BCS, Alliance & Coalition Games Year-by-Year

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BCS, Alliance and Coalition Games Year-by-Year:


1992 Regular Season

In its first year, the Bowl Coalition was a rousing success. The Coalition was formed to increase the likelihood of matching the top two teams in the nation while creating other exciting bowl pairings that would appeal to fans and would be based on the full season's results. When No. 1 Miami met No. 2 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, it was the first pairing of the top two teams in a bowl game since Oklahoma and Miami played for the national title in the Orange Bowl after the 1987 season. The Crimson Tide beat the Hurricanes and won the national championship in both the coaches and the writers polls.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-1)*
Big East: Miami (11-0)
Big Eight: Nebraska (9-2)
Southeastern: Alabama (12-0)
Southwest: Texas A&M (12-0)

Other Participants
Notre Dame (9-1-1)
Syracuse (9-2)
Colorado (9-1-1)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (3) Florida State 27, (11) Nebraska 14
Fiesta Bowl: (6) Syracuse 26, (10) Colorado 22
Cotton: (5) Notre Dame 28, (4) Texas A&M 3
Sugar Bowl: (2) Alabama 34, (1) Miami 13


1993 Regular Season

The Coalition again produced a consensus national champion when top-ranked Florida State defeated second-ranked Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. It was Florida State's first national title.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-1)
Big East: West Virginia (11-0)
Big Eight: Nebraska (11-0)
Southeastern: Florida (10-2)
Southwest: Texas A&M (10-1)

Other Participants
Notre Dame (10-1)
Miami (9-2)
Arizona (9-2)
Alabama (8-3-1)
North Carolina (10-2)
Oklahoma (8-3)
Texas Tech (6-5)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (1) Florida State 18, (2) Nebraska 16
Fiesta Bowl: (16) Arizona 29, (10) Miami 0
Cotton: (4) Notre Dame 24, (6) Texas A&M 21
Sugar Bowl: (8) Florida 41, (3) West Virginia 7
Gator: (18) Alabama 24, (12) North Carolina 10
Hancock: (19) Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 10


1994 Regular Season

Two teams-Nebraska and Penn State-finished the season undefeated, but the Huskers were awarded the national championship after beating No. 3 Miami in the Orange Bowl.Penn State, which beat No. 12 Oregon, 38-20, in the Rose Bowl, finished second in both polls. This was the final year of the Bowl Coalition.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (9-1-1)
Big East: Miami (10-1)
Big Eight: Nebraska (12-0)
Southeastern: Florida (10-1-1)
Southwest: Texas Tech (6-5)

Other Participants
Notre Dame (6-4-1)
Colorado (10-1)
Southern California (7-3-1)
Tennessee (7-4)
Virginia Tech (8-3)
Texas (7-4)
North Carolina (8-3)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (1) Nebraska 24, (3) Miami 17
Fiesta Bowl: (5) Colorado 41, Notre Dame 24
Cotton: (21) Southern California 55, Texas Tech 14
Sugar Bowl: (7) Florida State 23, (5) Florida 17
Gator: (24) Tennessee 45, (15) Virginia Tech 23
Hancock: Texas 35, (14) North Carolina 31


1995 Regular Season

The Bowl Coalition was replaced by the Bowl Alliance, which involved three bowls-the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar-and a new look. The champions of the ACC, Big East, SEC and newly formed Big 12 committed their champions to play in one of the Alliance Bowls. Notre Dame also agreed to participate if selected. In the first year of the arrangement, the Big Eight and Southwest Conference champions played in one of the Alliance games. A rotation was established giving each Alliance bowl a chance to make the first two selections from among available teams. This increased the likelihood of matching the top two teams in a national championship game. (Only if one or both of the top-ranked teams were members of the Big Ten or Pac-10, and thereby committed to play in the Rose Bowl, would there be no matchup between the top two teams.) In its first year, the Alliance, No. 1 Nebraska scored a dominating victory over No. 2 Florida in the Sugar Bowl to win the national championship.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (9-2)
Big East: Virginia Tech (9-2)
Big Eight: Nebraska (11-0)
Southeastern: Florida (12-0)
Southwest: Texas (10-1-1)

Other Participant
Notre Dame (9-2)

The Matchups
Fiesta Bowl: (1) Nebraska 62, (2) Florida 24
Orange Bowl: (9) Florida State 31, (8) Notre Dame 26
Sugar Bowl: (13) Virginia Tech 28, (9) Texas 10


1996 Regular Season

The Alliance again produced a consensus national champion when third-ranked Florida beat top-ranked Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. The Gators benefitted from No. 4 Ohio State's upset of No. 2 and previously unbeaten Arizona State in the Rose Bowl.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-0)
Big East: Virginia Tech (10-1)
Big 12: Texas (8-4)
Southeastern: Florida (11-1)

Other Participants
Nebraska (10-2)
Penn State (10-2)

The Matchups
Sugar Bowl: (3) Florida 52, (1) Florida State 20
Fiesta Bowl: (7) Penn State 38, (20) Texas 15
Orange Bowl: (6) Nebraska 41, (10) Virginia Tech 21


1997 Regular Season

For the only time during the six-year era of the Bowl Coalition and Bowl Alliance, the season ended with a split national championship. Top-ranked Michigan capped an undefeated season and the No. 1 spot in the writers poll with a 21-16 Rose Bowl victory over Washington State. But Michigan slipped to second in the coaches' poll when then-No. 2 Nebraska sent Tom Osborne into retirement with a 42-17 triumph over No. 3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. The result affirmed the weakness of the Coalition and Alliance: the absence of the Big Ten and Pac-10 champions.

The Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (10-1)
Big East: Syracuse (9-3)
Big 12: Nebraska (12-0)
Southeastern: Tennessee (11-1)

Other Participants
Kansas State (10-1) Ohio State (10-2)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (2) Nebraska 42, (3) Tennessee 17
Sugar Bowl: (4) Florida State 31, (9) Ohio State 14
Fiesta Bowl: (8) Kansas State 35, (14) Syracuse 18


1998 Regular Season

In the first year of the Bowl Championship Series, Kansas State, Tennessee, and UCLA entered the final weekend of the regular season undefeated, but Kansas State lost to Texas A&M in the Big 12 championship game, and UCLA lost at Miami, creating a classic Tennessee-Florida State matchup for the national championship in the Fiesta Bowl. Tennessee emerged with the victory.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-1)
Big East: Syracuse (8-3)
Big Ten: Wisconsin (10-1)
Big 12: Texas A&M (11-2)
Pac-10: UCLA (10-1)
Southeastern: Tennessee (12-0)

Other Participants
Florida (9-2) Ohio State (10-1)

The Matchups
Fiesta Bowl: (1) Tennessee 23, (2) Florida State 16
Orange Bowl: (8) Florida 31, (15) Syracuse 10
Sugar Bowl: (4) Ohio State 24, (6) Texas A&M 14
Rose Bowl: (9) Wisconsin 38, (5) UCLA 31


1999 Regular Season

The BCS formula worked to perfection when two undefeated teams-No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Virginia Tech played in the Sugar Bowl. Florida State won its second title.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-0)
Big East: Virginia Tech (11-0)
Big Ten: Wisconsin (9-2)
Big 12: Nebraska (11-1)
Pac-10: Stanford (8-3)
Southeastern: Alabama (10-2)

Other Participants
Michigan (9-2)
Tennessee (9-2)

The Matchups
Sugar Bowl: (1) Florida State 46, (2) Virginia Tech 29
Fiesta Bowl: (3) Nebraska 31, (5) Tennessee 21
Orange Bowl: (8) Michigan 35, (4) Alabama 34
Rose Bowl: (7) Wisconsin 17, (22) Stanford 9


2000 Regular Season

Again, the BCS produced a consensus national champion. There was no doubt which team was No.1-Oklahoma, defeated Florida State in the Orange Bowl to finish 13-0. On bowl Selection Sunday, three once-beaten teams were vying for a spot against the Sooners in the national championship game, Florida State, Miami and Washington. Miami had beaten Florida State during the regular season, and Washington had beaten Miami. However, Florida State earned the spot by finishing second in the BCS Standings, on the strength of victories over three ranked opponents (including two in the top ten.)

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (11-1)
Big East: Miami (10-1)
Big Ten: Purdue (8-3)
Big 12: Oklahoma (12-0)
Pac-10: Washington (10-1)
Southeastern: Florida (10-2)

Other Participants
Notre Dame (9-2)
Oregon State (10-1)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (1) Oklahoma 13, (2) Florida State 2
Sugar Bowl: (3) Miami 37, (7) Florida 20
Rose Bowl: (4) Washington 34, (14) Purdue 24
Fiesta Bowl: (6) Oregon State 41, (11) Notre Dame 9


2001 Regular Season

Again the BCS produced a consensus national champion when undefeated No. 1 Miami defeated Nebraska in the first Rose Bowl game in 55 years involving teams from outside the Big Ten and Pac-10. The Huskers, who spent much of the season as the No. 2 team in the nation, benefited from a rash of upsets on the final weekend of the regular season and in conference championship games to earn their spot in the national title game. Nebraska suffered its only loss of the regular season in its finale against Colorado. After the spate of upsets, Nebraska edged once-beaten Pac-10 champion Oregon for the No. 2 spot in the final BCS Standings to advance to the Rose Bowl. The Hurricanes' Rose Bowl victory extended their winning streak to 23 games.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Maryland (10-1)
Big East: Miami (11-0)
Big Ten: Illinois (10-1)
Big 12: Colorado (10-2)
Pac-10: Oregon (10-1)
Southeastern: LSU (9-3)

Other Participants
Nebraska (11-1)
Florida (9-2)

The Matchups
Rose Bowl: (1) Miami 37, (2) Nebraska 14
Fiesta Bowl: (4) Oregon 38, (3) Colorado 16
Sugar Bowl: (13) LSU 47, (8) Illinois 34
Orange Bowl: (5) Florida 56, (10) Maryland 23


2002 Regular Season

The BCS formula created a national championship matchup for the age when undefeated and No.1 Miami met undefeated and No.2 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. In one of the greatest football games ever played, the Buckeyes won, 31-24, in double overtime, to the end the Hurricanes' remarkable 34-game winning streak.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (9-4)
Big East: Miami (12-0)
Big Ten: Ohio State (13-0)
Big 12: Oklahoma (11-2)
Pac-10: Washington State (10-2)
Southeastern: Georgia (12-1)

Other Participants
Iowa (11-1)
USC (10-2)

The Matchups
Fiesta Bowl: (2) Ohio State 31, (1) Miami, 2 OT
Sugar Bowl: (3) Georgia 26, (14) Florida State 13
Orange Bowl: (4) USC 38, (5) Iowa 17
Rose Bowl: (7) Oklahoma 34, (6) Washington State 14


2003 Regular Season

For the only time since the BCS was formed, there was a split national championship. LSU finish atop the coaches' poll by beating Oklahoma in the BCS championship game in the Sugar Bowl. USC, ranked first in both polls on bowl selection Sunday, finished third in the final BCS standings but was the writers' national champion after defeating Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Oklahoma, which spent the season as the top-ranked team in both polls, had earned a spot in the Sugar Bowl by finishing first in the final BCS Standings even though the Sooners were stunned by Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game. LSU, the SEC champion, edged USC for second place in the final BCS Standings to advance to the Sugar Bowl.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (10-2)
Big East: Miami (10-2)
Big Ten: Michigan (10-2)
Big 12: Kansas State (11-3)
Pac-10: USC (11-1)
Southeastern: LSU (12-1)

Other Participants
Oklahoma (12-1)
Ohio State (10-2)

The Matchups
Sugar Bowl: (2) LSU 21, (1) Oklahoma 14
Orange Bowl: (9) Miami 16, (7) Florida State 14
Rose Bowl: (3) USC 28, (4) Michigan 14
Fiesta Bowl: (5) Ohio State 35, (10) Kansas State 28


2004 Regular Season

Three teams won BCS bowl games to complete undefeated seasons. Top-ranked Southern California won the national champion with a smashing victory over No. 2 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Sugar Bowl champion Auburn finished second in the coaches' and writers' polls. Utah, the first Mountain West Conference member to play in a BCS bowl, capped its season with a victory over Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Virginia Tech (10-2)
Big East: Pittsburgh (8-3)
Big Ten: Michigan (9-2)
Big 12: Oklahoma (12-0)
Pac-10: Southern California (12-0)
Southeastern: Auburn (12-0)

Other Participants
Texas (10-1)
Utah (11-0)

The Matchups
Orange Bowl: (1) Southern California 55, (2) Oklahoma 19
Sugar Bowl: (3) Auburn 16, (8) Virginia Tech 13
Rose Bowl: (4) Texas 38, (13) Michigan 37
Fiesta Bowl: (6) Utah 35, (21) Pittsburgh 7


2005 Regular Season

In a matchup that was anticipated all season, No. 2 Texas won the national championship with a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over top-ranked Southern California in the Rose Bowl. Texas and USC were the only Division I-A teams to finish the regular season undefeated, and held the top two spots in the BCS standings all year. Penn State and Florida State played the first triple overtime game in BCS history, with Penn State pulling out a 26-23 victory in the Orange Bowl. West Virginia made its first BCS appearance and defeated Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, which was played in Atlanta in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Automatic-Qualifying Conference Champions
Atlantic Coast: Florida State (8-4)
Big East: West Virginia (10-1)
Big Ten: Penn State (10-1)
Big 12: Texas (12-0)
Pac-10: Southern California (12-0)
Southeastern: Georgia (10-2)

Other Participants
Ohio State (9-2)
Notre Dame (9-2)

The Matchups
Rose Bowl: (2) Texas 41, (1) Southern California 38
Orange Bowl: (3) Penn State 26, (22) Florida State 23, 3 OT
Sugar Bowl: (11) West Virginia 38, (7) Georgia 35
Fiesta Bowl: (4) Ohio State 34, (6) Notre Dame 20


*All records are prior to bowl games.

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