- Austin Ward, ESPN Staff Writer
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Whether it's the current system, which Urban Meyer called "flawed," or the playoff format that will soon replace it, the Ohio State coach isn't expecting the controversy that accompanies college football's postseason to go away.
With the No. 3 Buckeyes under intense scrutiny every week and Baylor closing the gap in the BCS standings and potentially in position to leapfrog his team, Meyer voiced his frustration while trying to deflect attention away from the polls and computer formulas.
"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," Meyer said Monday. "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?"
The BCS selection process is in its final year before the College Football Playoff begins next season.
The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) would be solidly in position to qualify for that four-team bracket if it existed this season, and the head-to-head comparison with surging Baylor (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) wouldn't be quite as relevant.
As it stands, though, both teams still need help to supplant No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State and play for the crystal football. And with the Buckeyes' lead over No. 4 Baylor trimmed to .0013 in the composite BCS equation, they are also clearly aware of their shrinking margin for error to be the team standing next in line to play for the national title.
"There's nothing we can do about it. There's no lobbying we can do at this point to change the BCS formula," senior center Corey Linsley said. "The only thing we can concentrate on is how do we advance further in the BCS, how do we keep ahead of Baylor? That's just the reality. How do we get to the national championship? That's our goal. That's the only thing we can control, and that's really what we're focused on.
"We're disappointed by [winning at Illinois] 60-35. We didn't cover whatever spread that we needed to, didn't score enough points to boost up our rating. That's a reason why we're disappointed with the way that we played. It's reality."
Whether it's the current system, which Urban Meyer called "flawed," or the playoff format that will soon replace it, the Ohio State Buckeyes coach isn't expecting the controversy that accompanies college football's postseason to go away.