Watch BCS National Championship Game - Florida Oklahoma Live Streaming Video here. The BCS or Bowl Championship Series, cumulates with the BCS National Championship Game every year. This final BCS game is one of the most anticipated games by college football fans, and it is this game alone that determines which team is the Division I National Champion team. The game is always exciting, but it’s especially exciting when two rival teams make it to the final championship game. Note that there can be some confusion regarding the season and the year of the game. This is because the actual championship game is played in the following year. For example, the championship game for the 2008 season will actually be played in January of 2009.
History of the BCS College Championship Game
The very first BCS football championship took place in 1998 following the regular football season. The Big Ten and the Pac 10 conferences and those in charge of the Rose Bowl met and decided that all the BCS bowl games should cumulate in a championship game, the “bowl of bowls” so to speak. While the Bowl Alliance had held championship games before (1992 – 1997), they did not include the full participation of the Big Ten and Pac 10 teams or the champions of these conferences.
For the first eight years, the championship game was not actually a separate event. Instead, the BCS championship game rotated through the BCS bowls (The Rose Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, and the Sugar Bowl). During that year, the chosen bowl was considered the ultimate game. However, in 2006, The BCS football administration decided that the championship game should be its own event. However, it is still played on the same site as one of the four bowls. The game is played during the week following New Year’s Day.
Determining the Teams
The two participating teams in the championship are determined by their BCS rankings. The way a team’s ranking is determined is somewhat complex. The BCS ranking of a team is the average score of a number of other rankings, including the Harris Interactive Poll, the USA Today Coaches Poll, the opinions of former coaches and players, and the average of six different computer rankings. The two teams who end up with the highest rankings are the two chosen to play for the national championship.
There has been some controversy over this selection method, however. In 2001, While ranked second in the Associated Press poll, Oregon was not included in the final two teams. During the 2003 season, the Associated Press’s number one ranked team, the University of Southern California, was not included in the BCS football ranking system. This actually resulted in a split national championship when the AP awarded its national championship award to Southern California (the AP is not required to name the winner of the BCS bowl as the winner of its national championship award, unlike some other organizations). The next year, the undefeated teams from the University of Utah and Auburn University were likewise left out of the BCS National Championship game.
In addition to the glory of winning the game, several organizations award the winning team with various trophies. The USA Today Coaches Poll names the winner as its National Champion. This means the winning team receives the AFCA National Championship Trophy. They also receive the National Football Foundation’s MacArthur Trophy. As stated above, however, the Associated Press has not agreed to automatically name the bowl winner as their national champion and can give that award to a different college. However, with the one noted exception of the 2003-04 season, the AP’s pick and the BCS bowl winner have been the same.
Televised Games and Sponsorships
The BCS Championship game has had various sponsorships over the years, and generally, the title sponsor of the game is the same sponsor as the host bowl location. Therefore, in the 2007 game was sponsored by Tostitos, the same title sponsor as the Fiesta Bowl since the championship was played there. The BCS 2008 sponsor was Allstate, and in BCS 2009, the game will be sponsored by FedEx.
Televised rights to the game have changed hands several times. The 1999 through the 2006 games were broadcast by ABC after they purchased the rights in an agreement with both the BCS and the Rose Bowl. With the 2006-07 game, however, Fox was awarded the rights to broadcast the championship game and three of the bowls—the Orange, Fiesta, and Sugar bowls. The Rose Bowl broadcast rights have traditionally been negotiated separately, and ABC still holds the right to broadcast this game. However, because of the way the championship host location rotates, ABC will be allowed to broadcast any BCS games hosted at the Rose Bowl, including the 2010 game. The BCS 2009 game, however, will be shown on Fox.
In November of 2008, the BCS administration announced that the rights to broadcast the 2011 through 2013 games had been awarded to ESPN. The following 2014 bowl, held at the Rose Bowl, will be broadcast on ABC. While this means that the 2011 game will be the first major sporting event not shown on free broadcast television, many expect the game to be shown on ABC (a sister network to ESPN) as part of the network’s ESPN on ABC series. This effectively means that ABC will have the option of broadcasting all BCS championships from 2010 to 2014.
The BCS Championship Game is set to rotate as follows:
2009 – Dolphin Stadium, Florida
2010 – Rose Bowl
2011 – University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona
2012 – Louisiana Superdome, Louisianan
The rotation then begins again with the Dolphin Stadium in 2013.