We got the game we have been wanting all year. Well, Texas fans didn't, but the rest of us have been talking all season long about seeing the SEC champion and the Big 12 winner in the BCS title game, and that is what we have.
Florida, on the strength of a 31-20 win over Alabama, moved past Texas into the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings, and was actually the preferred team of the voters.
|Urban Meyer's Gators got a boost from beating No. 1 Alabama. (Getty Images)|
So that means Oklahoma and Florida will meet in Miami in the BCS title game.
Texas did get a smattering of support from the voters. The Longhorns received four first place votes from the coaches and nine in the Harris poll, but still finished a distant third. That was good enough to automatically qualify for an at-large spot in the BCS.
They will face No. 10 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes were selected over Boise State and TCU, the only other eligible teams. Ohio State has a huge fan base, star power on the field, and draws big TV numbers. This matchup gives the Fiesta Bowl its most compelling game on paper since the Buckeyes played Notre Dame in 2006.
Alabama finished fourth in the ratings and was the choice of the Sugar Bowl to replace Florida. The Tide will take on No. 6 Utah. This is the second BCS appearance for the Utes, and unlike last time, when they faced Pittsburgh, they figure to get a real test.
The Orange Bowl will feature No. 19 Virginia Tech, which beat Boston College 30-12 in the ACC title game on Saturday. The Hokies will play Big East champion Cincinnati, which came back from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Hawaii this weekend.
Finally, the Granddaddy of Them All, the Rose Bowl, will have No. 8 Penn State taking on No. 5 USC. The Trojans beat UCLA 28-7 over the weekend. This is the first time in five years that the Rose Bowl will have both the Big Ten and Pac-10 champions. It is the fourth straight appearance by USC, but the first since 1994 for the Nittany Lions.
Since the BCS had a relatively controversy-free year, outside of the Big 12's decision to use it as a tiebreaker, I don't think you will see any significant changes in the system. The ratings formula and the selection process should remain unchanged.