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Currently, the top two teams in the BCS standings after the regular season, including conference championships, advance to the title game. It’s a format that’s led to frequent debates about whether the right teams were getting a shot to play for a national title.

This year’s controversy involved whether Alabama (11-1) should get a second chance at undefeated LSU or if Big 12 champion Oklahoma State (12-1, including its bowl victory over Stanford) had earned a shot to play for the national title.

The BCS often has caused as many arguments as settled them, and drawn the ire of fans all over the country in the process. It’s also come under pressure from a political action committee called PlayoffPAC, and been the subject of a congressional hearing and a Department of Justice inquiry. Even President Obama has said he doesn’t like it.

Apparently, all that consternation is starting to register with the decision-makers in the sport.

“I sense that people who run college football and run the conferences obviously are not tone-deaf,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming.