The Bowl Championship Series era in college football will be put to rest on the evening of Jan. 6, 2014, when No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn vie for the national title in Pasadena, Calif.
A system to pair the sport's top two teams was birthed by former Southeastern Conference commissioner Roy Kramer and implemented before the 1998 season. The 16-year run had a smooth start and a smooth finish and some controversy in between, but its founder believes the BCS created far more good than bad for programs at all levels.
"Despite all the people who want to bash it, it did what it was supposed to do, and I think it worked rather well," Kramer said Tuesday in a phone interview. "I'm probably a little prejudiced, but it did what we wanted. First and foremost, it increased the interest in college football, and it's done that far beyond our dreams. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that the Auburn-Alabama game on television had Birmingham as its highest-rated city for viewership and that the third-highest was in Columbus, Ohio.
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