STILLWATER — Last December, less than nine-thousandths of a point in the final BCS standings kept Oklahoma State out of the national championship game and instead set up an All-SEC matchup between Alabama and LSU.
That minuscule difference between No. 2 and No. 3, the latest and arguably most controversial final regular-season standings in the BCS era, is largely viewed as one of the last straws that pushed college football toward a four-team playoff that will begin in 2014.
Mike Gundy, the Cowboy coach who was just on the outside of playing for the national title, gave his thoughts on the new playoff system during Big 12 Media Days in Dallas last week.
On if he likes the new playoff structure:
“I think so, as much as I know about it. There'll be a committee that's formed to make decisions. It's going to generate a ton of interest across the country. Now the fans have two games to watch and one final game, so it's going to make more money. The presidents and the conferences will be fired up about the money. The fifth team will now be upset like the third team was this year.
“I think the one thing, just in my opinion, that's going to happen — now that they're going to form a committee, the human element is going to eliminate a smaller conference school from playing in it, in my opinion. That's just me. Just because if people sit in a room and make a decision that's not based on a computer or a poll, then somebody's going to say, ‘How are you going to put this team in when this team over here played six teams in the top 30 in the country and this team only played one?' I just think that I think somebody's going to say, ‘Yeah, you're right, we've got to put this team in, no matter who they played.'”