It's assumed that the only people who have to take "style points" into consideration are coaches such as Chris Petersen, Gary Patterson, Kyle Whittingham and the other non-AQers.
Style points affect those in the AQ Country Club as well. I know this because Florida coach Urban Meyer told me. When Meyer was the head coach at Utah, he had to deal with style points. He's had to deal with it at Florida, too.
Hate style points all you want, but to deny that they don't exist and aren't a necessary evil is unrealistic.
"I hate that because it's not what sportsmanship is all about. However, it's real," Meyer said today. "I experienced it here in Florida in 2006; that was brought up many, many times - we're not winning with style points. It's real. That question is extremely real and it's too bad. It does exist and it's a shame. The next question is - how do you fix it?"
Meyer has no idea. No one does. Because in this painfully stupid system there is no alternative than to roll teams by 50.
I asked Meyer if he felt for the Pattersons, Whittinghams and Petersons; coaches who are on the cusp of the BCS but have to drill teams to impress the voters who do nothing but look at a final score.
"I feel for the guys who aren't winning; they have good teams," Meyer said. "I can speak of Kyle and he's not worried about it. But does that mean he loves the (first team) in? Those things are real."
- Mac Engel
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