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The 5 Biggest BCS National Championship Game Snubs

At the end of the 2014-2015 season, we will finally get what we've all been waiting for - the inaugural College Football Playoff - which will feature four teams. Can I get an amen? The 16-year BCS era and all of its controversies have quickly been reduced to the record books.

But that doesn't mean that players, coaches and fans don't still have some gripes with how the system played out. While the last few years of the BCS featured little commotion, there were a number of scenarios over the course of the era that showed great flaws in the overall structure of the postseason format.

We decided to take a look at (and rank) the five biggest BCS National Championship Game snubs. 

2001 Oregon:The Ducks had only one loss in the regular season and it was in October against their rival Stanford in a shootout, 49-42. Nebraska, previously undefeated, lost its final regular season game to Colorado badly, letting the Buffaloes score 62 points in a blowout. Oregon finished No. 2 in the polls, and Nebraska finished No. 4.

But when the BCS made its selection for the Rose Bowl (the BCS title game that year) it was the Cornhuskers, not the Ducks, that were invited. Nebraska was destroyed by Miami (FL) while the Ducks easily took down Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. Oregon fans still believe they had every right in the world to claim they should have been invited the big game over the 'Huskers.

2008 Utah:The Utes, who started the season off with a surprise win at Michigan, won a number of other respectable games too during the 2008 campaign - over Oregon State, TCU and BYU. But the BCS computers weren't fans of their schedule, and Utah finished behind six teams that had losses - Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, USC and Penn State. 

Thankfully, they were given a Sugar Bowl invitation to play mighty Alabama, which sat at No. 4. As we all know, the Utes pulled one of the greatest upsets in BCS bowl history, leading many to speculate that perhaps they should have been playing in the national championship game instead.

2008 Texas:Two teams from 2008? Yep. The Longhorns, with a 7-1 in-conference record, finished in a three-way tie with Texas Tech and Oklahoma in the Big 12 South. Texas had beaten Oklahoma, who had beaten Texas Tech, who had beaten the Longhorns. The Sooners were chosen to represent their half of the conference in the title game against Missouri after a tiebreaker (BCS rank) was applied, but it wasn't without controversy.

Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, Texas sat in second place in the BCS standings while Oklahoma took third. The Longhorns crushed Texas A&M 49-9, staking their claim. Oklahoma knocked off No. 11 Oklahoma State, 61-41, matching the Longhorns. When it was all said and done, OU jumped UT in the BCS standings. went on to play Missouri and got a shot at the national title game. They lost to Florida, of course.

2004 Auburn:The Tigers went undefeated in 2004 but didn't play for a BCS title. That's right, a team from the SEC did not lose a single game all year and still wasn't invited to play for all the marbles. Nowadays, that seems laughable. But that was before the conference was far-and-away considered the best in the land.

The problem? Oklahoma and USC, two teams that won almost all of their games in blowout fashion, went undefeated, too. Auburn was the odd man out. The Trojans blew out the Sooners, 55-19, leading many to speculate that the Tigers may have deserved a shot at the title. Oddly enough, there is no champion listed in the record books for 2004 - USC had to vacate its victories after the whole Reggie Bush scandal surfaced.

2003 USC:The BCS was created, in part, to solve the issue of having split national champions. In 2003, the system flat out did not work. Three teams - USC, LSU and Oklahoma, all had one loss each. USC lost to Cal in a three-overtime game in September. LSU lost to Florida in early October. Oklahoma lost to Kansas State, badly, in the Big 12 title game.

Somehow, the Sooners were given the nod, despite not winning their own conference. They matched up against LSU, who knocked them off in the Sugar Bowl, 21-14. USC, which won the AP national title, defeated Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Trojans fans still don't understand how it's possible that they were left out - neither do we.