Congratulations to the Alabama Crimson Tide who won their first ever BCS National Championship by defeating Texas, 37-21.
The team from Tuscaloosa easily disposed of the Longhorns, who were left struggling after going down by 18 points at halftime.
Except for a short period in the second half, the game was never in doubt once the Red Elephants erased a 6-0 Texas lead.
The 16 point win allows the Tide to join Tennessee, LSU, and Florida as SEC schools who have achieved the gold standard of becoming a BCS Champion.
Alabama and Tennessee have captured one national title apiece while Florida and LSU have each won two national titles in the Bowl Championship Series.
Begun in the 1998 season season, the Southeastern Conference leads the way with six titles all together.
Florida State of the ACC captured the 1999 award and the league has claim to the 2001 championship of Miami. The Hurricanes were members of the Big East when they won their title, but have since left for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
While the Big 12 owns two titles with Texas in 2005 and Oklahoma in 2000, the Pac-10 has the single championship of Southern California in 2004.
The Southeastern Conference has now taken the past four BCS Titles in a row. Due to the eclectic manner fans judge such areas of competition, there will be little doubt in the nation concerning the superiority of the SEC over any other league.
Going simply by the number of National Championships under the BCS Series, the ranking of conferences is revealed as follows:
1. The Southeastern Conference: Six– 1998, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009
2. (Tie) The Big 12 Conference: Two– 2000 and 2005
The Atlantic Coast Conference: Two– 1999 and 2001 *(See Note below)
4. (Tie) The Big 10 Conference: One– 2002
The Pac-10 Conference: One– 2004
6. The Big East Conference: None
*(Note: Miami was actually a member of the Big East Conference in 2001)
So, the final play has been run, the final pass thrown, and the 2009 college football season is history. Only time will tell if it is a harbinger of things to come or the crest of a wave of change among the elite in the world of the Bowl Championship Series.