BCS National Championship Era: The Record Holders

Florida State and Auburn are ranked first and second, respectively, in the final Bowl Championship Series standings and will face each other in the BCS National Championship on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, California. In the finale of it’s final season, how will the BCS be remembered?

From the biggest blow-out to the biggest upset, this infographic takes a look back in history at the BCS National Championship game record holders.  While the BCS Championship has had some controversy in selecting which teams would compete, many national championship games are talked about among the greatest college football games of all-time.

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BCS National Championship Era: The Record Holders

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Water Cooler: 10 Things To Know About the BCS National Championship Game

It’s the finale year of the BCS National Championship, one of the most memorable and controversial periods in college football. Here’s 10 facts to keep you in the know this bowl season:

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$30,000: The value of the American Football Coaches Association Trophy

1. The winner of the BCS National Championship Game means its state will finish with the most BCS championships in the system’s 16-year history. The states of Florida and Alabama each have four BCS championships.

2. About 60 percent of bowl teams spend more to play in these games than they receive in payouts for their participation.

3. The last time the SEC didn’t win the BCS championship Johnny Manziel had just turned 13 years old.

4. The Associated Press quit letting the BCS use its weekly coaches’ poll as part of the BCS standings formula in 2005. The AP reportedly didn’t think a subjective ranking should be the basis for a major athletic competition.

5. The BCS has proven to be the longest-standing and most expansive national-championship formula to date.

6. Thanks to the BCS, the top two teams have played each other 15 times in 15 years by BCS measurements and 12 times in the last 15 according to the AP poll — including the last nine years in a row.

7. The BCS is the most wide-reaching attempt to unite the traditionally strongest six Division I-A conferences with the top four bowl games.

8. There are the more than 7,000 student-athletes who have taken part in the BCS National Championship game…more than 13,800 band members and more than 100,000 additional performers who take part in the entertainment and other productions associated with the games…more than 1,280 cheerleaders who support their teams and fan bases…more than 1.8 million fans who celebrate their teams, the games, the bowls and the traditions created every postseason.

9. $30,000: The value of the American Football Coaches Association Trophy, awarded to the BCS winner.

10. 77% of people polled by ESPN think the four-team playoff announced on June 26, 2012 was the right move for college football.

 

 

Game of the Week: Alabama vs. LSU

TicketCity’s weekly ranking of the 10 hottest games in college football is designed to identify the match-ups with the strongest ticket demand on a weekly basis. This week LSU vs. Alabama ranks #1 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.

Why Alabama will win the biggest game of week one:

Alabama can’t look past this game against LSU if it wants to play for the national championship. There are too many other schools just waiting for the Crimson Tide to slip up. No, Alabama will focus on the Tigers and keeping their record unblemished. Nick Saban has veteran leadership to make sure there is no November stumble like the previous two seasons. Quarterback A.J. McCarron has the experience to put the game on his shoulders if necessary. For the season, McCarron is completing nearly seventy percent of his passes and has an impressive 16:3 touchdown to interception ratio. T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake lead the rushing attack and have a combined 17 rushing touchdowns. Alabama is so balanced on offense it has given the defense time to grow up and become dominant again.

Why I could be wrong:

Zach Mettenberger. The senior signal caller has 19 touchdown passes so far this season. He is just 119 passing yards away from eclipsing his total for last season – with four games left to play. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has transformed Mettenberger into a complete quarterback. Of course, it helps when you have weapons like Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry at wide receiver. The Tiger’s passing attack has dramatically improved this year. Why is this important? LSU lost quite a bit of talent on the defensive side of the ball last year, so it will be up to Mettenberger and the offense to pull off the upset. The wildcard is every Italian American’s favorite head football coach, Les Miles. He always has a gadget play up his sleeve for big games.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

Something will have to give on Saturday. The goal is crystal clear for Alabama: win out and play for the BCS National Championship. On the other side of the ball, LSU has its eye on an at-large BCS bowl game. The Tigers would like nothing more than to play spoiler to Alabama’s run at a third national championship. The Crimson Tide can show they are still the team to beat with a victory. There will be a lot of future NFL talent on display at Bryant-Denny Stadium in what should be an exciting clash of SEC powers.

Jeff Kubiszyn is a long-time college football fan and joins TicketCity this season to highlight the biggest game of the week. He is by no means a college football expert, except at the dinner table. 

Get Pumped Up: The BCS National Championship with Alabama and LSU

Tonight marks the final game of the 2011-12 college football season. After all the wins and losses, upsets and surprises, it all comes down to this one game. Tonight LSU and Alabama will face off in the New Orleans Superdome to find out who is number one, once and for all.

Alabama and LSU is a rematch of the defensive battle these two schools waged in the regular-season; a game the Tigers won 9-6 in overtime. The big questions are whether LSU can defeat Alabama twice in one season and whether either team will score a touchdown in the Championship Game. Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban is playing for his 3rd championship ring, while Tigers head man, Les Miles, is trying to win his second ring with LSU.

As we speak, these two great fan bases are living it up in the Big Easy, knowing that tonight the champion will be decided steps from Bourbon Street in the New Orleans Superdome.

Below are some videos we’ve found on YouTube to get you pumped up for the game. Who do you think will emerge victorious?

 

Bowl Season Starts Off With A Bang At TicketCity!

It was an exciting weekend for us in the TicketCity offices as we watched the college football regular season end (save the Army-Navy game), and the bowl annoucements come in. Since Sunday night, our web site and phones have been blowing up with fans trying to snatch up seats to their favorite team’s bowl game! We thought it would be cool to let you guys know which tickets are flying out of our office. The number one game isn’t much of a surprise since we are the lead sponsor of the TicketCity Bowl, but we like that there are a nice mix of BCS and non-BCS games after that.

  • TicketCity Bowl – Texas Tech vs Northwestern
  • Cotton Bowl – Texas A&M vs LSU
  • Sugar Bowl – Arkansas vs Ohio State
  • BCS National Championship – Auburn vs Oregon
  • Music City Bowl – North Carolina vs Tennessee
  • Capital One Bowl – Alabama vs Michigan State
  • Alamo Bowl – Oklahoma State vs Arizona

For a look at the current average price for these, or any other bowl game tickets, we’ve got a list for that too!