Urban Meyer continues to win football games with the Ohio State Buckeyes after narrowly escaping with a 42-41 win over the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday. Up to now, however, they had been left out of the BCS National Championship due to getting stuck behind other undefeated teams in the BCS standings. Thanks to their narrow win and the exciting loss of the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Buckeyes are finally in line to play for the national title this January as the No. 2 team in the latest BCS rankings.
Due to their lack of a strong schedule or signature wins against a “down” Big Ten, Ohio State wasn’t able to make up ground on previously undefeated Alabama and the still undefeated Florida State Seminoles. They needed one of them to slip up and lose at some point or OSU would have been helpless to get into the championship game no matter how many games they won. The Alabama loss was a huge break for the Buckeyes and they are now one win away from taking advantage of it and punching their ticket to the BCS National Championship.
Next up for Meyer and the Buckeyes are the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten title game next weekend. The Spartans will be the biggest test yest for Ohio State as they boast the best defense in the country this season as they’ve boasted an 11-1 record this season and rolled through their conference schedule. Ohio State will have their hands full getting their high-powered offense on track in Indianapolis next week with a possible national title on the line.
Meyer has been frustrated with the BCS system this season as his undefeated start at Ohio State seemed inadequate to get him into the national title conversation. Thanks to a timely loss by Alabama, though, Ohio State will get their shot to play for the BCS National Championship.