Three teams in conferences with automatic BCS bids finished the season with unblemished conference records. Texas and USC will play for a national title in the Rose Bowl; West Virginia will play for respect in the Sugar Bowl.
Champions of a conference many felt didn't deserve an automatic bid following mass defections to the ACC, West Virginia faces a Georgia team that was the last contender standing at the end of an ultra-competitive SEC season.
So will the Mountaineers salvage conference pride against the champions of arguably the toughest conference in the country? Or will Georgia prove that even with multiple losses, the best of the SEC is among the best in the nation?