SEC politics are what’s wrong with BCS systemPublished 2:09pm Friday, December 6, 2013
Please, anyone but the Ohio State Buckeyes. In fact, any team from the Big Ten should not be allowed in the state of California during the month of January. If you want slow, methodical, boring football, just turn on a Big Ten game. The only thing worse would be a Big Ten team playing Notre Dame.
The Bowl Championship Series always works out, right?
Did A.J. McCarron put everything in perspective when he said, “Football is just a game, it’s not life.”
Tell that to Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs and the thousands of Tigers fans who witnessed another David and Goliath moment last Saturday.
Did you honestly think for one moment that Auburn would pull another “miracle on grass” game out of the hat and defeat a team that was headed for their third consecutive national championship?
Fast forward to moments later when Jacobs let USA Today know that it would be a “disservice to the nation” if the SEC champion is left out of this season’s Bowl Championship title game.
Leave it to Jacobs to boil the Southeastern Conference down to the ruthless, political blood sport that it is. But really, can you blame him for mounting an immediate propaganda campaign for Auburn nation’s greater benefit?
This, in essence, is what has been so ugly and wrong for the past 16 BCS years. It’s the fact that grown men would be put in the shameless positions of shilling their cases to a voting electorate.
Do not blame Jacobs for this; blame the system. He has no choice but to lobby for Auburn, even if the argument is partisan, suspect and duplicitous. The SEC, in its bylaws, simply cannot accept the fact it might not have a team in any BCS title game.
If Florida State and Ohio State win this Saturday, those two undefeated teams from automatic qualifying conferences will play for the national championship.
Fact: Auburn had a better case in 2004 when it actually finished undefeated (with four other teams) but ended up third behind USC and Oklahoma. This Auburn team is not undefeated. It lost to LSU by 14 points and needed a miracle tip to defeat unranked Georgia. Auburn nearly lost its home opener to 6-6 Washington State.
Jacobs’s argument is that the champion of the SEC – the nation’s top conference – must be in the championship. Jacobs doesn’t mention past injustices involving non-SEC schools and I will not go there because you can’t change the past.
I will reference Oregon in 2001 and USC in 2003. You can look it up if you are interested in a little history.
What about a one-loss Missouri, who has played only one team currently ranked in the USA Today coaches’ poll?
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, a newcomer to SEC politics, was more tempered in his assessment. He said a one-loss SEC team should be strongly considered for a title game spot.
The BCS has always been a flawed, three-pronged mess.
Jacobs knows you can’t lobby the computers, so he is working hard on the two human polls. Everyone understands that his job, even if his comments were over the top. Finally, if Jacobs has a problem, however, he should take his complaint to the people who devised, created and sold the BCS in 1998.
Question: What kind of anti-Southern think tank would concoct a system that could leave the SEC champion out of the title game? Answer: The SEC.
Florida State will put up over 50 points on Duke. Duke is a nice story, with a bad ending.
Michigan State has the best defense in the country. Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are one win away from Pasadena. The Spartans win this game with a late field goal and hand the Buckeyes their first loss in two years.
If Sparty wins, the SEC champion will play in the national championship. Will the planets stay in line for Auburn, or will the Show Me State prevail and make believers out of everyone? One thing is for sure, the Tigers will win the SEC.
Just in: FSU quarterback Jameis Winston will not face criminal charges for sexual assault. I read the words printed and watched the press conference held by Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial District. I have also read the response for the alleged victim.
Pay close attention to the statute of limitations date for sexual battery, which is three years. I believe this case will be reexamined and reopened at a later date, but for now, he is free to play football.
Until next time …
Meyers is a sports columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter at @brucemeyers11.