Article Photos: Despite its bad points, be thankful that we had the BCS 1/1

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2013, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban walks past national championship trophies at a BCS National Championship college football news conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two — No. 1. Nick Saban and the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football poll released Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, as they try to become the first team to win three straight national titles.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) ORG XMIT: NY117