Arguments over BCS title teams a prelude to playoff


Urban Meyer has been noticeably quiet on whether Ohio State deserves to be in the national title game. (Associated Press photo)

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.

The stumping is deafening, which is something we have become used to in college football. It’s not this way every year, but it certainly is in 2013 when arguments can and will be made for multiple teams to play for the crystal egg at the end of the season.

Mike Slive has been on his soapbox this week because that’s what a conference commissioner is supposed to do.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said it would be “a disservice to the nation” not to vote his team to Pasadena. That’s right, if you coaches and Harris Poll members vote your conscious and it’s not for Auburn, we’re shipping you to Uruguay.

Urban Meyer has been noticeably quiet on the subject, and I don’t think it’s only because he would look hypocritical if he did (in 2006, he lobbied for his one-loss Florida team like a Tea Party member lobbies against Obamacare).

"There will be no conversation about what happens after this game until after this game,” Meyer said.

He can do that because his team is second in the BCS and undefeated. It’s difficult to believe that the Buckeyes can be jumped and just to be sure it won’t, the former Florida coach is not disciplining guard Marcus Hall for his actions in Saturday’s game. Neither is the BCS title-desperate Big Ten-ish.

Mark Dantonio, the Michigan State coach, even stumped for his team this week. “Why not us?” he said. Well, because you play in a weak conference and only played one decent non-conference game and lost to Notre Dame. Hence, my good man, a No. 10 ranking in the BCS.

And yet, this is where I get a little concerned about the future of college football. Because if Ohio State and Florida State end up playing for the national title, isn’t the message being sent that you are better off playing an easy schedule than a tough one?

I’m not going to lobby for Auburn if it beats Missouri or vice versa although the arguments are solid. I have little doubt FSU has the best team in the country, but that little doubt is based on the fact the Seminoles played a 1-game season. The win at Clemson was impressive, but when you see that Clemson team handled by an SEC team that lost to Tennessee, it weakens the argument.

For Ohio State to win 25 straight games is amazing, but if you are a voter and are taking last season into consideration you are a Vidiot — a voting idiot.

Still, if I were a voter it would be difficult not to place FSU at No. 1 after it demolishes the overachieving Dukies and Ohio State at No. 2 after it outscores Michigan State even after Auburn wins when a Missouri punt hits off the ceiling of the Georgia Dome and bounces into the stands for a game-winning safety.

There is way too much SEC fatigue for the voters to jump Auburn. Let’s face it, the league needs Michigan State to win.

But the bigger question is whether precedence will be set. And that’s something we won’t know for a few years because of the new committee that will decide which teams make the new College Football Playoff.

It will be easier for the people who make up that committee because they will have four choices instead of two. It’s kind of like being at a sushi restaurant and you can’t decide, and then your boss says he’s picking up the tab.

But, the new debate will be among the teams that are not the no-brainers for the playoff. And we don’t know if the committee will go in the direction of the basketball committee where who you play and where you played them matters or be blinded by the light of an impressive W-L record.

If you’re an athletic director, your schedule is set for next year. But you’ll be keeping an eye on what comes out of next year’s conclave.

Is it better to be good or unbeaten?

We all know it’s best to be both.

Contact Pat Dooley at 352-374-5053 or at dooleyp@gvillesun.com. And follow at Twitter.com/Pat_Dooley.

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