Monday, November 20, 2006
Meyer: No rematch in BCS title game
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Urban Meyer watched
nearly every snap of the Michigan-Ohio State game and heard all the
subsequent talk about a rematch.
He was adamant it shouldn't happen.
"I think that'd be unfair to Ohio State and I think it'd be
unfair to the country," Meyer said Sunday. "Just don't believe
that's the right thing to do. You're going to tell Ohio State they
have to go beat the same team twice, which is extremely
What if a rematch happens?
"If that does happen, all the (university) presidents need to
get together immediately and put together a playoff system," Meyer
said. "I mean like now, January or whenever to get that done."
Meyer broke down the top teams in the Bowl Championship Series
standings, all the while stating Florida's case for facing the
Buckeyes in the national championship game -- assuming the
fourth-ranked Gators beat rival Florida State on Saturday and No. 5
Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference title game the following
The Wolverines had their shot and didn't even win their
The Fighting Irish lost 47-21 at home to Michigan.
The Razorbacks lost 50-14 at home to Southern Cal to open the
Maybe. But the Trojans lost to unranked Oregon State.
Meyer said the Gators (10-1) -- who dropped one spot in both
polls and remained fourth in the BCS following a 62-0 win over
Division I-AA Western Carolina -- should have the inside track to
play for it all. Florida's lone loss came at then-No. 11 Auburn.
The Gators trailed 18-17 early in the fourth quarter and had
third-and-3 at the 6-yard line when a questionable call resulted in
a momentum-changing fumble. Meyer still believes Chris Leak was
attempting to throw when the ball dropped out of his hand.
But officials ruled a fumble, and the Tigers went on to win
"We went to a hostile environment, played our hearts out. We
were on the 6-yard line and failed to get it done," Meyer said.
"So I think when you look at all that, there's two schools out
there that probably can go ahead and say, 'OK, we deserve a shot.
Here's our schedule. We played a difficult schedule.'
"I think USC and Florida are the two teams that, if they take
care of business, deserve a shot."
The Gators probably need to win out and have USC beat Notre Dame
next Saturday, which would eliminate the Fighting Irish, then have
UCLA upset the Trojans the following week.
Even then, Florida would have to hope to be ahead of Michigan in
the BCS standings.
"We've just got to take care of our business. Do I believe that
the SEC should be in it? Absolutely," Meyer said. "I would say
that if it were up to the 117 Division I-A coaches, certainly it
would not be a rematch. But I don't believe it's up to them. So
we'll find out."
Meyer also reiterated his desire for a playoff system.
"I do believe as time wears on and you kind of sit back and
look, that the only thing justifiable is to do that," he said. "I
used to think it would be impossible to do, with all the stadiums,
with selling tickets, with how would you do this. I believe there
is enough firepower out there now that you could get that done.
Don't ask me how to do it because I'm too busy. But I believe
there's enough people out there to get that done."
As for this season, Meyer just hopes the BCS avoids a
Michigan-Ohio State rematch.
"If I'm Ohio State, I go get a bunch of rings picked out and
say we won the national championship," Meyer said. "That's not
right. That's not right. I think what happened in 1996 (with
Florida getting a rematch against Florida State) was a lot
different because you didn't have the BCS. You had simply voting at
the end, and that was unique. ... This is a completely different