With Alabama earning the BCS Championship and the number one ranking in every other major poll, the BCS group is highlighting another spectacular season of college football.
"Every year we wonder how college football could possibly get better -- and yet it just keeps doing so," said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series. "This game is thriving, which is a strong sign that the combination of the meaningful regular season and the celebratory and traditional bowl system is best for the game."
The crown jewel of college football -- the regular season
From week one to the conference championship games and every week in between, the 2009 college football season delivered another dramatic rollercoaster ride. Every week, fans were treated to games with national title implications. Every game counted -- from the Alabama-Virginia Tech and Boise State-Oregon matchups the first weekend, through the rise of TCU and Iowa in the rankings, to the blocked field goal in the Alabama-Tennessee showdown, to the compelling final Saturday when Alabama, Texas and Cincinnati earned their way into BCS bowls.
Bowl television ratings increased over last year
The Citi BCS National Championship Game drew an overnight rating of 18.2, higher than the 15.82 rating from last year's Florida-Oklahoma game.
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl game between TCU and Boise State drew a rating of 8.2, the fifth-highest rating among the 12 non-championship BCS games that Fox aired over the past four years, although down 21 percent from last year's Texas-Ohio State game.
The FedEx Orange Bowl rating was 6.8 for Iowa and Georgia Tech, up 26 percent from last year.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Cincinnati and Florida earned an 8.5, up 9 percent from last year.
The Rose Bowl presented by Citi, Oregon vs. Ohio State, earned a 13.8 overnight rating, up 10 percent from last year.
*Ratings represent the percentage of all households with televisions tuned into a program.
For the 12th straight year by BCS measurements and the ninth time in 12 years by AP measurements, the number one and number two teams met in the BCS National Championship game. Also, the BCS bowls featured the top ten teams in the final BCS Standings. And for the first time, two teams from non-automatic qualifying conferences earned BCS bowl berths.
Official data will not be available until the spring, but unofficial figures show that the five conferences that have not earned automatic qualification into the BCS are expected to share a record $24.1 million because of TCU's and Boise State's participation in BCS bowl games. (Those five conferences have chosen to share the revenue).
Each of the six conferences with automatic qualification (ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big 10, Pac-10 and SEC) are expected to receive approximately $17.9 million in net revenue. The SEC and Big Ten, with two teams in the BCS games, will receive an additional $4.5 million.
The final word
Terrence Cody, the Alabama nose guard, was asked by the Associated Press about a playoff earlier in the week. His reply was as follows:
"That's stupid. I don't think there should be any playoff. Why should there be a playoff?"