In final year of the BCS, one constant remains: controversy

Alabama is No. 1 in the first BCS standings, but Oregon, despite being ranked No. 2 in most polls, is third, behind Florida State.

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The Bowl Championship Series has been ripped, ridiculed ravaged and pilloried — and that's by the people who like it.

The people who don't have treated it like a demon child.

No one has ever called the BCS boring.

The 16th and last season of the pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey began Sunday with Alabama on top and a lot of commotion down below.

Alabama surprised only a few sequestered monks as the first BCS leader with an average of .9841.

After hearing for weeks their team might be the real No.1, Oregon fans must have freaked out when Florida State was No. 2 by a slight .9348 to .9320 margin.

Oregon is No. 2 in both polls used in the BCS formula but is No. 4 in the computers while Florida State is No. 1 in that index.

Oregon, however, has the toughest part of its schedule remaining as its final five Pac-12 opponents have a combined record of 25-8.

If Oregon is undefeated and wins the Pac-12, considered either the first- or second-best league this year, how could it be denied?

Ohio State is No. 4, followed by, um, something called Missouri.

Stanford used its win over UCLA and half the top 10 being wiped out to jump all the way to No. 6 in the BCS, followed by Miami, Baylor, Clemson and Texas Tech.

UCLA debuted at No. 12.

If we're lucky, the last BCS season will end up one final train wreck. A sport with this kind of postseason system gets what it deserves.

Alabama is trying to become the first team to win three consecutive national titles since Minnesota in the early 1930s.

USC came close in 2005, falling a couple of inches short of defeating Texas in the BCS title game at the Rose Bowl.

The BCS was implemented in 1998 as a way to pair No. 1 vs. No. 2 in a sport that was long paralyzed by intricate bowl contracts that sometimes prevented the top teams from playing.

The BCS became possible when the Rose Bowl agreed to join and it has somehow lasted 16 years using a combination of polls and computers to pick the top two teams.

Next year, a 13-person selection committee will replace the BCS and choose the top four teams for a playoff.

Meaning: Next year at this time, you'll be mad at Condoleezza Rice instead of some faceless computer nerd.

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