Welcome to the final year of the Bowl Championship Series.
(Pause for celebration.)
The season hasn't started, yet a controversial ending is already easy to spot:
Let's say Alabama or Ohio State runs the table and is a clear choice to play for the national championship.
Would an undefeated Louisville, the dominant team in the second-rate American Athletic Conference, warrant the second spot in the title game ahead of a one-loss team from the SEC, Pac-12 or Big Ten?
That scenario would be a fitting conclusion for the BCS, which -- for all its faults -- has helped make college football the second-most-popular sport in the country.
While reading the projections below, and watching the season unfold, remember:
(In the event two non-AQ teams are in the top 12, the higher-ranked team would receive the guaranteed berth and the other would be moved into the at-large pool).
Here we go ...
National Championship Game
Jan. 6 in Pasadena.
Matchup: Alabama vs. Ohio State
The Buckeyes aren't one of the top-two teams, but an undefeated record — thanks to playing in the soft Big Ten — will vault them into the title game.
Jan. 1 in Pasadena
Matchup: Nebraska vs. Stanford
The Rose Bowl will replace title game-bound Ohio State with the second-best team from the Big Ten. (If the Pac-12 champ ends up playing for the title, the Rose would scoop up that league's No. 2, as well.)
Jan. 1 in Glendale
Matchup: Oklahoma State vs. Louisville
Fiesta officials are happy to have Oklahoma State but, with the last pick in rotation, are left with ratings-killer Louisville.
Jan. 2 in New Orleans
Matchup: Georgia vs. Oregon
The Sugar replaces title game-bound Alabama with the high-scoring Bulldogs, then grabs the higher-scoring Ducks to create a rare SEC-Pac-12 matchup.
Jan. 3 in Miami
Matchup: Clemson vs. Texas
With the No. 1 pick, the Orange would jump at the chance to get Texas (for ticket sales and TV ratings). Clemson heads to Miami as the ACC champ.