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 Ãâ 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