Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Classic final proper farewell for dear BCS
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
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Auburn linebacker LaDarius Owens grabs Florida State running back Devonta Freeman's face mask. (Photo by Stephen Gross)
Auburn linebacker LaDarius Owens grabs Florida State running back Devonta Freeman's face mask. (Photo by Stephen Gross)
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PASADENA, Calif. -- Bye, Bowl Championship Series, and congratulations.

You weren’t such a bad system, and you deserved the sendoff you got in top-ranked Florida State’s dramatic, 34-31 victory over No. 2 Auburn in Monday’s final BCS final.

Anyone being fair-minded acknowledges that the controversial BCS formula did its job during most of its 16 years. The system designed to pick the two teams to play in a national-championship game usually got it right, regardless of whether every fan base came away satisfied.

For 2013, the final season of the BCS, the formula clearly got it right. The two best teams played for the national championship and acquitted themselves in the Rose Bowl.

Florida State, the lone major-conference unbeaten and a team that dominated its schedule, won.

Auburn, one-loss champion of the conference that has produced the past seven national champions, didn’t allow the Seminoles dominance. The Tigers led 21-3, lost the lead, regained it then lost it with 13 seconds to play.

Things might not have ended well for the BCS. If Michigan State didn’t upset Ohio State in the Big Ten final, then the final game wouldn’t have pitted the top two teams and might not have produced such a classic.

But that’s the funny thing about the BCS. Most years, it somehow managed to get it right.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Medley at jmedley@annistonstar.com.
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