Thursday, June 28, 2012
Best, worst moments of BCS
By Andrea Adelson
The BCS will still exist for the next two seasons, but the formal announcement of a four-team playoff means it is almost time to say goodbye to the old way of doing business.
So what are some of the best and worst moments in BCS history for the Big East? Let's take a trip down memory lane.
2002 BCS National Championship Game: No. 1 Miami 37, No. 2 Nebraska 14. Nothing tops Miami winning the national championship in 2001. Hard to believe that was 11 years ago that the Hurricanes were in the Big East and dominating in a major way. That 2001 team is one of the best that ever has played college football, featuring a huge share of NFL players and one of the most unflappable (and underrated) quarterbacks in Ken Dorsey. I covered that team, and I will never forget the way it absolutely dominated Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.
2008 Fiesta Bowl: No. 9 West Virginia 48, No. 4 Oklahoma 28. West Virginia came into the game reeling. The Mountaineers lost their shot at playing for a national title after getting upset by Pitt 13-9 in the Backyard Brawl. Then coach Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan. Nobody gave them much of a shot. But instead, Pat White absolutely dominated in one of the best performances of his career, running for 150 yards and throwing for 176 in the victory, led by interim coach Bill Stewart. West Virginia was able to overcome the loss of Steve Slaton in the game, and the big win led to Stewart being elevated to head coach.
2011 Fiesta Bowl: No. 7 Oklahoma 48, UConn 20. There is no question this was the biggest mismatch of the BCS era. Oklahoma went into the game with an 11-2 mark; UConn went in at 8-4. The matchup, consequently, began a debate about whether the Big East should really have automatic entry into the BCS. None of the blame should have been directed at the Huskies, who pulled off several close finishes to make it to their first BCS game. But the truth is they were not in the same ballpark as the Sooners, who had a 34-10 lead early in the third quarter. UConn never scored an offensive touchdown.
2010 Sugar Bowl: No. 5 Florida 51, No. 3 Cincinnati 24. The Bearcats went undefeated in the regular season but were not able to play for a national championship. After the regular season ended, coach Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame, and his departure may have contributed to the way they played against the Gators -- inspired in Tim Tebow's final game. Florida jumped out to a 30-3 halftime lead, and Cincinnati only had 246 yards of total offense.