The end of a controversial era concludes Monday night, as the Bowl Championship Series concludes with Florida State University, the top-ranked college football team, facing off against Auburn University, the No. 2 team. Though it lacks the high-profile, $4 million dollar 30-second commercials and the legitimization of bold Roman numerals, the BCS National Championship is the closest thing college football had to the Super Bowl. But all that is coming to an end Monday when the oft-maligned bowl system gets left behind for a playoff-based schedule beginning next year.
However, not everyone is heartbroken over the BCS's swan song. In fact, many have called for the termination of what has been described as "a flawed system," according to Ohio State University coach Urban Meyers back in November.
He told ESPN.com that the system by which teams are selected for the BCS was unfair for to his team along with many others.
The BCS controversy arises out of the way teams are selected. Polls and computers determine team rankings and those teams with similar rankings play one another. So the two teams that play in the BCS National Championship game are determined by the American Football Coaches Association.
Monday night could turn into a final example of why so many criticized the existing system if it ends up lopsided.
"The BCS managed to do one helpful thing: By disentangling conferences from their traditional bowl lineups, it allowed for a potential meeting of an undisputed top two teams for the title. But how often did that happen?" said Tom Dowd, a sports reporter for the Staten Island Advance, wrote in his Monday column.
But despite its flaws, the BCS is still recognized for having propelled college football forward, making it the national sensation it has become.
The very same Meyers who condemned the BCS as "flawed" also recognized its facilitation of college football as a whole.
"When you logically think about what the BCS people have done, and which obviously we're all part of, I think it was great for a while. I think you take an imperfect system and you do the best you can without hosting a playoff," Meyers said.
Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS said despite some teams finding the format of the BCS to be biased, it fulfilled its mission of giving college teams the opportunity to compete.
"I feel like the BCS did everything that it was suppose to do and more and that history will remember it as being very good for college football," he said to the Orlando Sentinel.
BCS will be replaced by a four-team playoff starting the 2014-2015 college football season, named the College Football Playoff.