Ding-Dong. The BCS era is (just about) dead.
The controversial system that has provided the national title matchup for 16 seasons is coming to an end. The four-team playoff is ushered in for the 2014 season.
Georgia played in three BCS bowl games: the Sugar Bowls in the 2002 season (26-13 win over Florida State), 2005 (38-35 loss to West Virginia) and 2007 (41-10 win over Hawaii.).
Fifteen different schools reached the BCS title game. Georgia was not one of them, but came five yards away in 2012.
“Oh, yeah, everybody wants that,” Richt said about a BCS national title before the 2008 season when Georgia was ranked preseason No. 1. “But it’s not going to define my life. I guess it’s up to other people to decide how it might define my career.”
Richt coached in the first three BCS title games at Florida State as offensive coordinator before coming to Georgia. He won a national title with the Seminoles in 1999 and pre-BCS in 1993.
SEC teams can make it eight straight national titles if Auburn can beat Florida State.
There have been 11 appearances in all by five different SEC teams. They have walked away with nine of the BCS championships.
National titles were won by Tennessee (1998), LSU (2003, 2007), Florida (2006, 2008), Alabama (2009, 2011, 2012) and Auburn (2010).
A few memorable moments in the BCS era for Georgia:
–“Anybody want to talk about Georgia Tech?” That’s what Mark Richt said after some silence on his Sunday teleconference in 2012 after some BCS focused questions for his team that needed just two wins to make the BCS national title game. Losses by unbeaten Kansas State and Oregon put the Bulldogs in position to control its destiny.
–Sugar is consolation. Georgia got Florida State in the Sugar Bowl after finishing No. 3 in the BCS standings behind Miami and Ohio State. Richt coached against his mentor, Bobby Bowden and won, 26-13.
–Lobbying hard. Georgia set up a late night teleconference for Richt to make Georgia’s case in 2007 after West Virginia and Missouri lost, but to no avail. The Bulldogs finished fifth in the BCS standings.
“I do believe that all the media who had the voice, who had the ears of the nation and the voters, they basically disqualified us and Kansas,” Richt said. “It’s a very, very imperfect system. It becomes a beauty contest at a certain point.”
Here’s how Georgia finished in the BCS standings each year:
All-time high position: 1998: 3 on Oct. 26, 2002, 3 on Dec. 2 and 8. 2012: 3 on Nov. 18 and 25.
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