Now that USC has been forced to vacate its 2004 BCS national championship, should another team be awarded the title? Here are the arguments for Oklahoma, Auburn, Utah and for the championship to remain vacant.
It is a simple argument. At the end of each season, the BCS determines the two best teams in the country and they square off for the national title. Because USC forfeits that title, the Sooners can claim they were the only team remaining in the national championship game.
After a perfect 13-0 season, including a Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech, the Tigers were ranked No. 2 behind USC in the final AP and Coaches' poll. They argued for a share of the national title then and have a more legitimate case for it now.
In 2004, the Utes became the first non-BCS conference team to play in a BCS game. And like Auburn, their argument for the crystal ball rested on their undefeated record. But a softer schedule and lower final ranking than the Tigers quickly dispels that notion.
The national championship is awarded by the American Football Coaches Association to the winner of the BCS title game. Because there is no longer a winner of the 2004 game, they have concluded that no title will be awarded to anyone.