The system that can't shoot straight burped out an epic title game matchup between Notre Dame and Alabama, which should blow all BCS television ratings from here to the Krakatoa Bowl.
Saban also appreciates the history but added "the first thing I think about is the kind of team they have this year."
Fair and balanced major conference ESPN analysts Jesse Palmer (Florida), David Pollack (Georgia) and Kirk Herbstreit (Ohio State) lambasted the choice of a program without a seating capacity of at least 80,000.
Wisconsin, coming off a crushing 70-31 win over Nebraska, should at least be highly motivated after losing in each of the last two Rose Bowl games.
"Speaking for the entire team, we have something to prove," Badgers tailback Montee Ball said.
All right then, but three strikes and you're O-U-T.
The Orange bites the BCS bullet with the least attractive bowl matchup, but the trade-off is playing host to Notre Dame-Alabama.
The moral of this year's story, as the BCS moves hours closer to extinction, is the SEC rules and always deserves a spot in everything.
It deserved a title spot in 2004 when Auburn was left out. It deserved one when it insisted there should not have been a Big Ten rematch for the title in 2006, and deserved one when it insisted there absolutely SHOULD have been an SEC rematch last season.
Ponder: Oregon and Alabama basically have the same loss this year against top-10, two-loss teams.
Oregon lost at home to Stanford in overtime and Alabama lost at home to Texas A&M.
Stanford is ranked higher, No. 6 versus No. 9, in the BCS standings.
Alabama, naturally, deserves the spot this time because it won the SEC title and Oregon didn't even win its own division of the Pac-12.