How often has BCS Championship matched top teams?

The BCS Championship started in 1998 as a way to matchup the #1 and #2 team in a one-game National Championship Game.  Since that first game in 1998 between Tennessee and Florida State, the BCS Championship Game has matched the #1 and #2 teams in the AP rankings just eight times.  In those eight matchups, the #1 team has won four and the #2 has won four.  Below is a breakdown of those BCS Championship Games – click here to see more information on the BCS National Championship Game history.

BCS Championship Game (#1 ranked team defeats #2 team)
1998 – Tennessee Volunteers (#1) beat Florida State Seminoles (#2)
1999 – Florida State (#1) beats Virginia Tech Hokies (#2)
2004 – USC Trojans (#1) beat Oklahoma Sooners (#2)
2008 – Florida Gators (#1) beat Oklahoma (#2)

BCS Championship Game (#2 ranked team upsets #1 team)
2002 – Ohio State Buckeyes (#2) beat Miami Hurricanes (#1)
2005 – Texas Longhorns (#2) beat USC (#1)
2006 – Florida (#2) beats Ohio State (#1)
2007 – LSU Tigers (#2) beat Ohio State (#1)

BCS Championship Games that did not match #1 versus #2 team
2000 – Oklahoma (#1) beats Florida State (#3)
* The Miami Hurricanes were ranked #2 in AP poll to end season, won their bowl game and finished #2 overall.

2001 – Miami (#1) beats Nebraska Cornhuskers (#4)
* Oregon & Colorado finished ahead of Nebraska in week 15 AP rank. Oregon won Fiesta Bowl to finish 11-1 and #2.

2003 – LSU (#2) beats Oklahoma (#3)
* USC was #1 ranked team, won their bowl game and split the Championship.

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