Entries in BCS (14)


Phoenix, Tampa Set to Host National Title Games

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Both Phoenix, Arizona and Tampa, Florida will host college football's 2016 and 2017 national championship games.

The University of Phoenix Stadium, the home of the Arizona Cardinals and site of the Fiesta Bowl, was selected over three other venues for the 2016 game, which will take place on January 11.

Raymond James Stadium was chosen over five other venues for the Jan. 9, 2017 game. It is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and South Florida Bulls. It also hosts the Outback Bowl every year.

This will be the first college football title game in Tampa, which has hosted four Super Bowls.

The commissioners of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick voted on the sites.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Florida State Ranked No. 1 in Latest BCS Standings 

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The BCS standings received quite a shakeup after an exciting weekend of play.

No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Ohio State have taken the top two spots in the standings with just one week remaining before the final pairing for the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game is announced.

Alabama, who was the nation's top team all year before losing to Auburn last Saturday, fell to fourth in the standings.  The Tigers moved up to No. 3 after winning the Iron Bowl.

Auburn faces No. 5 Missouri on Saturday in the SEC championship game.  Both team will likely need Florida State or Ohio State to lose in order to move up in the standings.

The Seminoles need to defeat Duke in the ACC championship game on Saturday night if they want to remain in the top spot.  The Buckeyes will face a tough Michigan State team in the Big Ten title game.

The BCS standings are made up by combining the averages of three factors: the USA Today coaches' poll, the Harris poll, and an average of six computer ratings.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Matt Barklely Out Against Notre Dame

David Madison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- No. 1 Notre Dame will be looking to cap an undefeated season and clinch a trip to the BCS Championship game when they take on USC this Saturday. To top it off, they'll be facing a backup quarterback.

USC coach Lane Kiffin said on Sunday that starting quarterback Matt Barkley will not play against the Irish after spraining the AC joint in his throwing shoulder against UCLA in his last game. 

"I feel bad for him and his family," Kiffin said. "This is obviously not how you want it to be."

The injury occured when Barkley was sacked late in the 38-28 loss to the Bruins on Saturday.

In his place, USC will send out redshirt freshman Max Wittek, who has never started at the collegiate level. He has completed 8 of 9 passes off the bench this season.

Barkley also missed the game against Notre Dame in 2010 with a sprained ankle.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Florida State RB Thompson Out for Season

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.)  --  Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher announced that senior running back Chris Thompson will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Thompson was injured in the second quarter of a win against the University of Miami last weekend after he made a leaping catch on the sideline.

"He's what's right about college football," Fisher said, "but this game takes no prisoners."

Thompson was the leading rusher for Florida State this year, totaling 687 rushing yards through the team's first seven games.  He averaged 7.55 yards-per-carry.

Saturday marked the second time in two seasons that Thompson suffered a terrible injury.  He broke his back last year in a game against Wake Forest and missed the final eight games of the season.

Thompson was on pace to become the first running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 1996.

Florida State (7-1, 4-1 ACC) will be forced to lean on two sophomores to carry the rushing load, Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr.

The Seminoles are currently No. 12 in the BCS rankings and No. 13 in the Associated Press poll. They are set to host Duke this upcoming weekend.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio.


BCS Commissioners Agree On Playoff Plan

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Major changes in the way college football determines a national champion could be coming. The commissioners of the BCS are backing a four-team playoff plan under which the major bowls would host the national semifinals on a rotating basis.

Under the proposal, the national championship would be played in any city that wins the bidding rights to host the game.

The formula the BCS currently uses in determining the national championship game would be done away with and replaced by a selection committee that would choose the playoff teams.

The plan will be presented to university presidents next week. If approved, the changes will be implemented beginning in 2014.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Alabama's Crystal BCS Trophy Shattered

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- The crystal trophy awarded to the University of Alabama's football team when it won the BCS Championship game in January will have to be replaced, after it accidentally broke over the weekend.

The Waterford crystal trophy -- valued at $30,000 -- went tumbling from the podium where it was on display, after the father of a current team member accidentally knocked it over. University officials did not identify the player or his father.

The accident occurred after the Crimson Tide's annual A-Day scrimmage on Saturday at the Mal Moore Athletic facility where the trophy was on show.

University officials say they are taking steps to replace the trophy.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Petrino Out As Arkansas Head Football Coach

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.) -- Bobby Petrino is out as head football coach of Arkansas.

The 51-year-old Petrino was put on paid leave last week after he failed to disclosed to university officials that a 25-year-old female school employee was with him when he crashed his motorcycle.

Petrino, who is married with four children, later admitted to an inappropriate relationship with the female employee.

"Coach Petrino's conduct regarding the account of the accident jeopardize the integrity of the football program," Arkansas Director of Athletics Jeff Long said during a news conference Tuesday night.

In his four seasons at Arkansas, Petrino went 34-17, leading the Razorbacks to three bowl appearances, including their first BCS bowl berth.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


LSU, Alabama Set For Rematch?

iStockPhoto/Thinkstoc(NEW YORK) -- LSU and Alabama remained first and second respectively in the latest BCS standings. Oklahoma State is ranked third, followed by Stanford and Virginia Tech.

If LSU beats Georgia in the SEC title, they will clinch their spot in the BCS national championship game.  Alabama's regular season is over, but it will be tough for Oklahoma State to pass them in the standings even if they beat Oklahoma on Saturday due to the gap in the BCS averages of the two teams.

Unless Oklahoma State can make up that ground in the standings, LSU and Alabama will most likely face each other in the national championship game.  LSU beat the Crimson Tide 9-6 earlier this season.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


SEC Dominates BCS Standings

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Undefeated LSU remains number one in the BCS standings, followed by SEC rivals Alabama and Arkansas.  Alabama and Arkansas moved up after then-number two Oklahoma State, which fell to fourth, lost to Iowa State on Friday night.  LSU hosts Arkansas on Friday and Auburn hosts Alabama on Saturday.

Oklahoma fell from fifth to ninth after losing to Baylor on Saturday night.  Oregon, upset by USC at home on Saturday, tumbled six spots down to tenth.

Virginia Tech moved to up fifth, followed by Stanford, Boise State, and Houston.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Oregon, Fourth in BCS, Back in National Title Hunt

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Oregon moved up from seventh to fourth in the BCS standings after a huge 53-30 win at Stanford Saturday night.  LSU is still number one, followed by Oklahoma State and Alabama.  Oklahoma, ranked sixth last week, moved up to fifth, despite not playing over the weekend.

Stanford and Boise State, which also lost on Saturday to TCU, fell to ninth and tenth in the standings, respectively.

Arkansas, ranked sixth, number seven Clemson, and eighth-ranked Virginia Tech all moved up two spots.

TCU, ranked 19th, and number 25 Florida State, were newcomers to the BCS standings this week.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio