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The BCS National Championship was the final game of the Bowl Championship Series. Designed to ensure the two best teams in the country play for a national championship, the BCS invoked criticism and controversy since its inception in 1998.

Based on a formula that includes strength of schedule, record, human and computer polls and has changed more than once, the game featured the AP No. 1 and No. 2 teams in 13 of its 16 seasons.

Then-SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer spearheaded the creation of the BCS, which will be replaced by a four-team playoff in the 2014 season.

SEASON WINNER LOSER SCORE STADIUM
1998 Tennessee Florida State 23-16 Sun Devil Stadium
1999 Florida State Virginia Tech 46-29 Louisiana Superdome
2000 Oklahoma Florida State 13-2 Pro Player Stadium
2001 Miami Nebraska 37-14 Rose Bowl
2002 Ohio State Miami 31-24 Sun Devil Stadium
2003 LSU Oklahoma 21-14 Louisiana Superdome
2004 USC* Oklahoma 55-19 Pro Player Stadium
2005 Texas USC 41-38 Rose Bowl
2006 Florida Ohio State 41-14 University of Phoenix Stadium
2007 LSU Ohio State 38-24 Louisiana Superdome
2008 Florida Oklahoma 24-14 Dolphin Stadium
2009 Alabama Texas 37-21 Rose Bowl
2010 Auburn Oregon 22-19 University of Phoenix Stadium
2011 Alabama LSU 21-0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome
2012 Alabama Notre Dame 42-14 Sun Life Stadium
2013 Florida State Auburn 34-31 Rose Bowl

*Vacated due to NCAA sanctions

The original Associated Press College Football Poll, organized by former SEC Assistant Director of Media Relations Charles Woodroof, tabbed Minnesota as champion in 1934.

The poll, determined by the votes of football media, resurfaced in 1936 and has existed each year since.

The AP released its final poll following the regular season (with one exception: 1965) until 1968, when it began to wait until the bowl season ended.

Without an official national championship for many decades, the media and the public began to recognize the No. 1 team in the final AP poll as the nation's best.

SEASON CHAMPIONS RECORD FIRST-PLACE VOTES RUNNER-UP
1934 Minnesota 6-0 50 of 65 Stanford
1936 Minnesota 7-1 25 of 35 LSU
1937 Pittsburgh 9-0-1 30 of 33 California
1938 TCU 10-0 55 of 77 Tennessee
1939 Texas A&M 10-0 55 of 108 Tennessee
1940 Minnesota 8-0 65 of 173 Stanford
1941 Minnesota 8-0 84.5 of 96 Duke
1942 Ohio State 9-1 84 of 156 Georgia
1943 Notre Dame 9-1 86 of 131 Iowa
1944 Army 9-0 95 of 121 Ohio State
1945 Army 9-0 115 of 116 Alabama
1946 Notre Dame 8-0-1 104.5 of 183 Army
1947 Notre Dame 9-0 107 of 142 Michigan
1948 Michigan 9-0 192 of 383 Notre Dame
1949 Notre Dame 9-0 172 of 208 Oklahoma
1950 Oklahoma 9-0 213 of 317 Army
1951 Tennessee 10-0 139 of 309 Michigan State
1952 Michigan State 9-0 207 of 270 Georgia Tech
1953 Maryland 10-0 187 of 378 Notre Dame
1954 Ohio State 9-0 204 of 409 UCLA
1955 Oklahoma 10-0 218 of 391 Michigan State
1956 Oklahoma 10-0 104 of 190 Tennessee
1957 Auburn 10-0 210 of 360 Ohio State
1958 LSU 10-0 130 of 201 Iowa
1959 Syracuse 10-0 134 of 201 Mississippi
1960 Minnesota 8-1 17.5 of 48 Mississippi
1961 Alabama 10-0 26 of 48 Ohio State
1962 USC 10-0 42 of 52 Wisconsin
1963 Texas 10-0 34 of 49 Navy
1964 Alabama 10-0 34.5 of 55 Arkansas
1965 Alabama 9-1-1 37 of 57 Michigan State
1966 Notre Dame 9-0-1 41 of 56 Michigan State
1967 USC 9-1 36 of 49 Tennessee
1968 Ohio State 10-0 44 of 49 Penn State
1969 Texas 11-0 36 of 45 Penn State
1970 Nebraska 11-0-1  39 of 52 Notre Dame
1971 Nebraska 13-0 55 of 55 Oklahoma
1972 USC 12-0 50 of 50 Oklahoma
1973 Notre Dame 11-0 33 of 60 Ohio State
1974 Oklahoma 11-0 51 of 59 USC
1975 Oklahoma 11-1 54.5 of 63 Arizona State
1976 Pittsburgh 12-0 59 of 62 USC
1977 Notre Dame 11-1 37.3 of 64 Alabama
1978 Alabama 11-1 38 of 58 USC
1979 Alabama 12-0 46 of 67 USC
1980 Georgia 12-0 58.5 of 63 Pittsburgh
1981 Clemson 12-0 47 of 49 Texas
1982 Penn State 11-1 44 of 55 SMU
1983 Miami 11-1 47.5 of 59 Nebraska
1984 BYU 13-0 38 of 60 Washington
1985 Oklahoma 11-1 55 of 57 Michigan
1986 Penn State 12-0 54 of 57 Miami
1987 Miami 12-0 57 of 57 Florida State
1988 Notre Dame 12-0 58.5 of 60 Miami
1989 Miami 11-1 38 of 59 Notre Dame
1990 Colorado 11-1-1 39 of 60 Georgia Tech
1991 Miami 12-0 32 of 60 Washington
1992 Alabama 13-0 62 of 62 Florida State
1993 Florida State 12-1 46 of 62 Notre Dame
1994 Nebraska 13-0 51.5 of 62 Penn State
1995 Nebraska 12-0 62 of 62 Florida
1996 Florida 12-1 65.5 of 67 Ohio State
1997 Michigan 12-0 51.5 of 70 Nebraska
1998 Tennessee 13-0 70 of 70 Ohio State
1999 Florida State 12-0 70 of 70 Virginia Tech
2000 Oklahoma 13-0 71 of 71 Miami
2001 Miami 12-0 72 of 72 Oregon
2002 Ohio State 14-0 71 of 71 Miami
2003 USC 12-1 48 of 65 LSU
2004 USC 13-0 62 of 65 Auburn
2005 Texas 13-0 65 of 65 USC
2006 Florida 13-1 64 of 65 Ohio State
2007 LSU 12-2 60 of 65 Georgia
2008 Florida 13-1 48 of 65 Utah
2009 Alabama 14-0 60 of 60 Texas
2010 Auburn 14-0 56 of 59 Oregon
2011 Alabama 12-1 55 of 59 LSU
2012 Alabama 13-1 59 of 59 Oregon
2013 Florida State 14-0 60 of 60 Auburn