If you were reading our little blog back in June 2008, you know the drill. Every January, we're asked to pretend that we're way more interested in watching USC and Texas beat a couple Big Ten schools than directly compete for those coveted "we got shafted the most" bragging rights, that we're okay with the nation's top unbeaten being regarded as "probably not really the best team, nevermind that they fared slightly better against a common opponent and actually beat the team who gave #3 their lone loss," or that we think the champion of the Atlantic Short Bus Conference totally deserves their automatic spot, but not a 12-0 Boise team who, by the way, beat a team ranked higher than anybody in the ASBC. We take the teams who compete in this postseason variety show of sorts, and tell you definitively and comprehensively who's better than who.
For example it’s probably fair to say that 2005 USC could’ve beaten a few of the other national champions, and it’s probably fair to say 2007 LSU wasn’t the 10th or 11th-best BCS team ever. Heck, for that matter, how good were 2000
Now, because we apparently have nothing better to do with our time, we were faced with only one option: rank ‘em all. That’s right, we’re ranking all the BCS teams. Not all the champions, not all the teams who played in the championship game, not the most screwed teams, not the worst teams to set foot in a BCS stadium, all of them – from 2001 Miami to 2004 Pittsburgh. Because we can’t just do a straight ranking, we’re writing about the teams, too. Grab a snack, a 40, or both – this may take a while to read. All told, I think it’s coming in around 11,000 to 12,000 words.
We tend to forget how good this team was, and that’s saying something. They only allowed 117 points over the entire season; in case that sounds like a lot, Miami scored 8 TDs on defense, so they made up for about half the points they allowed. One game was decided by fewer than 10 points (a 26-24 road win over VA Tech), little else was even interesting, especially not the national championship game. In beating #14
Jerome from Southeast Clinton Portis was backed up by Willis McGahee’s future broken ankle and Frank Gore, Jeremy Shockey by Kellen “Future Fucking Soldier” Winslow Jr, Willis Reed by Sean Taylor (…what? We’re not making jokes about the dead, not where I live). The combination of talent and dedication is the reason why it didn’t matter who the other team was in the 2001 BCS title game; they were going to get wrecked anyway. We’d be floored if we see a team this dominant in the next 20 years.
2. 2005 Texas (13-0, 9-0, Big 12 Champions, National Champions)
The difference between 2005 Texas and 2004 USC is something less than razor-thin; we were debating these teams for about half an hour to 45 minutes, and we probably could’ve kept on going. This ranking is as much homage to Young as it is to the entire team (edit: um, duh. We do a great job of nailing down the details here), who managed to overcome both pre-anointed USC and Mack Brown in the same game. Oh, and they wrecked
3. 2004 USC (12-0, 8-0, Pac-10 Champions, National Champions)
We remember this team for a couple of reasons: 1) completely destroying the “Game of the Century” idea that everyone had built up between them and Oklahoma; 2) effectively killing the debate over whether or not Auburn should’ve been included in the title game. Sure,
Remember how dominant that 2001
Quick: what do you do without a playoff and with three undefeated teams? The answer, apparently, is to leave the SEC champion out, for reasons which basically begin and end with “
6. 2005 USC (12-1, 8-0, Pac-10 Champions)
Undoubtedly the best team to play in the BCS before the game, the “Paper Champions of the BCS” Trojans really did have a fantastic team in 2005. Was the title hype a bit …well, premature? Yes, but arguably this is a team that was good enough to win the title in almost every other BCS season – and they were better at almost everything during the Rose Bowl. When you consider the number of broken plays they forced
This team may be the blandest in the top 10, but damned if they weren’t effective. This team reminds us a lot of ’05
Yeah, this team was excellent, and only a disputed pass interference call away from being back-to-back champions. While a number of key starters were missing from the 2001 wrecking ball (Portis, Shockey, Buchanon, Reed, McKinnie), the team was still loaded with talent at every position, but at times seemed less driven than the season before – such as allowing Virginia Tech (this was post-Michael Vick) to score 45 points in the season finale, or eking out a 1-point win over Florida State. Not that it’s their fault, but
Take one of the most successful offensive systems of its time, plug in the only sophomore ever to win a Heisman, team him up with the country’s fastest player, make a major upgrade over the previous season in defense, and what do you get? A 11-1 start featuring 11 blowouts and a 1-point loss, followed by a pair of two-score wins over top ten teams. It kinda got lost in a season when Big 12 quarterbacks and the USC defense were putting up unbelievable stats, but in the end the SEC king proved themselves tops yet again. You might have caught Tim Tebow wearing “John 3:16” in his facepaint during the game, but we’re not sure God would pull for a team starting Ronnie “AK”
10. 1999 Florida State (12-0, 8-0, ACC Champions, National Champions)
As we get deeper into the rankings, it’s really staggering how much the ACC fell off after 2001, with three top-25 teams and the rest floating at 59 and below. However, this was the best of the FSU incarnations, with a healthy Chris Weinke and Peter Warrick back when he had talent. Travis Minor was a lot better in college, too, and they did an effective job stopping the proto-Vince Young (Michael Vick) in the title game, although arguably there wasn’t a whole lot else on that Virginia Tech team. This was also the last year
11. 2003 LSU (12-1, 8-1, SEC Champions, Disputed National Champions)
As long as we’re talking defensive talent, it’s worth talking about this incarnation of the Bayou Bengals, who did a good job of wrecking almost everyone in their path (losing only to Florida). Their 151 points allowed over the season was the 7th best among all BCS teams [ranking as of June 08]; this is doubly impressive when you remember that Matt Mauck (who?) was their starting QB. They did have a legitimate trio of running backs led by Justin Vincent who (for a season) looked like he was on the path to stardom. Bonus points: this team turned Nick Saban into a coaching hitman, which is really fun for the whole family.
Yeah, we’re underrating this team – but here’s the problem: Josh Heupel was the starting QB. We do remember the offense being explosive, but we also remember that god-awful championship game, even though we have the therapy sessions to try and prove otherwise. 36 rushes + 62 yards + Heupel = title? Apparently. One of us really should go find the play-by-play of that game; for all ESPN’s talk of it being a great defensive struggle, we just remember missed open receivers and bad blocking. But the defense did shut
The “huh? Oh, yeah” of BCS title winners, the Vols were written off for dead after Peyton Manning (5 losses in his college career – 4 to
Not the highest-scoring nor the most athletic,
15. 2008 USC (12-1, 8-1, Pac 10 Champions)
This USC defense allowed a flat 9 ppg, tops in the BCS era. The front seven was in fact every bit as good as the vaunted 01
16. 2003 USC (12-1, 8-1, Pac-10 Champions, Disputed National Champions)
If we mentioned LSU, we had to talk about USC, right? This was the beginning of the original USC Lovefest, which culminated in them ending up 1st in both polls only to get screwed for
This was probably one of the sweetest wins (non-Notre Dame affiliated edition) in BCS history. Unlike 2002 Ohio State or 2005 Texas, who played a close game over a heavily favored opponent before coming out on top, Florida basically spotted Ohio State a 7-point lead before kicking the Buckeyes’ teeth in to the tune of 41-7 in the last 59:45. This served as a coming-out party for Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow, and Percy Harvin, who still scares the crap out of me and will continue to for years. Bonus points: this win shut
This was one of the more athletically frightening defenses
This was the year following H’a’w’a’i’i’s blowout loss in the Sugar Bowl, and everyone expected more of the same from this bunch. But the Utes clearly showed – midmajors only suck when they come from off the mainland; if they’re from
In 1998, if
21. 1999 Virginia Tech (11-1, 8-0, Big East Champions)
In running through the season 11-0, Virginia Tech held the nation’s #1 defense (116 points allowed pre-Sugar Bowl) and unquestionably the most electrifying player, Michael Vick. Few teams even managed to keep the scores respectable, although some of that can be attributed to the fact that nobody on their schedule other than FSU won more than 8 regular season games. Vick did get to prove his toughness leading a two-minute drill drive for a game winning FG at
This was the season where Chris Weinke was good enough to win the Heisman before basically getting wrecked by
23. 1999 Nebraska (12-1, 8-1, Big 12 Champions)
Eric Crouch takes some retroactive heat for the beating that was put on his school by Miami to close the 2001 season, but don’t let that overshadow his place as one of the great option QBs of the modern era and perhaps the last great power-option QB. The defense was strong if not spectacular, but really only
24. 2002 USC (11-2, 7-1)
This season was an oddity for USC – they actually played
25. 2006 LSU (11-2, 6-2)
Shockingly, this team was actually more talented than their ’07 counterparts. The only difference is that ’07 was worse across the board, but this team was a PI call away from playing for the SEC title – and arguably playing for the national title. Of course, they would’ve still lost to
26. 2006 Ohio State (12-1, 8-0, Big 10 Champions)
Excellent, stout defense, and Troy Smith was a pseudo-Vince Young (which is why I think he got the Heisman – the voters felt bad for whiffing in ’05)… but their problem was perimeter speed. Not a problem in the Big 10, but as
This offense was the height of the Spurrier-led “Fun-N-Gun” attack (alternatively, this was the year when they ran the score up the most: you make the call), and they did a great job of wrecking most teams in their path. When you play in the SEC and only get held under 30 twice, that’s just absurd. Unfortunately one such game was an ugly 3-point loss to
** Of course, since UF wasn’t in the championship game, we got to see them wreck a completely overmatched
By this point in time, the other 49 states had clearly hopped on the anti-Sooner bandwagon, and we were all awaiting yet another big loss from Big Dud Bob. For the Sooners to lose by just 10 to our #9 team is plenty respectable. Ultimately the offensive failure was everything we expected, but the defense played with pride. We remember that this group set all-time scoring marks going into the title game, and consider the barrage they almost surely would have put on anyone outside the top third of this list.
If you’re wondering “how badly does whiffing a title game do for your overall BCS ranking?”, here’s your answer: a lot. An excellent regular season (coupled with the Jason White bandwagon going into overdrive – really, he wasn’t that good) goes for naught when it looks like you didn’t prepare for the title game. You could make an argument that 2003 was really the turning point for Oklahoma in the BCS (2-0 before then, 0-5 after), but we figured it was an aberration – up until their loss to Boise State. Oops. Speaking of bandwagons, does anyone know if they were able to rescue all the survivors from the Jason White bandwagon careening off a cliff?
This was the first of three straight years we’d see FSU in the championship game, and like the 3rd year it was controversial and they stunk up the field. Sure, it’s not their fault their 26-year-old QB slipped on the ice in a parking lot. (No really, that happened to somebody that bowl season but I can’t say 100% that it was Weinke… it might have been one of OSU’s receivers. But it’s funnier if we just assume it was the FSU QB whose absence from the Fiesta Bowl absolutely doomed his team’s offense, so for the purposes of this blog Chris Weinke slipped on a patch of ice outside the local supermarket.) How is a 26-year old playing on his sophomore year of eligibility in college? Does that mean he played high school ball at age 24? What a jerk… yeah, I’m sure it feels great to kick some kid’s ass in sports because you’re 8 years older than him. Come to think of it, that’s what I was doing when I was 17, and it does feel good thankyouverymuch. (Note: Brandon Coutu would use the Weinke path to success at Georgia less than 10 years later, which was fitting, because Coutu was also 26 back in 1998.)
31. 2007 LSU (12-2, 7-2, SEC Champions, National Champions)
On one hand, nobody could beat this team in 60 minutes… but on the other, they lost to freaking Kentucky, which is damn near inexcusable. Still, this was an excellent defensive team even with a hobbled* Glenn Dorsey up front. I don’t think there was a team in 2007 that could’ve dealt with a healthy LSU defense, which is the key here; the losses to
*I’ve never seen a player take as many uncalled cheap shots as Dorsey saw. Seriously.
How does this team compare to the other at-large selections in BCS history? Depends on which part of the season you look at; up to the
Can an assistant really make all the difference? If you don’t think so, then allow me to describe the Oklahoma Sooners with DC Mike Stoops versus what they’ve been like after he took over at
Ever wonder how good
On paper you might think this offense would be more explosive than the 05 version – all the same players, plus Cedric Benson to bring a power presence to the running game. Then you remember, Vince Young still couldn’t pass the ball in 2004. (off topic: my personal favorite VY highlight comes from the 2004 season, when he throws a pass that’s intercepted by a Kansas linebacker, then promptly goes and lays out the LB with a violent tackle as he tries to run it back. A year later when he slams a USC safety to the turf en route to the end zone, you had to see it coming.) Not that it mattered for the most part, as Texas proved against Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Michigan that they could outscore you if need be. The defense was average – perhaps slightly above average – for BCS team standards, led by an excellent secondary and LB Derrick Johnson who would set a NCAA record for fumbles forced by literally punching the ball out of running backs’ hands mid-tackle. The knocks on this team were shoddy kick coverage (see Rose Bowl) and the fact that VY still hadn’t learned to change/ignore/laugh hysterically, then change all plays that came into the huddle (see shutout loss to OU).
37. 2005 Ohio State (10-2, 7-1)
Although it was early in the season in their home stadium, this defense and the linebackers in particular get credit for being the only team in 2005 to effectively neutralize Vince Young – holding the Longhorns to 25 points when their next-lowest points total was 40 in a rivalry game Texas didn’t really show up for but won anyway. Sure the fact that VY was a little overconfident in his raw athletic ability helped – the QB threw two picks while literally being dragged to the ground (slowly, and from a standstill) by linebackers (fuck it he’s going deep), but that’s still more than anyone else could say. Heck, half the teams out there didn’t even have linebackers seemingly capable of sacking VY. Unfortunately the
Sabanmania may have officially kicked into high gear in 2008; we’ll get back to you on that one. For a team to go 7-6 one season and start off 12-0 the next despite being led by John Parker Wilson says a lot about this team’s level of execution, as well as the level of talent being piped in through two seasons on Saban recruits. Ultimately they were outmatched by two teams above them on this list, both by respectable margins.
This team also doubles as the Big East’s coming out party. It’s tough to overstate what ’04
43. 2006 USC (11-2, 7-2, Pac 10 Champions)
I will forever be grateful for this team – thank god it kicked
Yes, everyone remembers the Statue of
46. 2006 Oklahoma (11-3, 8-1, Big 12 Champions)
Entering the season, Oklahoma was supposed to win the conference title and contend for the national – and then they lost QB Rhett Bomar and had to start a converted WR in his place. Around late October the move ended up working, but that was too little too late. Of course, you can’t mention their three losses without some Sooner fan bringing up the
complete beauty absolute robbery that happened at Oregon – but hey, it took both horrible officiating AND the Sooners playing like ass in the closing minutes for that shocker to happen. OU then used a five turnover deficit to lose to
Why couldn’t this team have played a team with a pulse? Was that too much to ask? Apparently it was, as
48. 2000 Oregon State (11-1, 7-1)
The offense featured Chad Johnson and TJ Houshmandzadeh, and in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame you saw what such a tandem of receivers is capable of doing to a college defense. However, their own defense seemed to show up about every other week – you either broke 30 against them or didn’t break 10 – and overall their play was just inconsistent. Still consistent enough to finish 11-1 with a sole loss to title contender Washington (and with a victory over 10-2 rival
50. 2007 West Virginia (11-2, 5-2, Big East Champions)
Left for dead after Rich Rodriguez bolted for Michigan before the Fiesta Bowl, these guys responded by wrecking Oklahoma (in what’s now become a yearly tradition). This was the most explosive Mountaineer offense (39.6 PPG) of the last few years, although the defense wasn’t anything spectacular. Then again, it didn’t have to be; between Owen Schmidt, Pat White, Steve Slaton, and Noel Devine (the fastest of these guys), who the hell was going to stop them …well, other than
51. 2007 USC (11-2, 7-2, Pac 10 Champions)
At the end of the day, they had a fantastic offense and a solid defense. Losing to Dennis-Dixon-clad
Moving Marlin Jackson from CB to FS cost the Wolverines their best cover corner and revitalized the secondary – improving the unit from #69 in 2002 to #15 in 2003. Sometimes asymmetric depth does funny things like that. This move, and the play of Chris Perry and Braylon Edwards, allowed
Contrary to popular belief, the
54. 1998 UCLA (10-2, 8-0, Pac 10 Champions)
Dear god, this team could throw the ball. Granted, that’s about all they could do as the defense finished in the bottom 20, allowing 340 points which is almost unheard of for a team who was unbeaten and the leading title contender in December. They were 10-0 and scored 45 points against
Statistically, this was both the worst offense and the best defense Steve Spurrier had in his final nine seasons with the Gators. The Dragon had yet to arrive on campus, so their options were limited.
The Georgia Stonehands did a pretty good job throughout the regular season, except for blowing back-to-back games against
We were really happy when USC figured out that
“LSU? Bitches can’t handle this shit. I’ll fucking go deep all day here and hit their cheerleaders at halftime, if you know what I mean. And fuck it, you know what I mean. I’m going deep.”
“Shit, Vanderbilt and
After a shittastic win over
Even without Maurice Clarrett and half of their championship defense, OSU was in position to contend for the 2003 national title going into their game against
Unfortunately, even after winning the Orange Bowl, it’s still tough to get a feel for how good this team was. Todd Reesing was incredibly efficient and Talib was legitimately one of the top cover corners in the NCAA, but they basically played against two good teams all season – Missouri handling the Jayhawks without difficulty and Virginia Tech being a team Taylor-made to be the perfect matchup to allow KU to steal a BCS bowl victory (can’t score many points, prone to turnovers, terrible coaching). This feels about right. And yes,
63. 2006 Louisville (12-1, 6-1, Big East Champions)
Led by a high-powered offense and a better-than-expected defense, Louisville ended up winning the Big East thanks to both of the other conference contenders (West Virginia, Rutgers) losing an additional conference game. Their prize was getting to play an overmatched
64. 2002 Washington State (10-3, 7-1, Pac 10 Champions)
Much as I want to rip on the Cougs for being the last team to lose to Oklahoma in the BCS, they did have to face the national champs and a USC team who was equally talented as the Buckeyes – oh yeah, and they beat those Trojans. That’s three legitimately good BCS opponents on the schedule. Alright, alright – THEY LOST TO
65. 2004 Virginia Tech (10-3, 7-1, ACC Champions)
VT did have the misfortune of facing the #3 and #5-ranked teams on this list. Yikes! Against USC, the Hokies nearly pulled off the upset in the season-opener due to USC’s early offensive growing pains… were it not for numerous illegal formation issues and what was probably a phantom offensive PI. Then again, the 10-minute collapse in the middle of the second half also sealed their fate. And against
When it’s all said and done, Terrelle Pryor may be the man who quiets the beautiful chorus of Don’t Cry Out Looooouuuud! After watching his team get DCOL’ed in
This was one of those nice teams that ended up being really easy to classify: they lost to anyone with a pulse. Yes, they beat 10-3
In some ways, they really weren’t that much below the championship team from the season before. Their most challenging/lucky wins in 98 turned into two heartbreaking losses in 99 –
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Ron Dayne broke the NCAA rushing record this season and finished #2 on the year behind LaDainian Tomlinson by 16 yards, who faced vastly inferior competition. The stingy defense finished #5 in scoring average and this was basically a lesser version of the 98 Badgers team.
71. 1999 Alabama (10-3, 8-1, SEC Champions)
I cheated and looked up statistics for this team before trying to remember who played for them… and found out, I’ve never heard of any of these guys (Shaun Alexander never existed in LFB world). The Tide had a terrible offense and a slightly above-average defense, and they nearly beat Tom Brady but missed a freaking PAT. That’s all I’ve got.
72. 2001 LSU (10-3, 6-3, SEC Champions)
Remember the days of Rohan Davey? It’s cool, I don’t either. In reality, they may have been the 3rd-best team in the SEC this season behind SEXY REXY’s Gators and a
The only things this team actually accomplished were to beat
This team encapsulates the argument against conference championship games. KSU lost a nonconference game to Marshall, who wasn’t very good by this point in time. They lost Big 12 games to
Yes, we’re putting a national title contender this low on the list. Why? Two reasons: 1) they got shitcanned by
When another conference champion beats your conference champion 48-7, you’ve got to have doubts about your BCS game. Virginia Tech was massacred at the hands of LSU, and that really signified the gap between the passably decent and the actually talented teams. (Seriously, this was a bad year.) This was apparent in the year’s first three BCS bowls, settled by an average of 27 points. VT had an evenly fought game with
Reggie Ball Sean Glennon was such a bad QB that Tyrod Taylor’s redshirt was burned halfway through the second game in meaningless crunch time that tells you how truly bad Glennon was. Oh but it gets better –
Led by a high-powered offense and a complete inability to field an offensive or defensive line large enough to compete on the mainland,
78. 1998 Texas A&M (11-3, 8-1, Big 12 Champions)
Texas A&M was known as a comeback team – winning 5 games in the second half, but I think what really happened was that teams got bored playing against them and went home early. A team based on their “Wrecking Crew” defense, the Aggies surrendered at least 20 points against every team they faced with at least 9 wins (five) but hey, they did manage to shut out a sub-.500
79. 2002 Iowa (11-2, 8-0)
Notice that they were 8-0 in conference play but not Big 10 champions (they were technically co-champs, but Ohio State was given the automatic bid and… oh yeah, Ohio State didn’t lose a nonconference game to a .500 team, so we know who the real B-10 champs were). To their credit, they did squeak past
In a testament to the collapse of the ACC, this team managed to go 2-4 out of conference, including a loss to 7-6
They had Donovan McNabb, which was unquestionably the best part of this team. Unfortunately, they couldn’t clone him enough to make it worthwhile, ending up getting destroyed by a
Witness the prototype of the new ACC Champion – bad offense, weak schedule, completely decimated in bowl games by a vastly superior opponent. We didn’t realize what we were getting into at the time.
83. 2005 Notre Dame (9-3, 3-0 Armed Forces Division)
You’re going to hate me for bringing this up, but I can’t be the only one to remember that god-awful abomination that Brady Quinn’s sister was wearing during this game, right? (Hey, since she was sleeping with AJ Hawk, do you think they got any playbook information? You think it would’ve actually mattered?) She really should’ve known better, and not only from a fashion standpoint. As for the game, it was the predictable Notre-Dame-gets-in-because-they’re-Notre-Dame-and-then-gets-killed game. Not a whole lot to see here, although this is probably indirectly responsible for spawning the “Ohio State Best Team EVAR” crap in 2006. Let this be a lesson for you: beating Notre Dame in a BCS game does not guarantee you a title next year. Bonus points: this was the best BCS team from either
This was the best
For the sake of posterity, let’s summarize the 2008 ACC. Four teams go 5-3 in conference, six 4-4, one 3-5, and Duke 1-7. In late December, we were told that this was because the entire conference is awesome! Then the rest of the bunch starts off 3-6 in bowl games, and we remember that the eventual conference champions (yeah, these turds) lost their season opener to a Conference USA team who finished 9-5. All the Free Shoes U victories over FCS opponents in the world couldn’t redeem this short bus special, and the fact that the Hokies did in fact manage to beat the 5th-worst BCS team of all time only goes so far.
This team was the offensive equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. They lost their starting QB and starting RB in the first two games of the season and still won the ACC title before Louisville felt pity on them and played down to their level in the Orange Bowl. Put another way: in 2006, the ACC had a conference champion who was playing without their starting backfield, and to win the conference championship, they had to go through … Reggie Ball. A! C! C!
Rashard Mendenhall + ? = holy god this team shouldn’t have been in the BCS. We hate you, Rose Bowl Selection Committee;
88. 2000 Purdue (8-4, 6-2, Big 10 Champions)
When we make fun of the Big 10, it’s for shitty teams like this – teams that somehow avoid playing anyone with talent, lose to better in-conference teams but get lucky when they lose to other teams, then proceed to get mauled by teams making their only Rose Bowl appearance in the last decade. Purdue, this is why we mock you.
89. 2000 Notre Dame (9-3, beat nobody of consequence)
I know, it’s hard to realize, but this was the first team to get completely played off the field by a good-but-not-great
Guess who our lowest-ranked team to win a BCS bowl was? 2008 Va Tech. Now guess who their opponent was? Bingo.
91. 2006 Notre Dame (10-3, beat nobody of consequence)
This might’ve been the most fun I’ve ever had watching someone just get completely fucked up, as Notre Dame had no way to deal with LSU at all, especially with LSU playing a de facto home game. They sneaked in on name and reputation alone, which got them about as far as you’d expect once the game actually started. Wonder if Brady Quinn still has nightmares about this one. Of course, LSU did go on to win a title, but as we’ve seen above, that wasn’t guaranteed. Apparently you just get the title shot, not the actual title.
92. 2005 Florida State (8-5, 6-3, ACC Champions)
The poster child for the “Conference Championship Games Should Be Killed” argument, Florida State lucked out and beat a superior Virginia Tech team. Their reward? Playing
93. 1999 Stanford (8-5, 7-1, Pac-10 Champions)
Let this be a lesson for you, Tom Hansen: it was a good idea to make sure everyone plays each other in football, too bad that was implemented in the Pac 10 just a few years too late to avoid this. This way, you avoid teams like this making the Rose Bowl over a 9-3
This is why they play the games, right? This was a bad, bad year for the Big East; it was right after