Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer called the BCS a ‘flawed system’ during his weekly press conference on Monday and mused that the coming four-team playoff will also invite controversy.
“I think it’s a flawed system,” Meyer said. “When you logically think about it, what the BCS people have done, which obviously we’re all part of it, I think it was great for a while.
“I think it took an imperfect system and did the best you can without a playoff. There’s going to be controversy in playoffs, too, now. There’s not a 64‑team playoff. You’re going to have four guys. What is that fifth team going to feel like?”
It’s a bit ironic for Meyer to criticize the BCS now that he’s coaching a team that might miss out on a chance to play for the title despite going undefeated. But when he was the head coach at Florida, he benefited from late-season BCS quirks that put the Gators in the title game over teams with identical records in both 2006 and 2008. That must have been the time he was referring to when when he said the BCS was ‘great’ for a while.
Of course, calling the BCS flawed is no stretch. Any system designed to make sense of the sprawling chaos that is college football is going to have some flaws to it. Even a playoff system has its flaws.
In the end, the best we can do is tinker with the post-season without ruining the most meaningful regular season in sports. Besides, perhaps it’s in Ohio State’s best interest to not be given a chance to get beat by Alabama or Florida State. If the Buckeyes finish undefeated while getting shut out of the title game, it will always be able to claim it was the No. 1 team in the land. And you know what? No one will be able to prove them wrong.