Best defense in the nation? Check.
One of the most explosive offenses in the nation? Check.
Three top 10 NFL draft picks in Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, and Taylor Mays? Check, check, and check.
A system that doesn't forgive one bad half against a team that went on a roll and almost won out in the Pac-10? Check...unfortunately.
And there we have it. USC is left out of the National Championship again. Most experts would say that USC could, and probably would, beat either Florida or Oklahoma in the game. SC's defense is just too good, they'd say.
But in a system in which teams are rewarded for playing the likes of the Citadel and Hawaii, and Chattanooga, Cincinnati, and Washington, I guess it doesn't really matter.
Add that to a self-fulfilling prophecy that says every preseason that the SEC and Big 12 are the best conferences, and that's all that's really needed to take one of those conferences' better teams into the big game.
To be honest, nothing is better than the BCS. If USC must play the Big Ten champion every year in the Rose Bowl, so be it. At least after all the bowl games are played, coaches and the media could be a bit more free to choose who are the best teams in the nation.