COMMENTARY: Right on Schedule, It's the Annual BCS Controversy

Charles E. Sutton | 12/5/2013, noon
One missed field goal attempt later, and we're smack in the middle of a vintage end-of-season rankings controversy — yet ...
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller looks to pass in the first half of the Buckeyes' 56-0 road win over the Purdue Boilermakers on Nov. 2. (Sandra Dukes/USA Today via ohiostatebuckeyes.com)

Now, the spotlight has shifted to the Buckeyes, which have won 24 consecutive games over the past two seasons. That means coach Urban Meyer is undefeated at Ohio State with a record of 24-0.

The primary reason that football analysts have not given Ohio State its just due is the Big Ten isn't as good as it has been in past years. But that's not the Buckeyes' fault — all they can do is beat the team put in front of them, and they've done it 24 straight times. There's a lot to be said for that.

Of course, the Buckeyes almost squandered their good fortune before they even received it. Hours before the Auburn-'Bama drama, Ohio State had a last-minute scare of its own on the road against archrival Michigan, hanging on for a 42-41 win by thwarting a late 2-point conversion attempt.

But Ohio State would likely argue that it shouldn't have taken an Alabama loss to give them a shot at the title, just as Alabama would likely claim that Auburn isn't exactly a pushover and that a narrow loss to the No. 3 team in the nation shouldn't disqualify them. Meanwhile, Auburn must be wondering why beating the undefeated, two-time defending national champion isn't worth a bigger bump in the standings. And what if Mizzou blows out Auburn in the SEC title game?

So, as usual, it's December and several deserving teams are clamoring for two spots in the national championship game, which means the griping over snubbed squads is already underway. Take solace in knowing that we've at least got some great conference championship games ahead of us and, more importantly, it'll be the last season without a playoff to decide its champion. As we bring in the new year, we should all raise our glasses to that.