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Mountaineers' components up to spec

Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, the title game participants have shared some common characteristics. West Virginia fits the mold this season, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: August 10, 2006, 9:28 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Since the inception of the Bowl Championship Series in 1998, less than a dozen schools have played in college football's national championship games. Nine of the schools are among the sport's traditional powers: Florida State, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Southern California, Tennessee and Texas.

Only once has an upstart team crashed the party: Virginia Tech in 1999, when the Hokies featured a flashy freshman quarterback named Michael Vick and ultimately lost to the Seminoles ...

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