|Year|| No. 3 in first|
|Played in championship game||Record||Final Ranking|
While three teams in the spot have gone on to the title game, two have stumbled all the way out of the rankings by season's end. Only the 1998 Tennessee team went on from the No. 3 slot in the first BCS ballot all the way to a national title.
What does this prove? There is a long road ahead. I'm parroting Jags here, but we should just focus on Virginia Tech.