Urban throws BS at BCSWritten by Dave Woolford | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t you just imagine the jealousy and feelings of inadequacy among sports that have those boring, season-ending playoff formulas instead or the exhilarating Bowl Championship Series?
What could create more controversy, discussion, deliberation, new math, old values and barroom bedlam than college football’s answer to a playoff system?
We’re trying to find two teams to play for one trophy and we’ve had one team locked in since the start of the season. Imagine if OSU had not been so dominant. Talk about a pick-two lottery. We’ve spent the entire season looking for someone to play the Bucks in the national championship game Jan. 8. It’s unresolved and it won’t be over until UCLA says it’s over.
The Bruins play Southern Cal, which leaped over Michigan into second place in the BCS standings last Saturday after disposing of BCS imposter Notre Dame, 44-24. The Wolverines have to be wondering. They were second in the BCS standings, lost to Ohio State, but remained in second place. UM didn’t play last weekend but dropped to third. Sitting idle can have dire consequences. Maybe it was a bad posture issue.
Those who didn’t want to see a rematch between the Buckeyes and Michigan for the national championship can slowly exhale. If the Trojans beat cross-town rival UCLA Saturday, Southern Cal will be a part of the BCS championship game for the third consecutive year.
But if UCLA ambushes USC, U could C utter chaos, something you don’t experience in those lackluster playoff arrangements.
The Wolverines would sit up straight and stride back into the picture. The winner of the SEC championship between Florida and Arkansas Saturday would demand a second look, even though LSU is the best team in the SEC and rests in fifth place.
Florida coach Urban Meyer said last week that if the national championship comes down to another game between Ohio State and Michigan, “All the (university) presidents need to get together immediately and put together a playoff system.”
Can’t you just see legions of college and university presidents jumping at Meyer’s command?
It’s interesting that when suburban Urban coached at BGSU, he was reportedly not in favor of a college football playoff system. Now that he’s in a situation where the current BCS arrangement could adversely affect his team, he’s taking the opposite approach.
Let’s say the Gators beat Arkansas while UCLA upsets USC, a good possibility considering how much the Trojans put into their game against Notre Dame. Does Michigan, its regular season ending with the loss to OSU, get up, stretch, and amble back into second place and a rematch with the Bucks?
Yes, if for no other reason than to hear another Urban outburst.
After Florida slipped past a very average Florida State team 21-14 last Saturday, Meyer was asked about the importance of style points this late in the season. In other words, shouldn’t Florida have beaten FSU much more convincingly to attract the attention of those involved in the BCS poll selection process?
“Here’s our style,” Meyer shot back. “You’ve got Tennessee. You’ve got Kentucky. You’ve got Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Auburn, and then Tallahassee (Florida State). So much for style. You want to put that one against anybody in the country, let’s go ahead and go. Style points, if that’s what’s making decision, I’m going to stand by my comment from a week ago. Implode it.”
Presidents, are you listening?
One of the underlying reasons there isn’t a playoff system in college football is that underpaid presidents don’t like to be told what to do by overpaid football coaches. And besides, the BCS system has provided more publicity for college football than any old, bracketed playoff system could ever generate.
We don’t need Urban renewal.