August 1, 2014

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is not a fan of the BCS

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?

— Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Monday, in discussing the current, and future, championship-crowning systems within the NCAA. The Buckeyes, despite winning 22 straight contests since Meyer’s arrive, continue to lose ground in the BCS standings, clinging to the No. 3 spot by one one-thousandth of a point.

[Related: Buckeyes hang 60 on Illinois but defense disappoints]

(Source: ESPN)

  • Guest

    Any more than 4 teams would be a real travesty. This is enough. A four team playoff, no more.

  • Charles

    Two questions: Back in the day, when Urb was coach of Florida, 1.) did he have a vote in the coach’s poll, and 2.) how did he vote Boise?

  • Dinger

    16 (Which is what all the other divisions do) Conference champ gets auto-bid (Imagine a OSU-MSU B1G Championship game where a MSU win punches their ticket to the playoffs vs what, the Rose Bowl? This isn’t 1954, where only one B1G team gets to play in a bowl game. The Rose Bowl, today, is nothing but a chance for some the fat cats bowl execs to get a cut of the pie.) and then fill in the other 5 at large teams with the selection committee. Higher ranked team gets home field for the first 2 rounds, semis and final can be bid out to host cities. Win your conference and you are in, lose and leave your fate in the hands of the selection committee. No one ever has a legit argument about be left out again. No disincentive to play tough non-conference match ups. Gives more, not less, importance to conference games. Gets rid of the need to come up with excuses for why any undefeated team doesn’t “deserve” a shot as an undefeated team would have earned the auto-bid by virtue of being a conference Champ.

  • Garry_Owen

    Why?

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Urban Meyer did not have a vote on the coaches poll in 2009 or 2006 when Boise St. went undefeated. I guess we’ll never know.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I would be on board with that, but I think you would have to limit the regular season to 10 games plus conference championship game. If not, you’re getting into potentially a 17 game season for the two teams in the championship game. That’s a longer season than the NFL.

    With 10 games, regular season is done before Thanksgiving, Championship games are Thanksgiving weekend (works well for people to travel to the games). First 2 rounds of playoff the first 2 weeks of December, semifinals the weekend before Christmas, take 2 weeks off and play the National Championship game the first weekend of January. Everyone but the final 4 gets a secondary bowl bid (not sure there would be enough time to organize a bowl trip for teams and fans in 2 weeks). Semifinal and championship games would serve as bowl games.

    I have been a proponent of an 8 team playoff, but I could dig that.

  • Garry_Owen

    Doesn’t matter, anyway. This narrative that Urban Meyer shouldn’t say something like this now if he didn’t say it then is just a non sequitur. Why would the Florida media ask him any questions about Boise State back in ’06 or ’09? Why would he care? Indeed, I think he would say that this is part of the problem with the flawed system.

  • Fern

    don’t forget his Utah team was one of the first BCS busters, and he has taken the side of the little guy in the past referencing his time at BG

  • Dinger

    Div II and III do 10 game seasons, but FCS does 12 so 16 games a year is a thing that already exists. Is it that much of a stretch for the elite talent with multi-million dollar athletic departments to play one extra game than the actual “student athletes” at the smaller schools? As it is FCS schools that go deep in the playoffs are currently playing MORE games than any team in the FBS. If I had my way I’d keep it at 12. However, if it took moving back to a 10 game season to get a 16 team playoff I would welcome that compromise.

  • mgbode

    FCS has a 24 team playoff and allows some of the 1st round teams to bid $$$ to host the games (rather than on merit). Let us please not copy anything that FCS does.

    let’s just get to the 4x16team conferences so that you break those up into tidy 8team divisions. division champs play for conference championship. conference champions play for national championship. if you are not one of the chosen 64 teams in these conferences, then you can go down to FCS.