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BCS, Alliance and Coalition games,
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1992 1995 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010
1993 1996 1999 2002 2005 2008 2011
1994 1997 2000 2003 2006 2009 2012


1992 Regular Season

In its first year, the Bowl Coalition was a rousing success. The Coalition was formed to increase the likelihood of matching the top two teams in the nation while creating other exciting bowl pairings that would appeal to fans and would be based on the full season's results. When No. 1 Miami met No. 2 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, it was the first pairing of the top two teams in a bowl game since Oklahoma and Miami played for the national title in the Orange Bowl after the 1987 season. The Crimson Tide beat the Hurricanes and won the national championship in both the coaches and the writers polls.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-1)*
Big East: Miami (11-0)
Big Eight: Nebraska (9-2)
Southeastern: Alabama (12-0)
Southwest: Texas A&M (12-0)

Other Participants
Notre Dame (9-1-1)
Syracuse (9-2)
Colorado (9-1-1)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (3) Florida State 27, (11) Nebraska 14
Fiesta Bowl: (6) Syracuse 26, (10) Colorado 22
Cotton: (5) Notre Dame 28, (4) Texas A&M 3
Sugar Bowl: (2) Alabama 34, (1) Miami 13


1993 Regular Season

The Coalition again produced a consensus national champion when top-ranked Florida State defeated second-ranked Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. It was Florida State's first national title.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-1)
Big East: West Virginia (11-0)
Big Eight: Nebraska (11-0)
Southeastern: Florida (10-2)
Southwest: Texas A&M (10-1)

Other Participants
Notre Dame (10-1)
Miami (9-2)
Arizona (9-2)
Alabama (8-3-1)
North Carolina (10-2)
Oklahoma (8-3)
Texas Tech (6-5)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (1) Florida State 18, (2) Nebraska 16
Fiesta Bowl: (16) Arizona 29, (10) Miami 0
Cotton: (4) Notre Dame 24, (6) Texas A&M 21
Sugar Bowl: (8) Florida 41, (3) West Virginia 7
Gator: (18) Alabama 24, (12) North Carolina 10
Hancock: (19) Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 10


1994 Regular Season

Two teams-Nebraska and Penn State-finished the season undefeated, but the Huskers were awarded the national championship after beating No. 3 Miami in the Orange Bowl.Penn State, which beat No. 12 Oregon, 38-20, in the Rose Bowl, finished second in both polls. This was the final year of the Bowl Coalition.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (9-1-1)
Big East: Miami (10-1)
Big Eight: Nebraska (12-0)
Southeastern: Florida (10-1-1)
Southwest: Texas Tech (6-5)

Other Participants
Notre Dame (6-4-1)
Colorado (10-1)
Southern California (7-3-1)
Tennessee (7-4)
Virginia Tech (8-3)
Texas (7-4)
North Carolina (8-3)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (1) Nebraska 24, (3) Miami 17
Fiesta Bowl: (5) Colorado 41, Notre Dame 24
Cotton: (21) Southern California 55, Texas Tech 14
Sugar Bowl: (7) Florida State 23, (5) Florida 17
Gator: (24) Tennessee 45, (15) Virginia Tech 23
Hancock: Texas 35, (14) North Carolina 31


1995 Regular Season

The Bowl Coalition was replaced by the Bowl Alliance, which involved three bowls-the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar-and a new look. The champions of the ACC, Big East, SEC and newly formed Big 12 committed their champions to play in one of the Alliance bowls. Notre Dame also agreed to participate if selected. In the first year of the arrangement, the Big Eight and Southwest Conference champions played in one of the Alliance games. A rotation was established giving each Alliance bowl a chance to make the first two selections from among available teams. This increased the likelihood of matching the top two teams in a national championship game. (Only if one or both of the top-ranked teams were members of the Big Ten or Pac-10, and thereby committed to play in the Rose Bowl, would there be no matchup between the top two teams.) In its first year, the Alliance, No. 1 Nebraska scored a dominating victory over No. 2 Florida in the Sugar Bowl to win the national championship.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (9-2)
Big East: Virginia Tech (9-2)
Big Eight: Nebraska (11-0)
Southeastern: Florida (12-0)
Southwest: Texas (10-1-1)

Other Participant
Notre Dame (9-2)

The Matchups
Fiesta Bowl: (1) Nebraska 62, (2) Florida 24
Orange Bowl: (9) Florida State 31, (8) Notre Dame 26
Sugar Bowl: (13) Virginia Tech 28, (9) Texas 10


1996 Regular Season

The Alliance again produced a consensus national champion when third-ranked Florida beat top-ranked Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. The Gators benefitted from No. 4 Ohio State's upset of No. 2 and previously unbeaten Arizona State in the Rose Bowl.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-0)
Big East: Virginia Tech (10-1)
Big 12: Texas (8-4)
Southeastern: Florida (11-1)

Other Participants
Nebraska (10-2)
Penn State (10-2)

The Matchups
Sugar Bowl: (3) Florida 52, (1) Florida State 20
Fiesta Bowl: (7) Penn State 38, (20) Texas 15
Orange Bowl: (6) Nebraska 41, (10) Virginia Tech 21


1997 Regular Season

For the only time during the six-year era of the Bowl Coalition and Bowl Alliance, the season ended with a split national championship. Top-ranked Michigan capped an undefeated season and the No. 1 spot in the writers poll with a 21-16 Rose Bowl victory over Washington State. But Michigan slipped to second in the coaches' poll when then-No. 2 Nebraska sent Tom Osborne into retirement with a 42-17 triumph over No. 3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. The result affirmed the weakness of the Coalition and Alliance: the absence of the Big Ten and Pac-10 champions.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (10-1)
Big East: Syracuse (9-3)
Big 12: Nebraska (12-0)
Southeastern: Tennessee (11-1)

Other Participants
Kansas State (10-1) Ohio State (10-2)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (2) Nebraska 42, (3) Tennessee 17
Sugar Bowl: (4) Florida State 31, (9) Ohio State 14
Fiesta Bowl: (8) Kansas State 35, (14) Syracuse 18


1998 Regular Season

In the first year of the Bowl Championship Series, Kansas State, Tennessee, and UCLA entered the final weekend of the regular season undefeated, but Kansas State lost to Texas A&M in the Big 12 championship game, and UCLA lost at Miami, creating a classic Tennessee-Florida State matchup for the national championship in the Fiesta Bowl. Tennessee emerged with the victory.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-1)
Big East: Syracuse (8-3)
Big Ten: Wisconsin (10-1)
Big 12: Texas A&M (11-2)
Pac-10: UCLA (10-1)
Southeastern: Tennessee (12-0)

Other Participants
Florida (9-2) 
Ohio State (10-1)

The Matchups
Fiesta Bowl: (1) Tennessee 23, (2) Florida State 16
Orange Bowl: (8) Florida 31, (15) Syracuse 10
Sugar Bowl: (4) Ohio State 24, (6) Texas A&M 14
Rose Bowl: (9) Wisconsin 38, (5) UCLA 31


1999 Regular Season

The BCS formula worked to perfection when two undefeated teams-No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Virginia Tech played in the Sugar Bowl. Florida State won its second title.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-0)
Big East: Virginia Tech (11-0)
Big Ten: Wisconsin (9-2)
Big 12: Nebraska (11-1)
Pac-10: Stanford (8-3)
Southeastern: Alabama (10-2)

Other Participants
Michigan (9-2)
Tennessee (9-2)

The Matchups
Sugar Bowl: (1) Florida State 46, (2) Virginia Tech 29
Fiesta Bowl: (3) Nebraska 31, (5) Tennessee 21
Orange Bowl: (8) Michigan 35, (4) Alabama 34
Rose Bowl: (7) Wisconsin 17, (22) Stanford 9


2000 Regular Season

Again, the BCS produced a consensus national champion. There was no doubt which team was No.1-Oklahoma, defeated Florida State in the Orange Bowl to finish 13-0. On bowl Selection Sunday, three once-beaten teams were vying for a spot against the Sooners in the national championship game, Florida State, Miami and Washington. Miami had beaten Florida State during the regular season, and Washington had beaten Miami. However, Florida State earned the spot by finishing second in the BCS Standings, on the strength of victories over three ranked opponents (including two in the top 10.)

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-1)
Big East: Miami (10-1)
Big Ten: Purdue (8-3)
Big 12: Oklahoma (12-0)
Pac-10: Washington (10-1)
Southeastern: Florida (10-2)

Other Participants
Notre Dame (9-2)
Oregon State (10-1)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (1) Oklahoma 13, (2) Florida State 2
Sugar Bowl: (3) Miami 37, (7) Florida 20
Rose Bowl: (4) Washington 34, (14) Purdue 24
Fiesta Bowl: (6) Oregon State 41, (11) Notre Dame 9


2001 Regular Season

Undefeated No. 1 Miami won the national championship by defeating Nebraska in the first Rose Bowl game in 55 years involving teams from outside the Big Ten and Pac-10. The Huskers, who spent much of the season as the No. 2 team in the nation, benefitted from a rash of upsets on the final weekend of the regular season and in conference championship games to earn their spot in the national title game. Nebraska suffered its only loss of the regular season in its finale against Colorado. After the spate of upsets, Nebraska edged once-beaten Pac-10 champion Oregon for the No. 2 spot in the final BCS Standings to advance to the Rose Bowl. The Hurricanes' Rose Bowl victory extended their winning streak to 23 games.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Maryland (10-1)
Big East: Miami (11-0)
Big Ten: Illinois (10-1)
Big 12: Colorado (10-2)
Pac-10: Oregon (10-1)
Southeastern: LSU (9-3)

Other Participants
Nebraska (11-1)
Florida (9-2)

The Matchups
Rose Bowl: (1) Miami 37, (2) Nebraska 14
Fiesta Bowl: (4) Oregon 38, (3) Colorado 16
Sugar Bowl: (13) LSU 47, (8) Illinois 34
Orange Bowl: (5) Florida 56, (10) Maryland 23


2002 Regular Season

The BCS formula created a national championship matchup for the ages when undefeated and No.1 Miami met undefeated and No. 2 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. In one of the greatest football games ever played, the Buckeyes won, 31-24, in double overtime, to the end the Hurricanes' remarkable 34-game winning streak.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (9-4)
Big East: Miami (12-0)
Big Ten: Ohio State (13-0)
Big 12: Oklahoma (11-2)
Pac-10: Washington State (10-2)
Southeastern: Georgia (12-1)

Other Participants
Iowa (11-1)
USC (10-2)

The Matchups
Fiesta Bowl: (2) Ohio State 31, (1) Miami 24, 2 OT
Sugar Bowl: (3) Georgia 26, (14) Florida State 13
Orange Bowl: (4) USC 38, (5) Iowa 17
Rose Bowl: (7) Oklahoma 34, (6) Washington State 14


2003 Regular Season

LSU won the national championship by beating Oklahoma in a pulsating defensive contest in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma, which spent the season as the top-ranked team in both polls, had earned a spot in the Sugar Bowl by finishing first in the final BCS Standings even though the Sooners were stunned by Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game. LSU, the SEC champion, edged USC for second place in the final BCS Standings to advance to the Sugar Bowl.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (10-2)
Big East: Miami (10-2)
Big Ten: Michigan (10-2)
Big 12: Kansas State (11-3)
Pac-10: USC (11-1)
Southeastern: LSU (12-1)

Other Participants
Oklahoma (12-1)
Ohio State (10-2)

The Matchups
Sugar Bowl: (2) LSU 21, (1) Oklahoma 14
Orange Bowl: (9) Miami 16, (7) Florida State 14
Rose Bowl: (3) USC 28, (4) Michigan 14
Fiesta Bowl: (5) Ohio State 35, (10) Kansas State 28


2004 Regular Season

Three teams won BCS bowl games to complete undefeated seasons. Top-ranked Southern California won the national championship with a smashing victory over No. 2 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Sugar Bowl champion Auburn finished second in the coaches' and writers' polls. Utah, the first Mountain West Conference member to play in a BCS bowl, capped its season with a victory over Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Virginia Tech (10-2)
Big East: Pittsburgh (8-3)
Big Ten: Michigan (9-2)
Big 12: Oklahoma (12-0)
Pac-10: Southern California (12-0)
Southeastern: Auburn (12-0)

Other Participants
Texas (10-1)
Utah (11-0)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (1) Southern California 55, (2) Oklahoma 19
Sugar Bowl: (3) Auburn 16, (8) Virginia Tech 13
Rose Bowl: (4) Texas 38, (13) Michigan 37
Fiesta Bowl: (6) Utah 35, (21) Pittsburgh 7


2005 Regular Season

In a matchup that was anticipated all season, No. 2 Texas won the national championship with a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over top-ranked Southern California in the Rose Bowl. Texas and USC were the only Division I-A teams to finish the regular season undefeated, and held the top two spots in the BCS Standings all year. Penn State and Florida State played the first triple overtime game in BCS history, with Penn State pulling out a 26-23 victory in the Orange Bowl. West Virginia made its first BCS appearance and defeated Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, which was played in Atlanta in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (8-4)
Big East: West Virginia (10-1)
Big Ten: Penn State (10-1)
Big 12: Texas (12-0)
Pac-10: Southern California (12-0)
Southeastern: Georgia (10-2)

Other Participants
Ohio State (9-2)
Notre Dame (9-2)

The Matchups
Rose Bowl: (2) Texas 41, (1) Southern California 38
Orange Bowl: (3) Penn State 26, (22) Florida State 23, 3 OT
Sugar Bowl: (11) West Virginia 38, (7) Georgia 35
Fiesta Bowl: (4) Ohio State 34, (6) Notre Dame 20


2006 Regular Season

Florida won the first stand-alone BCS National Championship Game in a stunning fashion, using a speedy defense and creative offense to overwhelm top-ranked and previously undefeated Ohio State. Glendale, Arizona, played host to two BCS games and Fiesta Bowl fans were treated to one of the most exciting college football games ever when Boise State used a "hook and lateral," a halfback pass and a Statue-of-Liberty play in the last few minutes of the game to defeat Oklahoma. Louisville and Wake Forest made their first BCS appearances and Muhammad Ali and Arnold Palmer participated in the Orange Bowl coin toss. The LSU Tigers helped the Sugar Bowl celebrate its return to New Orleans with an impressive victory over Notre Dame, and Southern California dominated Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Wake Forest (11-2)
Big East: Louisville (11-1)
Big Ten: Ohio State (12-0)
Big 12: Oklahoma (11-2)
Pac-10: Southern California (10-2)
Southeastern: Florida (12-1)

Other Participants
Boise State (12-0)
LSU (10-2)
Michigan (11-1)
Notre Dame (10-2)

The Matchups
National Championship Game: (2) Florida 41, (1) Ohio State 14
Rose Bowl: (5) Southern California 32, (3) Michigan 18
Fiesta Bowl: (8) Boise State 43, (10) Oklahoma 42, OT
Orange Bowl: (6) Louisville 24, (14) Wake Forest 13
Sugar Bowl: (4) LSU 41, (11) Notre Dame 14


2007 Regular Season

LSU roared from behind to win the BCS National Championship Game. The Tigers became the first two-loss team to claim a BCS title. Ohio State jumped to a 10-0 lead before many of the Superdome-record 79,651 fans had settled into their seats. But LSU's speed, power and Matt Flynn's four touchdown passes were too much. Similarly, Georgia dominated Hawaii by sacking quarterback Colt Brennan a BCS-record eight times. West Virginia became only the second team to average more than nine yards per play in surprising Oklahoma. Kansas and Virginia Tech staged a battle royale in chilly temperatures and a light drizzle in Miami and the Jayhawks' stout, disciplined defense prevailed. USC bolted ahead of Illinois and the Illini's Rashard Mendenhall's 79-yard third-quarter touchdown run was the longest in BCS history.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Virginia Tech (11-2)
Big East: West Virginia (10-2)
Big Ten: Ohio State (11-1)
Big 12: Oklahoma (11-2)
Pac-10: Southern California (10-2)
Southeastern: LSU (11-2)

Other Participants
Georgia (10-2)
Hawaii (12-0)
Illinois (9-3)
Kansas (11-1)

The Matchups
National Championship Game: (2) LSU 38, (1) Ohio State 24
Rose Bowl: (7) Southern California 49, (13) Illinois 17
Fiesta Bowl: (9) West Virginia 48, (4) Oklahoma 28
Orange Bowl: (8) Kansas 24, (3) Virginia Tech 21
Sugar Bowl: (5) Georgia 41, (10) Hawaii 10


2008 Regular Season

In an epic battle featuring two Heisman Trophy winners, No. 2 Florida squeezed past Oklahoma to win the BCS National Championship Game. Florida's Tim Tebow, who collected the 2007 Heisman, passed for 231 yards and ran for 109 more. He out-dueled 2008 Heisman honoree Sam Bradford. Gator Percy Harvin rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown in only nine carries. USC raced to a 31-7 halftime lead over Penn State in the Rose Bowl and Mark Sanchez completed 28 of 35 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns. Texas and Ohio State combined for three touchdowns in the final 7:26 in a thrilling Fiesta Bowl. Colt McCoy's 26-yard pass to Quan Cosby won the game 16 seconds before the end. McCoy completed a BCS-record 41 passes. Virginia Tech controlled the ball for nearly 40 minutes against Cincinnati. Utah shocked Alabama with 21 points in the first 11 minutes of the game and quarterback Brian Johnson finished with 336 yards and three touchdowns. Utah's defense tied a BCS record with eight sacks.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Virginia Tech (9-4)
Big East: Cincinnati (11-2)
Big Ten: Penn State (11-1)
Big 12: Oklahoma (12-1)
Pac-10: Southern California (11-1)
Southeastern: Florida (12-1)

Other Participants
Alabama (11-2)
Ohio State (10-2)
Texas (11-1)
Utah (12-0)

The Matchups
National Championship Game, Miami: (2) Florida 24, (1) Oklahoma 14
Rose Bowl: (5) Southern California 38, (8) Penn State 24
Orange Bowl: (19) Virginia Tech 20, (12) Cincinnati 7
Fiesta Bowl: (3) Texas 24, (10) Ohio State 21
Sugar Bowl: (6) Utah 31, (4) Alabama 17


2009 Regular Season

Top-ranked Alabama scored 10 points in the final 29 seconds of the first half and then held off a furious Texas rally to win the BCS National Championship Game on a beautiful evening in the Rose Bowl stadium. The Longhorns were shocked by the injury to quarterback Colt McCoy on the game's fifth play, but regrouped and rallied to cut a 24-7 deficit to 24-21 before fading. Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram rushed for 116 yards for the Crimson Tide, and Trent Richardson added 109. Boise State used a fake punt to keep alive a fourth-quarter game-winning drive against TCU in a pulsating Fiesta Bowl. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow earned his second BCS victory, and established new BCS records for passing and total offense as the Gators dominated previously unbeaten Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl. Another double-threat quarterback, Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor stole the show in the Rose Bowl with 266 yards passing and 72 more rushing. The Orange Bowl game-time temperature was 49 degrees and Iowa's defense froze high-octane Georgia Tech by limiting the Yellow Jackets to only 155 yards of total offense.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Georgia Tech (11-2)
Big East: Cincinnati (12-0)
Big Ten: Ohio State (10-2)
Big 12: Texas (13-0)
Pac-10: Oregon (10-2)
Southeastern: Alabama (13-0)

Other Participants
TCU (13-0)
Florida (12-1)
Boise State (13-0)
Iowa (10-2)

The Matchups
National Championship Game, Pasadena: (1) Alabama 37, (2) Texas 21
Rose Bowl: (8) Ohio State 26, (7) Oregon 17
Orange Bowl: (10) Iowa 24, (9) Georgia Tech 14
Fiesta Bowl: (6) Boise State 17, (4) TCU 10
Sugar Bowl: (5) Florida 51, (3) Cincinnati 24


2010 Regular Season

Auburn's Michael Dyer stopped running. Hold on. No whistle. No ref raising his hand. So he started running again -- past the tackler who thought he had him down, deep into Oregon territory. Dyer's stop-and-go maneuver set up a short field goal on the last play that sent No. 1 Auburn over the No. 2 Ducks 22-19 in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game. TCU's top-rated defense gave up 385 yards and Wisconsin was able to drive 77 yards in 10 plays to pull within tying distance near the end of the game. On a two-point conversion try following Wisconsin's 4-yard touchdown with two minutes left in the game, TCU linebacker Tank Carder batted down a Scott Tolzien pass to secure the 21-19 win in the Rose Bowl. Landry Jones threw for a school bowl-record 429 yards and three touchdowns, and Oklahoma ended a five-game BCS bowl losing streak with a 48-20 win over Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl. Andrew Luck threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns to lead Stanford past Virginia Tech, 40-12 in the Orange Bowl. Terrelle Pryor threw two touchdown passes, helping the Buckeyes build a big lead, and Solomon Thomas made an interception with 58 seconds remaining to seal Ohio State's 31-26 win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Virginia Tech (11-2)
Big East: Connecticut (8-4)
Big Ten: Wisconsin (11-1)
Big 12: Oklahoma (11-2)
Pac-10: Oregon (12-0)
Southeastern: Auburn (13-0)

Other Participants
Arkansas (10-2)
Ohio State (11-1)
Stanford (11-1)
TCU (12-0)

The Matchups
National Championship Game, Phoenix, (1) Auburn 22, (2) Oregon, 19
Rose Bowl: (3) TCU 21, (5) Wisconsin 19
Orange Bowl: (4) Stanford 40, (13) Virginia Tech 12
Fiesta Bowl: (7) Oklahoma 48, Connecticut 20
Sugar Bowl: (6) Ohio State 31, (8) Arkansas 26


2011 Regular Season

For the first time in the 14-year history of the BCS, the National Championship Game featured two teams from the same conference. LSU had defeated Alabama earlier in the season, 9-6, in overtime. In the Allstate BCS National Championship Game, No. 2 Alabama defeated No. 1 LSU 21-0, marking the first shutout in a BCS bowl game. Alabama's defense dominated the game. In the first half, LSU gained only one first down and was unable to cross the 50-yard line. Alabama's Jeremy Shelley kicked five field goals in the contest and Trent Richardson scored a 34-yard touchdown to help give Alabama the victory. In the Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden passed for 399 yards and three TDs, and Quinn Sharp kicked a 22-yard field goal to beat Stanford in a thrilling, 41-38 overtime contest. During the Orange Bowl, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith completed 31-of-42 pass attempts for 401 yards, and Tavon Austin tied a record for any bowl game with four touchdown catches as the Mountaineers defeated Clemson by a score of 70-33. In the Rose Bowl, Oregon tallied up just enough yards -- 621 to Wisconsin's 508 -- to outlast the Badgers, 45-38, in an classic, seesaw battle. The victory ended Oregon’s seven-game losing streak in the Rose Bowl. In a Sugar Bowl that will largely be remembered for many botched and overturned plays, Michigan and Virginia Tech staged a hard-fought contest, with the Wolverines eventually prevailing in overtime, 23-20.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Clemson (10-3)
Big East: West Virginia (9-3)
Big Ten: Wisconsin (11-2)
Big 12: Oklahoma State (11-1)
Pac-12: Oregon (11-2)
Southeastern: LSU (13-0)

Other Participants
Alabama (11-1)
Stanford (11-1)

The Matchups
National Championship: (2) Alabama 21, (1) LSU 0
Fiesta Bowl: (3) Oklahoma State 41, (4) Stanford 38 (OT)
Orange Bowl: (23) West Virginia 70, (15) Clemson 33
Rose Bowl: (5) Oregon 45, (10) Wisconsin 38
Sugar Bowl: (13) Michigan 23, (11) Virginia Tech 20 (OT)


2012 Regular Season

The 2013 Discover National Championship featured an undefeated and resurgent No. 1 Notre Dame team against perennial title game participant No. 2 Alabama. What looked to be a good matchup on paper ended with Crimson Tide domination on both sides of the ball, as Alabama rolled to a 42-14 win and its second consecutive national championship. Alabama running back Eddie Lacy was the game's offensive most valuable player with 140 yards and one score, while quarterback A.J. McCarron threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns. Defensive MVP C.J. Moseley helped Alabama hold Notre Dame to a season-low 32 rushing yards. Kelsey Young's 16-yard run and Stepfan Taylor's three-yard score in the first quarter gave Stanford a lead it would never relinquish on the way to a 20-14 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO. The Cardinal used a stifling defense to hold the Badgers scoreless in the second half en route to the victory. Bookend runs by Lonnie Pryor and dominating performances on both sides of the ball helped Florida State defeat Northern Illinois 31-10 in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. Running back Lonnie Pryor ran for 134 yards on five carries, and quarterback EJ Manuel passed for 291 yards, threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score to pace the Seminoles. With its trademark speed and explosiveness on both offense and defense, Oregon cruised to a 35-17 win over Kansas State in the 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Kenjon Barner ran for 143 yards on 30 carries and quarterback Marcus Mariota passed for 166 yards and two scores to lead Oregon. A balanced running and passing attack complemented by a strong defensive effort propelled double-digit underdog Louisville to a 33-23 win over Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cardinals.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-2)
Big East: Louisville (10-2)
Big Ten: Wisconsin (8-5)
Big 12: Kansas State (11-1)
Pac-12: Stanford (11-2)
Southeastern: Alabama (12-1)

Other Participants
Notre Dame (12-0)
Florida (11-1)
Northern Illinois (12-1)
Oregon (11-1)

The Matchups
National Championship Game (Miami Gardens, FL): (2) Alabama 42, (1) Notre Dame 14
Rose Bowl: (6) Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14
Orange Bowl: (12) Florida State 31, (15) Northern Illinois 10
Fiesta Bowl: (4) Oregon 35, (5) Kansas State 17
Sugar Bowl: (21) Louisville 33, (3) Florida 23


*Each team's win-loss record is from prior to bowl games.