I imagine this is playing well in Gainesville right now:
“Without spending much time on it, because it’s not fair to our team for me to spend much time on it, I will say this — I think it’s a flawed system,” Meyer said Monday. “But when you logically think about what the BCS people have done, and which obviously we’re all part of, I think it was great for a while. I think you take an imperfect system and you do the best you can without hosting a playoff.
“I imagine there’s going to be controversy with the playoffs too, now. It’s not a 64-team playoff; you can only have four guys. What’s that fifth team going to feel like?”
On the one hand, I can understand Urban Meyer has a job to to: he has to stump for his team. They are undefeated – and they could be looking at two straight undefeated seasons – yet on the outside looking in at the BCS Championship Game. Traditionally speaking, it is somewhat absurd that a program like Ohio State would be on the outside.
So it’s in situations like this that Meyer needs a reality check:
* Your league is generally viewed as, well, crummy. When Baylor is tracking you down and about to pass you, you have a problem. And that’s a reputation well earned over the last decade or so. Like it or not, those that have some influence on the BCS probably aren’t giving OSU any slack because of how they’ve fared in the past on the big stage.
* For many, Meyer isn’t a very sympathetic figure. Despite being the only other coach besides Nick Saban to own multiple BCS championships, there isn’t a ground swell to get Meyer back in the title game for a shot at number three. Instead, folks seem to enjoy the fact that Ohio State will be locked out of Pasadena. Part of that, I’m sure goes to the Buckeyes being a national program and national programs always have their enemies. But perhaps part of that is because of how Meyer left Florida and how he left the program (in a mess) and perhaps even because of his relationship with the media.
* It’s always easy to criticize things like the BCS. It’s like criticizing the government. It’s something to which most can relate. But unlike the government, the BCS has worked. It’s almost always dead on in delivering the real national champion to us. Some may not like it or understand it, but it produces the right result. Again, I understand why Meyer is politicking, but he should remind himself that the system works.
He should also stay the course. There’s still some football to be played. Alabama plays Auburn and then will likely play South Carolina. Florida State plays Florida and then probably – ahem – Duke in the ACC Championship Game. Baylor goes up against once beaten Oklahoma State. And, of course, the Buckeyes have the Big 10 title game where they’ll mostly likely play Michigan State. Lots can happen between now and Pasadena.