Monday night’s game between the Auburn Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles brought the end of the Bowl Championship Series after 17 years. The BCS was used to place the nation’s top two teams against each other in a “national championship” game.
The BCS was widely criticized for many things, including the use of computer formulas, picking the wrong teams and its awkward voting system. Most of college football will be sad to see the BCS go.
However, the Southeastern Conference probably wishes the BCS was sticking around. During the BCS Era, the SEC dominated college football. The SEC won nine of the 17 championships during the BCS, including seven in a row from 2006-2012. The SEC was also the only team to have two teams appear in the championship game in the same year (the Alabama Crimson Tide against the LSU Tigers on January 9, 2012). In fact, that was the only time during the BCS Era that an SEC team lost in the BCS National Championship Game before Auburn’s 34-31 loss to Florida State on Monday.
While the SEC was 9-2 in BCS title games, no other conference made more than seven appearances in the championship. That was done by the Big 12 Conference, which posted a 2-5 record, including three losses to SEC teams in the championship game.
Most of college football has grown to root against the SEC, because of the conference’s success in the BCS. And it appears that the rest of college football will be against the conference again, because the SEC will be sad to see the BCS go.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.