BCS National Championship 2012: Alabama Vs. LSU, For All Of The Golden Flakes

Update: Latest BCS Rankings are here.

The SEC has just won its sixth consecutive national championship, according to Stewart Mandel. Sports Illustrated's bowl projections whiz concludes the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide will meet for the title in New Orleans, as expected.

The Oklahoma St. Cowboys made a good case to be included instead of Bama, but it looks like they failed to change enough minds. Instead, they'll head to the Fiesta to take on the Stanford Cardinal.

And now for some notes about the BCS title game.

The BCS National Championship Game has survived change and controversy since the first game was played on Jan. 4, 1999 between Tennessee and Florida State. The game itself was created in reaction to the split national championship between undefeated Michigan and Nebraska during the 1997 season. The game has been determining a national champion ever since, despite yearly debates over the fairness of the system.

It is the Superdome's turn to host the game this year. Last year, Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton led the Auburn Tigers to a win over the Oregon Ducks, in a game that didn't quite feature the offensive fireworks that many had expected between two of the country's best offenses. Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit will call this year's game from the booth for ESPN.

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

Date: January 9th, 2012

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN3D

2010 winner and loser: Auburn, Oregon

For more on each bowl game as it’s announced, stay tuned to SB Nation’s 2011 college football bowl game bids coverage. And visit our many college football blogs.

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