It's hard to argue against Florida being named National Champions. They had a great year, played a ridiculously tough schedule, and slain the media's omnipotent dragon.
But how good was the dragon? If you think about it, a lot of tOSU's mystique and #1 ranking was predicated upon preseason hype and wins over UT and Michigan (two teams that perhaps weren't as good as previously thought given some hard-to-explain late season losses).
Don't get me wrong, I think the Buckeyes are an excellent team and perhaps they just had an off night (I think the 51-day layoff was deadly), but when the BCS system is so dependent on perception polls and it's been proven over and over again that our perceptions can be very deceiving, don't you have to have a playoff?
Not so fast...now that tOSU has been knocked off their perch (and Michigan was dismantled at the Rose Bowl), what other team can legitimately lay claim to the title? Boise State? Maybe.
When a team with a loss is awarded the title, I think it's easy to say the BCS didn't work because there will inevitably be a lot of questions left unanswered. But if you consider the entire college football season (including the title game) as one big playoff, maybe it did work.
In thinking about it another way, I liken tOSU to one of those AFC teams like the Broncos from the late 80's. Every year they'd steamroll an overall weaker AFC and look like a team to be reckoned with, but when they got to the Super Bowl and played a battle tested team from a stronger overall NFC, they were beaten soundly.
So did the BCS work...I'm actually inclined to say it did (with some exception to Boise State).