First thing's first - I am NOT bellyaching about BC's fate. We had our chance to go to the Orange Bowl and got a big fat L. Period. But this tells you all you need to know about the system.
BC=#13 in the BCS computer rankings = Whogivesafuck.com bowl against 7-5 Michigan State who lost to Northwestern
Clemson=#15 in the BCS computer rankings= Peach Bowl (pretty good!) against Auburn
Illinois=#16 in the BCS computer rankings= Rose Bowl, the 'granddaddy,' against USC