Saturday, August 17, 2013

College football 101: BCS begins

Each week, we'll take a look back at some of the most memorable games, moments and storylines in college football history. Here we go:

1998: The Bowl Championship Series (you might have heard of it) is launched in an effort to have the Nos. 1 and 2 teams play at the end of the season for the national championship. How the two teams were determined caused much of the controversy. The criteria seemed to complicate matters and confuse the fans. The first BCS plan employed a four-point plan: a combined tally of the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches poll; a combination of  computer polls from Jeff Sagarin, The New York Times and Seattle Times; a strength of schedule formula; and a team's number of losses. Also in 1998, Ohio State is the preseason No. 1 team in the AP poll, but the bigger news is the eligibility of star linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer, who eventually received passing summer school grades and played his entire junior season.  

1968: Ohio State's "Super Sophomores" that helped the Buckeyes win the '68 national championship were a relative unknown heading into the season. OSU was ranked No. 9 in the preseason with fellow Big Ten member Purdue winning the the preseason top spot over No. 2 Southern California, 584-536.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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