Urban Meyer Speaks out Against BCS System

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 28:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by a college football playoff system next season. Knowing that doesn't ease the concerns of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, whose team is being chased down by Baylor for third place in the standings.    

Austin Ward of ESPN reports Meyer didn't want to spend a lot of time focused on the BCS with his team fighting tooth and nail to maintain the third spot, which is prime position in case either Alabama or Florida State slips up. In short, he considers the system "flawed."

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.

Meyer went on to say problems are always going to arise because the first team out of the picture is going to feel slighted, whether it's the BCS, a four-team playoff, an eight-team playoff or beyond. But he clearly doesn't believe the BCS is the answer.

Nov 16, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer during the third quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports
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The head coach's comments come at a time when Ohio State finds itself in a difficult position. The Buckeyes have watched Baylor pull within fractions of a point in the BCS standings heading into Week 13 and have a more ranking-friendly schedule.

This week, the Bears will travel to No. 10 Oklahoma State for a huge Big 12 clash. If they win that tough road game, it really doesn't matter what Ohio State does against Indiana, as Baylor would be a virtual lock to move into the third spot.

It would then be Ohio State's job to win it back, and all the Buckeyes would have left is a matchup with rival Michigan and a likely trip to the Big Ten title game. Whether that would be enough to get back past Baylor without a Bears loss in unknown.

Ultimately, that's probably going to become the lasting complaint about the BCS: Too much was out of a team's control in the latter stages of a season. Winning its own games was only one factor of the much larger equation.

As Meyer pointed out, a perfect solution is unlikely. Even college basketball has controversy when bubble teams miss out of a 68-team field, so it's nearly impossible to make everybody happy. The BCS just didn't hold up over time, though.

The system will be gone next season, but Meyer and Co. are still concerned about how it will impact them in the coming weeks. All Ohio State can do is win out and hope for the best.