Urban Meyer discusses flaws in the BCS system

Now that he's no longer in the SEC, Urban Meyer realizes the BCS is broken

11/19/13 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Nov 16, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY SportsHe won't have to worry about it much longer, since the current BCS system is being replaced by a 4-team playoff, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has finally realized that the BCS is an incredibly flawed system.

Back when Meyer was coaching the Florida Gators, he apparently had no problem with it. That seems natural, since it allowed his Gators to play for a championship multiple times without even an undefeated season.

This year, his Buckeyes are undefeated (so far) for the second straight season, but they'd still be shut out of the championship game if the season ended today. Fellow unbeaten teams Alabama and Florida State are ahead of OSU, thanks to their more difficult schedules.

We never really heard Meyer complain when his team was the one benefitting from the flawed system, but now that it's a different story, he's changing his tune significantly. From the ESPN report:
"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. 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?"

While he has a point, it's a bit disingenuous coming from a guy who benefitted from the system for years. Meyer's OSU team should probably have a better shot at playing for the championship, particularly since they haven't lost a game since the 2011 season. Still, those are the breaks.

Meyer's first championship came from the BCS system somewhat arbitrarily choosing Florida over Michigan and several other one-loss teams to play Ohio State. It would be a bit fitting if he were to be on the short end of the stick later in his career, which is what could happen this year.
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11/19/13   |   Scott   |   54631 respect

If Florida State, Alabama and Ohio State all went undefeated, nobody would be able to convince me that the Buckeyes are more deserving to play in the BCS title game over the Seminoles and the Crimson Tide.  In fact, I would go so far to say that if Baylor went undefeated, they would have a better case then Ohio State

11/19/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

It is flawed, no doubt -- that is why it will no longer exist next season. That said, Ohio State has yet to win a road game against any team with a conference win (which is truly remarkable), and scheduled Florida A&M, so I am not sympathetic. It is easier to go undefeated with Ohio State's schedule than it is to lost 1 or 2 games in the SEC or Pac-12 (I saw an analytical breakdown of this. I can't find it at the moment, but if I do I will share it).