2001: NEBRASKA JUMPS OREGON AND COLORADO
• Despite not winning their own conference and being ranked no. 4, the Cornhuskers played in the national championship game after the '01 season, losing to Miami 37-14 in a game that wasn't even that close. The two teams that Nebraska jumped in the polls, Colorado (who beat the 'Huskers for the Big 12 chip) and Oregon, played in the Fiesta Bowl, with Oregon winning easily, 38-16. Not that either team could've beaten the 'Canes that year, which brings us to...
2000: FLORIDA STATE JUMPS MIAMI AND WASHINGTON
• At the end of the 2000 regular season the BCS had a clear no. 1 team to play in its championship, the 12-0 Oklahoma Sooners, with three one-loss teams as possible opponents: Florida State, Miami and Washington. Miami was ranked no. 2 in the country, having beaten Florida State and losing to Washington early in the year on the road. Washington's lone loss came on the road to a 10-2 Oregon team. But the second spot in the championship game went to FSU, not to the Miami team that had beaten them, or Washington, the team that had beaten the 'Canes. Of course FSU was hammered by Oklahoma while UM and UW went on to convincing wins. So how many BCS execs does it take to screw in a light bulb?