College football teams of the BCS era that wish there was a playoff
Many great college football teams have been left out of the national championship game. Here are 10 of the best that may have won it all if there was a playoff during the BCS era. By Louis Ojeda Jr. / FOX Sports Southwest
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2010 TCU Horned Frogs: 13-0
The Horned Frogs have always been a strong football program under coach Gary Patterson, but they weren't considered a serious national title contender before joining the Big 12 in 2012. The 2010 TCU team dominated the Mountain West Conference and beat No. 4 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl with tough defense. The Horned Frogs finished No. 2 in the polls after Auburn defeated Oregon in the BCS title game.
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1998 Kansas State Wildcats: 11-2
Kansas State was one win away from playing for the national championship in 1998 after finishing the regular season 11-0. But not only did a triple overtime loss to Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship Game knock the Wildcats out of the national title game, but they were left out of the BCS bowl picture entirely despite being ranked No. 3. K-State put on an uninspired performance in the Alamo Bowl, losing to a Drew Brees-led Purdue team.
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2008 Utah Utes: 13-0
Before joining the Pac-12, Utah was an annual BCS buster. They were the first to do it in 2004 with a win over Pitt in the Fiesta Bowl, but it was an even bigger shock in 2008 when the Utes dominated No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Don't forget they also kicked off the season with a win over No. 24 Michigan in the Big House.
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2006 Boise State Broncos: 13-0
Nobody believed Boise State was a legitimate national title contender after finishing the 2006 regular season without a win over a ranked team on its unblemished resume. But after the Broncos stunned No. 10 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, maybe they were deserving of a shot at another powerhouse program for the title. Boise State delivered arguably the most exciting end to a football game with its overtime win over the Sooners.
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2007 Missouri Tigers: 12-2
Despite losing a mid-October showdown with Oklahoma, Chase Daniel and the Tigers finished the regular season No. 1 in all the polls. But the Sooners crushed their dreams again in the Big 12 Championship Game, 38-17. That dropped Mizzou out of the national title picture, and what's worse is rival Kansas got a BCS invite instead. The Tigers went on to destroy Arkansas 38-7 in the Cotton Bowl.
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2011 Oklahoma State Cowboys: 12-1
Oklahoma State was an offensive machine in 2011. But on a cold night in late November, the Cowboys were stunned in double overtime by unranked Iowa State. The one-loss Big 12 champions were left out of the BCS title game. Instead, Alabama won a rematch with LSU for the crown. The Cowboys would have offered a much more entertaining matchup than the 21-0 SEC defensive battle.
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2000 Miami Hurricanes: 11-1
The 2000 Hurricanes suffered a road loss to No. 15 Washington in Week 2 but were perfect the rest of the way, including a 27-24 win over No. 1 Florida State in early October. But despite being ranked No. 2 in both the AP and Coaches' polls at then end of the regular season, it was the No. 3 Seminoles that got to play for the BCS national championship. Miami went undefeated the following season.
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2008 Texas Longhorns: 12-1
Texas knocked off three highly ranked teams in Oct. 2008, including an upset of No. 1 Oklahoma. But after a stunning last-second loss to No. 7 Texas Tech the first weekend of November, the Longhorns no longer controlled their own destiny. BCS rankings broke a three-way tie in the Big 12 South, which went in favor of the Sooners. Texas was left out of the conference and national title games. Heisman Trophy runner-up Colt McCoy and the Longhorns beat No. 10 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
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2003 USC Trojans: 12-1
The door was open in 2003 for all the one-loss teams after No. 1 Oklahoma was stunned in the Big 12 Championship Game by Kansas State. But even a 35-7 blowout loss wasn't enough to keep the Sooners out of the BCS title game at the Sugar Bowl. A triple overtime thriller against Cal was USC's lone defeat of the season. The Trojans were named AP National Champions after beating No. 4 Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
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2004 Auburn Tigers: 13-0
Auburn was perfect in the 2004 regular season, but so were Oklahoma and USC. Despite going undefeated in the brutal SEC, the Tigers were unable to jump the Sooners and Trojans in the polls. Edging No. 9 Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl wasn't good enough either as USC was the unanimous national champion after Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and the Trojans crushed Oklahoma 55-19. Auburn still didn't get the honor after USC's title was later vacated.