STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy continued to make his case for his Cowboys Monday night, saying that the potent OSU offense would have at least scored a couple touchdowns on the dominant defense of Alabama or LSU and provided a different kind of game.
Had the “plus-1” system been in place, we would have gotten to see the Cowboys go head-to-head with the Crimson Tide, the team that edged out OSU for the No. 2 spot in the final BCS standings by a mere .0086 points.
BCS officials met Tuesday to discuss the future of the system, and adopting a plus-1 has been widely discussed for years.
Here's a look at how using the plus-1 could have affected the BCS, and college football's national champion, the past 11 seasons.
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Stanford
No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State
We still could have ended up with a rematch in the national championship game. But all the one-loss teams from BCS conferences would have had a shot at the title. And, as mentioned above, this would have pegged OSU's high-powered offense against Alabama's stingy defense.
No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 4 Stanford
No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 TCU
Cam Newton versus Andrew Luck in the semifinals? Oregon's offense versus TCU's defense? Sign me up.
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 TCU
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 Cincinnati
It was pretty clear that Alabama and Texas were the top two teams in the nation in 2009, especially after Cincinnati was throttled by Florida in the Sugar Bowl. But this would have been the first time a non-AQ team got a shot at the title. And maybe Colt McCoy would have stayed healthy.
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Alabama
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 Texas
Remember the madness of the OU-Texas-Texas Tech triangle in 2008? The Longhorns would have been invited to the party with a plus-1. Yet we could have ended up with an all-SEC or all-Big 12 championship game featuring teams that had already played each other.
No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
No. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 Virginia Tech
A two-loss LSU squad, which backed into the national title game after No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia both lost on the final day of the regular season, would have had to get through Virginia Tech first. And the Sooners, who upset Mizzou in the Big 12 title game, would have had a chance at the title.
No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 LSU
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 Michigan
Urban Meyer wouldn't have needed to politick for his Florida squad to leapfrog Michigan to prevent a rematch with Ohio State. The Gators and Wolverines could have settled it on the field.
No. 1 USC vs. No. 4 Ohio State
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 Penn State
That classic between the Trojans and Longhorns would have been delayed — or possibly debunked by a Big Ten squad.
No. 1 USC vs. No. 4 Texas
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Auburn
Auburn finished undefeated yet was denied a chance to play for the title. That wouldn't have happened with a plus-1. And maybe we would have a real national champion this year, rather than USC's vacated title. Unbeaten Utah and one-loss California, which were both ahead of Texas in the AP poll, would have been left out of the four-team tournament.
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Michigan
No. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 USC
This season, we wound up with exactly what the BCS was supposed to eliminate — a split national champion. One of the teams that shared the title, USC or LSU, would not have made it out of the semifinals.
No. 1 Miami vs. No. 4 USC
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Georgia
This was another season where the No. 1 and No. 2 teams were pretty undisputed, as Miami and Ohio State were the nation's only unbeaten teams. Iowa, which finished fifth in the final BCS standings but was third in the AP poll after the regular season, would have had the biggest gripe about being left out.
No. 1 Miami vs. No. 4 Oregon
No. 2 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Colorado
Rematch! Nebraska, which played for the national title even though it did not make its conference championship game (sound familiar?), would have needed to go through rival Colorado to get to the Big Game under the plus-1 format. The Buffaloes throttled the Huskers 62-36 in their first meeting.