PASADENA, Calif. — Monday night was the last dance for the Bowl Championship Series, which ended a 16-year run of deciding national championships with Florida State’s 34-31 win over Auburn at the Rose Bowl.
A four-team playoff system will begin in the 2014 season, with semifinal games in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl Jan. 1, 2015, followed by a championship game in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 12.
BCS director Bill Hancock, in his annual State of the BCS chat Monday morning, said no issues have popped up regarding the future of the College Football Playoff. And he reiterated that the importance of the regular season is being preserved.
“Please remember the success of the new system has to be built on regular-season games,’’ said Hancock. “But our goal right now is to be full-bore toward a playoff.”
The new format, which will have semifinal games at six rotating bowl sites — Pasadena, Arlington, Atlanta, Miami, Glendale, Ariz., and New Orleans — will create new controversies.
Had the CFP been in place this season, an argument over the No. 4 spot between Stanford, Michigan State, and Baylor no doubt would have caused a stir. A 13-member selection committee will handle such issues.
But Monday was the time to acknowledge the end of an era.
Hancock acknowledged the critics of the BCS, but said overall criticism should be muted.
“You can’t deny the growth of the game that started when the BCS came along,’’ said Hancock. “The creation of the BCS was one of the best things that ever happened to college football.’’
A big one
How big was this title game for the Atlantic Coast Conference?
Consider that the conference never had produced two BCS teams in the same season until 2011, when Virginia Tech played in the Sugar Bowl and Clemson played in the Orange Bowl. Both the Hokies and Tigers lost that season.
Florida State’s win Monday night, coupled with Clemson’s 40-35 win over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl Friday night, let the ACC pull off a 2-0 sweep.
The FSU victory also snapped a remarkable run of seven years in which the BCS title was won by an SEC team.
Honor for Winston
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston highlighted the freshman All-America team that was released by the Football Writers Association of America. Joining the Heisman Trophy winner on offense were Pittsburgh receiver Tyler Boyd, Arkansas running back Alex Collins, and his Razorbacks teammate, tight end Hunter Henry. The defense featured Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey. Auburn was represented by offensive lineman Alex Kozan . . . Gus Malzahn, who went 12-1 in his first regular season at Auburn (the team was 3-9 last season), was named the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year . . . Jimbo Fisher never has lost a bowl game as coach of the Seminoles (4-0) . . . Florida State entered leading the country in red-zone offense and scoring defense . . . Auburn led the nation in rushing at 335.7 yards per game.