Occasionally the BCS has been known to get it right, but most of the the time there's always a team or two that merits stronger consideration for a national championship shot than the machinations of a computer formula.
But who are theses teams, what gives them the right to claim a national title shot and why did they fall short?
Here are the top five , but there are just a few things I'd like to add: a team doesn't have to be No. 3; it doesn't need to have won its division; it needs to have won its bowl game; and finally, the top two may still be worthy.
Feel free to lambaste with your opinions, they are always welcome. On with the (slide) show!