As the Ohio State Buckeyes continue to get undercut in the BCS rankings, head coach Urban Meyer has had about enough of the system that determines the two teams that participate in the national championship. He just couldn't hold his tongue any longer during a press conference on Monday, according to Austin Ward of ESPN:
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.
You mean "great" when it benefited you at Florida? Everything was great when Meyer was taking advantage of the system and was able to hoist two crystal footballs in 2006 and 2008. Now that it isn't working in his favor, he thinks the system is flawed and can't wait for a playoff? It's mighty convenient how that works, eh?
All joking aside, Meyer isn't breaking any news with these comments. Having computers and voters pick the top two teams in the country has always been a flawed method of determining a national champion. Unless players are battling it out and letting the performance on the field do the talking, it doesn't count. Who cares what number a computer can spit out? We all want to see these teams play one another and settle the score.
Will a playoff fix college football?
Of course, the only way to settle that debate is to install a playoff system. Thank goodness that will be implemented next season. Unfortunately, Meyer also doesn't think that is going to change much, per the ESPN report.
"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?" Meyer asked.
Again, there's no surprise.
The NCAA basketball tournament allows nearly every team imaginable to fill up its March Madness bracket, and there are still discussions over which team was snubbed from participating. Really? Thinking college football is going to be cured simply by letting four teams play one another is ludicrous.
People are always going to complain about something and cry foul when their favorite team isn't included. Nothing will ever be perfect. It's how life works.
However, one thing everybody should be able to agree on is that a playoff system will be much better than that flawed BCS system we currently use.