If Georgia wins, they will earn their first BCS Title berth, as well. Alabama, the reigning NCAA champion, is looking to make its third BCS Championship appearance.
The BCS (Bowl Championship Series), the current system that determines all Bowl opponents and the final two title contenders, began with the 1998 season.
There have been 14 BCS Championship Games. Fourteen different schools have participated, with the Oklahoma Sooners appearing the most: four times.
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|SCHOOL||BCS CHAMP. APP.||REC.||YEAR||RESULT||OPPONENT|
|2.||Florida State||3||1-2||1999||W||Virginia Tech|
|2.||Ohio State||3||1-2||2002||W||Miami (FL)|
|10.||Virginia Tech||1||0-1||1999||L||Florida State|
* Year noted is the year of the season. Since the BCS Championship Game is in January, at the end of the college football season, add a year to get the year of the actual game.
When the NCAA applies the smackdown, they turn to the record books. Student-athlete, coach, school and organizational violations result in wins being stripped from the annals, whether by forfeit, or the case here, “vacation” (not the good kind).
There is a difference between vacated games and forfeited games, in terms of the record books. Per uasports.net,
“To record vacancies for NCAA tournament games, the wins and losses of the penalized team are dropped from its overall record and treated as if no games had been played. To record vacancies for regular season contests, the wins but not the losses of the penalized team are dropped from its overall record.” Opposing teams records are not affected. “To record a forfeit, the wins of the penalized team must be changed to losses, and the losses of its opponent must be changed to wins”
Five schools have suffered vacated wins at the hands of the NCAA. Click on the notes in the “Why” column below for more information on each case.
Why does the NCAA choose to vacate wins or force forfeitures? Well, it depends on the violation. More on that tomorrow when we look at NCAA football’s forfeited games by school.Follow @VinGetz
|YEAR||SCHOOL||CONF.||ORIG. REC||ADJ. REC||VACATED WINS||WHY|
|2005||Alabama||SEC||10-2||0-2||Vacated all ten wins.||“Improperly obtaining free textbooks for other students”|
|2006||Alabama||SEC||6-7||0-7||Vacated all six wins.||“Improperly obtaining free textbooks for other students”|
|2007||Alabama||SEC||7-6||2-6||Vacated first five wins.||“Improperly obtaining free textbooks for other students”|
|2006||Florida State||ACC||7-6||2-6||Vacated five wins.||“Student-athletes received improper help on the on-line exams for an on-line course”|
|2007||Florida State||ACC||7-6||0-6||Vacated all seven wins.||“Student-athletes received improper help on the on-line exams for an on-line course”|
|2010||Ohio State||Big Ten||12-1||0-0||Vacated all 13 games.||“Football players traded autographs and memorabilia for cash and tattoos, and coach covered it up”|
|1998||Penn State||Big Ten||9-3||0-3||Vacated all nine wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|1999||Penn State||Big Ten||10-3||0-3||Vacated all 10 wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2000||Penn State||Big Ten||5-7||0-7||Vacated all five wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2001||Penn State||Big Ten||5-6||0-6||Vacated all five wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2002||Penn State||Big Ten||9-4||0-4||Vacated all nine wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2003||Penn State||Big Ten||3-9||0-9||Vacated all three wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2004||Penn State||Big Ten||4-7||0-7||Vacated all four wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2005||Penn State||Big Ten||11-1||0-1||Vacated all 11 wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2006||Penn State||Big Ten||9-4||0-4||Vacated all nine wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2007||Penn State||Big Ten||9-4||0-4||Vacated all nine wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2008||Penn State||Big Ten||11-2||0-2||Vacated all 11 wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2009||Penn State||Big Ten||11-2||0-2||Vacated all 11 wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2010||Penn State||Big Ten||7-6||0-6||Vacated all seven wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2011||Penn State||Big Ten||9-4||0-4||Vacated all nine wins.||Sandusky Scandal|
|2004||USC||Pac-10||13-0||11-0||Vacated two wins.||“Numerous improper benefits for [Reggie] Bush”|
|2005||USC||Pac-10||12-1||0-1||Vacated all 12 wins.||“Numerous improper benefits for [Reggie] Bush”|
Thanks to sports-reference.com.
Football is in the air, especially if you’re a fan of the New York Mets (ahem) or another baseball team on the outside of the playoff picture. The Olympics are done, the NBA free agent frenzy has died down, the majors are over (well, we still have the U.S. Open) and the NHL‘s in a tenuous labor dispute.
The NCAA football season starts Thursday, August 30th and the NFL less than a week later on Wednesday, September 5th.
Today, Sports List of the Day ranks the preseason top 25 college football teams according to the latest USA Today poll*, and it’s LSU, despite not getting the most first place votes, that is the No. 1 school in the land. Alabama, last year’s final No. 1 and BCS champion, had the most first place votes but finished just four preseason points behind LSU.
And how do they come up with those points anyway? Here’s and explanation from the man himself, Jeff Sagarin. Not for the mathematically faint of mind.
For more on the upcoming college football season, and the best in preview and commentary, check out Bleacher Report’s College Football Hub.
Tomorrow, we’ll check out the NFL’s preseason favorites.
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|RANK||SCHOOL (1st Place Votes)||POINTS||FINAL 2011 RANK|
|24.||Notre Dame||166||No Votes|
* AP Poll not available yet.