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The Bowl Championship Series

Can't figure out how college football chooses its champion? In this category, we'll explain the convoluted and controversial Bowl Championship Series, or BCS -- its origins, its evolution and its future.
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2014 Pac-12 Preview: Part I
2014 Pac-12 football preview, Part I.

2014 Ohio State Football Preview
2014 Ohio State Football Preview

2014 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Preview
2014 Alabama football preview.

2014 Michigan State Football Preview
2014 Michigan State football preview.

2014 Penn State Football Preview
2014 Penn State football preview.

2014 BCS National Championship Preview
A complete preview and prediction for the 2014 BCS National Championship Game.

Talking Points: The Championship Week Edition
College football talking points in advance of college football 2014's big championship weekend.

Talking Points: Week 14
A recap of all of the action from college football 2013's Week 14.

Games Worth Watching: Week 14
Predictions for all of the biggest games in college football 2013's Week 14.

2012 College Football Preseason Top 25
The Alabama Crimson Tide enter the 2013 college football season as favorites to win yet another national title.

2013 Games Worth Watching: Week 13
Predictions for all of the biggest games in college football 2013's week 13.

Talking Points: Week 12
A complete recap of all the action from college football 2013's Week 12.

Games Worth Watching: Week 12
Predictions for all of the biggest games for college football 2013's Week 12.

Talking Points: Week 11
A complete recap of all the action from college football 2013's Week 11.

2013 Games Worth Watching: Week 11
Predictions for all of the biggest games in college football 2013's Week 11.

Talking Points: Week 10
A complete recap of all the action from college football 2013's Week 10

College Football Talking Points: Week 9
A complete recap of all the action from college football 2013's Week 9.

2013 Games Worth Watching: Week 10
Predictions for all of the biggest games in college football 2013's Week 10.

Games Worth Watching: Week 9
Predictions for all of the biggest games in college football 2013's Week 9.

Talking Points: Week 8
A complete recap of all of the action from college football 2013's Week 8.

2013 Games Worth Watching: Week 8
Predictions for college football 2013's Week 8.

College Football Talking Points: Week 6
A complete recap of all of the action from college football 2013's Week 6.

2013 Games Worth Watching, Week 6
Predictions for all of the biggest games in college football 2013's Week 6.

Talking Points: Week 5
A complete recap of all of the action from college football 2013's Week 5.

College Football 2013: Games Worth Watching, Week 5
Predictions for all of the biggest games in college football 2013's Week 5.

Talking Points: Week 4
A complete recap of all of the action from college football 2013's Week 4.

2013 Games Worth Watching, Week 4
Predictions for college football 2013's Week 4.

Talking Points: Week 3
A complete wrap-up of all of the action from college football 2013's Week 3.

2013 Games Worth Watching, Week 3
Picks and predictions for college football 2013's Week 3.

Talking Points: Week 2
A complete look back at all of the action from college football 2013's Week 2.

2013 Games Worth Watching, Week 2
Predictions for all of the biggest games for Week 2 of the 2013 college football season.

Talking Points: Week 1
A look back at all the action from college football 2013's Week 1.

College Football 2013: The Award Winners, Part II
Who will be the surprise team of the 2013 season? Who will play for the national title?

College Football 2013 Preview: The Award Winners
Who will win the Heisman Trophy in 2013? Who will be coach of the year?

2013 Kirk Ferentz Preseason Media Address
During Big Ten media days, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz discussed a variety of topics in advance of the season to come.

2013 Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman Press Conference
Highlights from Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman's address at the 2013 Big Ten Media Days.

Game of the Week: Georgia vs. Clemson
College Football 2013: Game of the Week -- Week 1: Georgia vs. Clemson

College Football 2013: Games Worth Watching, Week 1
Picks and predictions for college football 2013's Week 1.

College Football in Focus: Jadeveon Clowney
Just how good is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney?

College Football in Focus: Nick Saban
Just how long can Nick Saban keep the Crimson Tide atop the college football world?

College Football in Focus: Urban Meyer
Will off-the-field troubles derail the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2013?

2013 MAC Football Schedule
The complete 2013 football schedule for the Mid-American Conference.

2013 Sun Belt Conference Football Schedule
The complete schedule for the 2013 Sun Belt Conference college football season.

2013 Clemson Football Preview
2013 Clemson Football Preview

2013 USC Football Preview
The 2013 college football preview capsule for the USC Trojans.

2013 Michigan State Football Preview
College football preview capsule for the 2013 Michigan State Spartans.

2013 Penn State Football Preview
2013 Penn State Football Preview

2013 Michigan Football Preview
2013 Michigan Football Preview

2013 Wisconsin Football Preview
2013 Wisconsin Football Preview

2013 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Preview
2013 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Preview

2013 Ohio State Football Preview
College football preview capsule for the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes.

2013 Notre Dame Football Preview
The 2013 college football preview capsule for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

2013 Big Ten Leaders Division Preview
Just how good is Ohio State? Does anyone else have a chance?

2013 SEC East Preview
Is Florida on the cusp of greatness? Can Tennessee bounce back?

2013 College Football Questions & Answers: The SEC West Edition
Can Auburn bounce back? How far will LSU fall? Is Ole Miss legit?

2013 College Football Questions & Answers: The Big Ten Edition
These are dark times for the Big Ten. Are better days ahead?

2013 College Football Questions & Answers: The Penn State Edition
Bill O'Brien was a miracle worker for the Nittany Lions in 2012. But what happens now?

2013 College Football Questions & Answers: The Notre Dame Edition
Can Notre Dame put together another dream season and make it back to the BCS national title game in 2013?

2013 College Football Questions & Answers: The Alabama Edition
In Part I of our 2013 season preview, we take a look at the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Questions & Answers: College Football 2012 In Review
A look back at some of the biggest storylines of the 2012 college football season.

2012-2013 BCS National Championship Preview, Part II
Part II of our preview for the 2012-2013 BCS National Championship Game.

2012-2013 BCS National Championship Game Preview, Part I
A preview of the 2012-2013 BCS National Championship Game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Notre Dame.

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 14
A complete recap of all of the excitement from college football 2012's Week 14.

2012 College Football Picks, Week 14
Picks and predictions for college football 2012's big Championship Weekend.

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 13
A complete recap of all the action from college football 2012's Week 13.

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 12
A complete recap of all the action from college football 2012's Week 12.

2012 College Football Picks, Week 12
Picks and predictions for college football 2012's Week 12.

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 11
A complete wrap-up of all the action from college football 2012's Week 11.

2012 College Football Picks, Week 11
College Football 2012 Week 11 Picks

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 10
A complete recap of all the action from college football 2012's Week 10.

2012 College Football Picks, Week 10
Picks and predictions for all of the biggest games in college football 2012's Week 10.

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 9
A complete wrap-up of all the action from college football 2012's Week 9.

2012 College Football Picks, Week 9
Picks and predictions for college football 2012's Week 9.

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 8
A complete recap of all the action from college football 2012's Week 8.

2012 College Football Picks, Week 8
Picks and predictions for college football 2012's Week 8.

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 7
A complete recap of all the action from college football 2012's Week 7.

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 6
A complete recap of all of the action from college football 2012's Week 6.

2012 College Football Picks, Week 6
Picks and predictions for college football 2012's big Week 6.

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 5
A complete wrap-up of all of the action from college football 2012's Week 5.

College Football 2012 Picks, Week 5
College Football 2012 Picks, Week 5

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 4
College Football 2012 Week 4 Recap

College Football 2012 Picks, Week 4
College Football 2012 Picks Week 4

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 3
A complete recap of all the action from college football 2012's Week 3.

2012 College Football Picks, Week 3
Picks and predictions for Week 3 of college football's 2012 season.

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 2
A look back at all of the action from college football's 2012 Week 2.

2012 College Football Picks, Week 2
Picks and predictions for Week 2 of the 2012 college football season from About.com's Tim Hyland.

Sunday Morning Observations, Week 1
A complete wrap-up of all the action from college football 2012's Week 1.

Three Questions: 2012 Notre Dame
The 2012 Notre Dame football preview from About.com

2012 College Football Picks, Week 1
Picks and predictions for Week 1 of the 2012 college football season.

Three Questions: The 2012 Pac-12 Edition
2012 Pac-12 Football Preview

Three Questions: The 2012 SEC Edition
Three questions and three answers about the 2012 SEC football season.

Three Questions: The Big Ten Edition
Three questions and answers about the 2012 Big Ten football season.

Reaction to College Football's Playoff Announcment
Reaction from around the nation after the powers-that-be in college football announced that the sport would adopt a playoff system starting with the 2014 season.

2012 College Football APR Scores
College football's Academic Progress Rate (APR) is merely a curiosity now--some for some college football programs to brag about, and something that others have to somehow explain away. In the future, it will loom a great deal larger over the college football world; indeed, a school's APR starting in 2012-2013 could bring tougher penalties than...

College Football Questions & Answers: The Playoff Edition, Vol. 4
How will teams be selected for the college football playoff field?

College Football Questions & Answers: The Playoff Edition, Vol. 3
How will the new SEC-Big 12 bowl agreement impact the college football playoff debate?

College Football Questions & Answers: The Playoff Edition, Vol. 1
This much seems certain: Very soon, college football will have a playoff system. But how that playoff will look, and how it will effect the game, remains unknown.

College Football Questions & Answers: The Playoff Edition, Vol. 2
In Vol. 2 of our special two-part playoff edition of College Football Questions & Answers, we explore more of the issues surrounding college football's move toward the adoption of a playoff system.

College Football Questions & Answers: Gunner Kiel, Mike Leach, Temple Goes Home
In this issue of College Football Questions & Answers for the 2012 season, we take a look at the quarterback competition at Notre Dame, the dawn of the Mike Leach era at Washington State and Temple's return to its old home, the Big East.

2012 College Football Spring Game Schedule
A complete schedule of college football's spring games for 2012.

Larry Scott: College Football Eyeing Playoff System
Well, playoff proponents. It appears your dream (potentially flawed though it may be) could soon become reality.

2012 College Football Questions & Answers, Edition 2
The second offseason edition of College Football Questions & Answers for 2012.

College Football's BCS National Champions
The Bowl Championship Series hasn’t always worked perfectly, though there’s no denying that it’s done exactly what it promised: Decide the national championship on the field. See the complete list of each of college football’s BCS-era national champions here.

2010 College Football Power Rankings
I ve been saying it for months now: Boise State is the best team in the country. With the debate about their qualifications as a national title contender raging all around them, the Broncos calmly took the field Monday night against Virginia Tech and did what they almost always do: Win Quarterback Kellen Moore led a beautiful...

Top 10 Questions for College Football in 2010
Can Rich Rodriguez save his job? Can Brian Kelly revitalize Notre Dame? And can Urban Meyer survive without Tim Tebow? With spring practice now under way, those are three of the biggest questions facing the college football world in 2010. Here, I ll try to answer those questions and seven more as we look forward to those always entertaining spring games in April.

Conference Power Rankings
Conference pride matters in college football. But which conference in best? Well, it’s hard to say. But I’m going to try anyway. Each week in this space, I’ll rank the BCS conferences from best to worst, based on the performance of each conference member, both good and bad.

The Bowl Championship Series: Hits and Misses
Ten years ago, the powers that be in college football gave us the BCS. See how this system has succeeded -- and failed -- since its 1998 launch.

2013 SEC Football Schedule
The complete SEC football schedule for the 2013 season.

2013 Pac-12 Football Schedule
The complete Pac-12 football schedule for the 2013 season.

2012 Big 12 Football Schedule
The complete Big 12 football schedule for the 2013 season.

2013 ACC Football Schedule
The complete ACC football schedule for the 2013 season.

2013 Big Ten Football Schedule
The complete Big Ten football schedule for the 2013 season.

College Football Questions & Answers: LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State and Ohio State
The first in a series of question-and-answer pieces previewing the 2012 season of college football.

2013 National Signing Day Recap
A look at all of the biggest storylines from college football's 2013 National Signing Day.

2013 Big East Football Schedule
The complete 2013 football schedule for the Big East conference.

2013 Northwestern Wildcats Preview
2013 Northwestern Wildcats Football Preview

2013 Louisville Cardinals Preview
A preview capsule for the Louisville Cardinals for the 2013 college football season.

2013 Texas Longhorns Preview
2013 Texas Longhorns Football Preview

2013 Nebraska Football Preview
A capsule preview for the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the 2013 college football season.

2013 LSU Tigers Preview
A capsule preview for the LSU Tigers for the 2013 college football season.

2013 Oklahoma Sooners Preview
A capsule preview for the Oklahoma Sooners for the 2013 college football season.

2013 Boise State Preview
A capsule preview of the Boise State Broncos for the 2013 college football season.

2013 Texas A&M Football Preview
2013 Texas A&M Football Preview

2013 Oregon Football Preview
2013 Oregon Football Preview

2013 Georgia Football Preview
2013 Georgia Football Preview

2013 Stanford Football Preview
2013 Stanford Football Preview

2013 Florida State Football Preview
2013 Florida State Football Preview

2013 South Carolina Football Preview
2013 South Carolina Football Preview

2013 Vanderbilt Football Preview
2013 Vanderbilt Football Preview

The Bowl Championship Series: Official Site
The Bowl Championship Series is college football's controversial means of choosing a national champion. Get all of the official details here.

2014 Big Ten Football Preview: Part I
Can the Big Ten make a leap forward in 2014? Can anyone challenge Ohio State for league supremacy? We answer those questions and more, in Part I of our two-part Big Ten preview for the 2014 season.

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