The final Bowl Championship Series standings were released Dec. 7. Oklahoma and LSU, the two teams with the lowest point total from four categories (poll average, computer average, strength of schedule, losses), will play for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4, 2004. The BCS also consists of the Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.
Six of the eight spots in the four BCS bowl games are reserved for the champions of the ACC (Florida State), Big East (Miami), Big Ten (Michigan), Big 12 (Kansas State), Pac-10 (USC) and SEC (LSU).
The two at-large berths are determined using the following format in this order:
* Wins in non-exempt games and conference championship games don't count
A component to reward teams for beating Top 10 teams at the time of the calculation, not the time the game was played.
After the base BCS ratings are determined, a team gets a bonus point reduction based on a sliding scale for a win over a Top 10 team. A win over the No. 1 team in the basic ratings is worth a 1.0 point reduction, a win over the No. 2 team earns a 0.9 point reduciton all the way down to a 0.1 point reduction for beating the No. 10 team.
Note: If a team defeats the same Top 10 team in the regular season and in a conference championship game, it only gets credited once for a quality win.
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