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The 10 Worst BCS Performances
10. 2011 Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma 48 UConn 20- UConn is probably the worst team to participate in a BCS Game and probably should have been in a much lesser bowl. The Huskies weren't even in the BCS top 25 entering this game, but since they won The Big East they were able to get the bid. To make things worse, the Huskies only sold about 3,500 tickets to the Fiesta Bowl. Oklahoma, who had struggled in their last few BCS appearances, had no trouble with the Huskies. UConn did very little on offense and their only TDs were on a kickoff return and an interception return.
9. 2008 Rose Bowl Southern Cal 49 Illinois 17- The 2007 season was a crazy one that saw lots of upsets. The only one upset in this game was Illinois Coach Ron Zook. The Illini defense allowed a Rose Bowl record 633 yards of total offense. Southern Cal led 21-0 early and never let Illinois into the game. John David Booty was named the game's MVP.
8. 2007 BCS Championship Game Florida 41 Ohio State 14- Entering the game many thought that this game should have featured a rematch between Ohio State and Michigan for the National Championship. Florida, with a 38-28 win over Arkansas in the SEC Championship ended up with the #2 BCS Ranking and they showed they deserved it. Ohio State jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when Ted Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a TD, but it was all Gators after that. At half Florida led 34-14 and really just ate up the clock in the 2nd half to come away with the school's 2nd National Championship
7. 2007 Sugar Bowl LSU 41 Notre Dame 14- The Sugar Bowl returned to New Orleans, a year after Katrina. With just over 2 minutes left in the half, the Irish tied the game at 14 and it looked like we were in for a thriller. But QB JaMarcus Russell put on a show starting with a quick TD drive to close the half and from then on the Tigers rolled to a 41-14 win. This game helped push Russell to a #1 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
6. 2005 Fiesta Bowl Utah 35 Pitt 7- Urban Meyer's Utes had no trouble beating the Big East Champs in this game to finish the year undefeated. Utah led at one point 28-0 in the 3rd quarter and held back the offense in the 4th quarter. This was the first BCS Game to feature a team from a Non AQ Conference, as at the time Utah was a member of the Mountain West Conference.
5. 2002 Orange Bowl Florida 56 Maryland 23- Heisman Runner-up Rex Grossman missed the first 6 series of this game, but it didn't matter. Florida still was able to whip the ACC Champs. Grossman did come in midway through the 2nd quarter and complete 20-28 passes for 248 yards and 4 TDs. This would be the last game for Steve Spurrier at Florida.
4. 2001 Fiesta Bowl Oregon State 41 Notre Dame 9-This game was actually within reach at halftime with the Beavers leading 12-3. Then in the 3rd quarter Dennis Erickson's Beavers scored 29 points in an 8 minute stretch to put the game away. Jonathan Smith, who threw for 305 yards and 3 TDs, was named the MVP.
3. Florida 51 Cincinnati 24- Cincinnati entered this game undefeated and ranked #4, but head coach Brian Kelly
had left a few weeks prior to the game to take the Notre Dame job. Florida had just lost their chance at a National Championship with a loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. The score was actually closer than the game was. Florida opened with a 35-7 halftime lead and had it not called off the horses in the 4th quarter, they could have won this game by much more. Tim Tebow ended the game with 482 yards passing and 533 total yards, both BCS records.
2. 2005 Orange Bowl Southern Cal 55 Oklahoma 19- This game was for the 2004 National Championship. An undefeated Auburn home was left out of the game with a BCS ranking of #3. Oklahoma did nothing to help their case that they belonged in this game by turning the ball over 5 times and allowing Heisman Winner Matt Leinart threw 5 TD passes in the win.
1. 2012 Orange Bowl West Virginia 70 Clemson 33- Despite only going 2-3 in their last 5 games, Clemson was the pick to win this game by most experts. WVU was one of the lowest ranked BCS participants ever and had struggled at times in 2011 adjusting to a new head coach. Clemson jumped out to an early lead and it looked like the Tigers might roll, but a 35 point 2nd quarter put WVU up 49-20 at halftime. The 3rd quarter saw 2 quick TDs by WVU and early in the 2nd half Clemson trailed 63-20. This game could have been far worse than it was, but WVU got very basic in the 4th quarter and went away from their fast pace attack.