No playoff? No problem. After two years, the Bowl Championship Series appeared to be the solution to picking a true national champion, but all that came to a crashing end in 2000.
While undefeated Oklahoma breezed into the title game, the selection of one-loss Florida State marked the beginning of the BCS' fall from grace. The Seminoles were No. 3 in the Associated Press and coaches polls and leapfrogged No. 2 Miami for the spot opposite the Sooners in the Orange Bowl.
The media went berserk, calling into question the credibility of the computers and making note of the Hurricanes' 27-24 victory over the Seminoles. Miami's only loss came at home against Washington, 34-29, and the Huskies lost only once, at Oregon.
Controversy didn't end there. Enter Notre Dame, which was selected by the Fiesta Bowl over four other teams ranked ahead of the two-loss Fighting Irish. Virginia Tech had only one loss, and Nebraska two. One of the Cornhuskers' victories came against Notre Dame at South Bend. The Fighting Irish then were annihilated by Oregon State, 41-9, in Tempe.