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Join Date: Mar 2005
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Re: 2012-13 College Football Discussion Thread
You're close. The National Championship is the top 2 teams from the BCS standings. The Coach's poll affects the BCS, but the AP has nothing to do with it anymore.
Also, the four major bowls, Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, Rose are still played regardless of the National Championship. However, yes, the BIG GAME rotates between those four. Still, if it's played in the Rose Bowl, there will still be a Rose Bowl, followed by the National Championship game which will be played in the Rose Bowl a few days later.
All the major bowl games (BCS games) are played on or a bit after the New Year. The season ends in November so you have a few weeks layoff between the last game of the season and the bowl season picking up. In that time you get the awards handed out, the Heisman Trophy being the most prestigious.