What a wild series of 2012 BCS games!

An abundance of suspense

"Playoffs? Not to sound like Jim Mora, so let's paraphrase him. In college football, who needs playoffs? We have bowl games. We have the BCS. We had an overload of overtime. An abundance of suspense. What else do we need?" (Art Spander, "Playoffs? Nah, Bowl Games Are Just Fine," Real Clear Sports, 1/4/12)

Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO

Oregon coach Chip Kelly: "The Rose Bowl is tradition. It's that feeling when you come out of the tunnel and you can kind of just think back of all the games that have been played there." (Darren Everson/Rachel Bachman, "Rose Bowl 2012: Changes to BCS Bowl Games, Wall Street Journal, 1/1/12)

Historic, unforgettable contest: "[Oregon] can celebrate its historic postseason achievement -- and relive the unforgettable contest in which it took place." (Stewart Mandel, "One more second could have altered record-setting Rose Bowl," Sports Illustrated, 1/2/12)

Rose Bowl traditions: "The Rose Bowl is a living archive of football tradition. Every year, teams participate in the same oceanside pep rallies, Disneyland visits and Hollywood beef-eating extravaganzas before those flowered parade floats glide down Colorado Boulevard right before the game." (Greg Beacham, "Rose Bowl: Offenses a study in contrasts," Associated Press, 1/2/12)

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Insanely dramatic: "OSU coach Mike Gundy called it the most insanely dramatic game of his life. 'Yes, no question,' he said. 'I've never been a part of anything like it, and especially on a big-time stage like this.'" (Bill Haisten, "OSU's Mike Gundy Says He's Never Been Part Of Anything Like The Fiesta Bowl Win," Tulsa World, 1/4/12)

An impressive offensive show: "The most anticipated postseason game outside of the BCS championship, the Fiesta Bowl was an impressive offensive show, two of the nation's best teams trading big plays and scores." (John Marshall, "Oklahoma St beats Stanford 41-38 in Fiesta Bowl," Associated Press, 1/3/12)

Historic night: "The two teams, each capping historic runs for program-changing senior classes, gave America precisely the game it expected." (Andy Staples, "Cowboys Get Landmark Win, But Misses Don't Erase Cardinal Rise," Sports Illustrated, 1/3/12)

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Michigan's Taylor Lewan, DT: ""It's the greatest feeling in the world. This is not just a team, this is a community." (Angelique S. Chengelis, "Dave Brandon, Michigan Players Agree On Sugar Bowl Victory: We Needed That," Detroit News, 1/4/12)

Michigan's Ryan Van Bergen, DL: "I saw the confetti coming down, I saw the look in everybody's eyes: This is what we wanted, this is where we wanted to be." (Mark Snyder, "Michigan 23, Virginia Tech 20 (OT): Wolverines overcome mistakes for super sweet bowl victory," Detroit Free Press, 1/4/12)

Sugar Bowl gives New Orleans a rush:
"Football and sugar. Does there exist a more appealing combination? … This community loves football and cherishes every opportunity to stage a big game. We love the Sugar Bowl because it joins together our inherent hospitality and our sports fanaticism to make a sweet and lasting experience." (Editorial, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 1/3/12)

Discover Orange Bowl

Orange Bowl on steroids: "The 78th Discover Orange Bowl exceeded the lofty expectations of even those who knew this would be a high-octane extravaganza. It was fast. It was frenetic. And it was ferocious. In other words: an Orange Bowl on steroids." (Susan Miller Degnan, "West Virginia routs Clemson at Orange Bowl, 70-33," Miami Herald, 1/5/12)

The bowl tradition is alive: "It sounds so quaint to talk about the 'bowl experience,' especially this scandalized season, perhaps, but when you peel back the big business of college football, the dark side, the controversies, you get back to some of the simple essence that still exists, and that the bowls help keep alive. You let some light back in. It's good to peel back what's bad sometimes and be reminded of the good still underneath. 'A lot of our guys had never put their feet in the ocean, and to see them all down there having a big time on the beach, those are things I'll remember,' [Clemson coach Dabo] Swinney said." (Greg Cote, "Orange Bowl A Very Tasty Appetizer For 2013 BCS Championship In South Florida," Miami Herald, 1/4/12)

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney: "People talk about doing away with bowls and having a complete playoff system … To see these guys come to a town and be embraced for a week and to see the things that they experience, it's awesome. You know, instead of coming in on Friday, playing on Saturday and gone, they get lifetime experiences. It just puts a smile on your face." ("Dabo Swinney Press Conference Quotes," Discover Orange Bowl, 1/3/12)