wisconsin in 1998, UCLA went 4-7 in 1999. The Bruins had a hard time replacing QB Cade McNown.
2000: Alabama Crimson Tide (3-8)
After a close overtime loss to Michigan in an epic Orange Bowl, expectations were high for Alabama coming into the 2000 season. Alabama opened the year No. 3 in the AP poll, but in the end, Alabama finished the season 3-8.
2000: Stanford Cardinal (5-6)
Stanford followed their first Rose Bowl appearance in nearly 30 years with a 5-6 season in 2000.
2001: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-6)
Many felt that Notre Dame didn't deserve to be in a BCS Bowl in 2000. They were probably right. Oregon State trashed Notre Dame 41-9 in the Fiesta Bowl. The following season Notre Dame finished with a 5-6 record and started the season 0-3 for the first time in school history.
2001: Oregon State Beavers (5-6)
In 2001, Sports Illustrated listed Oregon State as their No. 1 team to begin the season. Oregon State was coming off a 11-1 season, which included a Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame. Sports Illustrated didn't even get a few weeks before their pick blew up in their face. In their first game of the 2001 season, Oregon State was upset by Fresno State 24-44. It was one of six losses Oregon State would endure that season, finishing with a 5-6 record.
2002: Illinois Fighting Illini (5-7)
A year after making it to the Sugar Bowl, Illinois finished the 2002 season with a disappointing 5-7 record.
2004: Kansas State Wildcats (4-7)
Kansas State became a surprise BCS Bowl team in 2003, when they beat favored Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game. The following season they were just 4-7 and missed becoming bowl eligible for the first time in 12 years.
2005: Pittsburgh Panthers (5-6)
Pittsburgh followed their school's only BCS Bowl appearance in 2004 with a 5-6 record in 2005.
2007: Louisville Cardinals (6-6)
Heading into the 2007 season, expectations were high for Louisville. However, when head coach Bobby Petrino left for the Atlanta Falcons, Louisville went from 12-1 to 6-6.
2007: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-7)
After making it to a BCS Bowl game the previous two seasons, Notre Dame finished the 2007 season 3-9. Notre Dame started the season 0-5 for the first time in school history and lost to Navy for the first time in 44 years.
2008: Illinois Fighting Illini (5-7)
In 2007, Illinois made it to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 24 seasons. The following season Illinois finished 5-7.
2010: Cincinnati Bearcats ? (4-6)
Cincinnati has to win their next two games to become bowl eligible, after making it to BCS Bowl games the past two seasons. Cincinnati closes out the season with Connecticut and Pittsburgh.