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CBS Time Machine: 2001

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Format: The championship game was the Rose Bowl. The regular Rose Bowl wasn't played. Illinois fans were not very happy about it.

Number of bowls: 25. New bowls: New Orleans. Also, the Oahu Bowl moved to Seattle and became the Seattle Bowl, and the Aloha Bowl took the year off.

Number of Division I-A teams: 117. New schools: South Florida and Troy (independent)

Conference realignment: The Big West disbanded, and the Sun Belt started up. The initial members of the Sun Belt were Arkansas State, Idaho, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico State and North Texas. Also, Utah State became an independent, Boise State and Louisiana Tech joined the WAC, and TCU signed up with Conference USA.

Read more: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/jerry-palm/22514237/the-bcs-era-in-2001-controversy-over-who-plays-miami

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I feel like we could almost look at last year and just see how quickly things can change.

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Reminds me of the meeting with Dr Pohl when we were moving into the Sun Belt. He felt like it was a conference we could dominate and we actually did for four years.

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