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  • 08:22 PM ET  12.02

Chris WellsSo this is how we'll end a season marred by 13 top-five teams falling to unranked opponents? This will be the culmination of a year that's seen seven No. 2s stumble? We're back to the two teams that held the No. 1 ranking longer than anyone else?

Parity be damned.

After the dust settled, it's Ohio State and LSU that finished Nos. 1 and 2 in the final BCS standings to earn a spot in the national championship game Jan. 7 in the Superdome -- though there are a few other teams that will argue that all you have to do is take the C out of BCS to sum up their feelings on the subject.

Georgia (10-2), Kansas (11-1), Virginia Tech (11-2), USC (10-2) and Oklahoma (11-2) could all make cases why they should be prepping for a title shot. While Ohio State was a logical winner in Saturday's losses by No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia, sliding up from No. 3 to the top spot, LSU's rise is bound to ruffle some feathers.

But the Tigers' body of work, which includes a conference title (something the Bulldogs and Jayhawks are missing), a 41-point drubbing of ACC champ Virginia Tech and two losses against winning teams in triple OT (USC lost to 4-8 Stanford, Oklahoma fell to 6-6 Colorado) -- was enough to get the support of voters and earn them a date with Chris Wells (right) and the Buckeyes.

Unfair? What would a season in the BCS era be without a huge helping of chaos?

Here's the matchups for the BCS bowls:

BCS National Championship Game
Jan. 7, New Orleans
No. 1 Ohio State (11-1) vs. No. 2 LSU (11-2)

Orange Bowl
Jan. 3, Miami
Virginia Tech (11-2) vs. Kansas (11-1)

Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 2, Tempe, Ariz.
Oklahoma (11-2) vs. West Virginia (10-2)

Sugar Bowl
Jan. 1, New Orleans
Georgia (10-2) vs. Hawaii (12-0)

Rose Bowl
Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif.
USC (10-2) vs. Illinois (9-3)

So what's your take, did the BCS get it right or should someone else be playing for the national title?

 

 

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