Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has created quite a stir in the college football world with his recent comments calling the BCS system “flawed.” While nobody will disagree with him (how could you?), Meyer is finally starting to figure out how difficult life can be as a Big Ten football school.
The last time a Big Ten school won the National Championship was back in 2002 when the Buckeyes defeated the favorited Miami Hurricanes in overtime. Since then, Ohio State has been the only team to return to the big game, losing in both appearances to an Urban Meyer-led Florida squad and LSU.
Meyer called the Ohio State head coaching job his “dream job” and there’s no doubt that as Ohio’s newest favorite son, it’s true. He bleeds scarlet and gray through and through and understands the tradition of Ohio State football. However, did he expect getting into the National Championship game to be this difficult and frustrating?
Even when the Buckeyes went undefeated last season, did people still question if they were deserving of a shot at the title? Much like this season, they played a weak schedule and didn’t earn many style points. This season, Ohio State has played just one team that is currently ranked, Wisconsin, but have played a couple of bad teams close and have given up 30-plus points to other subpar opponents.
While the strength of the schedule for the Buckeyes is very poor, they haven’t taken care of business in a fashion that looks good in the computers. It’s the curse of the Big Ten, really. It’s a conference that often has interesting football games, but all the teams are just a step below the powerhouse SEC and top teams from the Big 12 and Pac 12.
At Florida, getting into a BCS bowl game and a shot at the National Championship was much easier for Meyer’s undefeated teams. The SEC is by and large a much tougher conference to go undefeated in and therefore close victories over lesser opponents in the SEC are much more respected than in the Big Ten.
While I completely agree with Meyer’s comments regarding the flawed system of the BCS, maybe now he’s realizing just how difficult life can be when you’re outside of the SEC trying to get a shot at winning the National Championship.
Thank goodness this is the last year for this BCS crap.