The college football debate over the last several weeks has been centered on the top two teams in the country.
Is it Alabama or Florida State?
Ask Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and he'll tell you that the Buckeyes should be thrown into that conversation, according to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch:
Urban Meyer on coach poll vote: “I’ve had us 2 all year (behind Bama) .. just think we’re playing like 1 of top teams in country right now"— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) November 11, 2013
Well, at least somebody believes that to be true. In the AP Poll, BCS rankings and USA Today Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes are the third best team behind Alabama and Florida State. Ask 10 people in a room if those rankings are correct and nine will nod their head. The other must be from Columbus or is related to Meyer in some way.
Where should Ohio State be ranked?
Hey, but it could always be worse. Dave Christensen could have pegged Wyoming as the top team in the country. That would have really been a train wreck.
In one way this is disturbing. Coaches being allowed to vote for their teams and conferences is weird. Coaches don't have time to watch college football all week and probably can count on one hand how many games they've seen from some of the teams they're picking in the Top 25. The poll is clearly filled with bias.
On the other hand, what do you want Meyer to say?
The Buckeyes are undefeated and have simply clobbered teams throughout the year. It's not their fault they play in a poor conference and are stuck playing teams with losing records. Maybe they are the best team in the country.
With the lack of competition in the Big Ten, Meyer knows his team has to play at a higher level than the rest of the country.
Meyer not talking "style points" but has told his team "you have to play great to stay in the same breath with those other teams" at the top— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) November 11, 2013
But based on the BCS system, Florida State and Alabama have looked like the superior teams. While they're beating up on ranked opponents and have looked flawless on both sides of the ball, Ohio State has played only two fickle ranked teams (Wisconsin and Northwestern) and only the Badgers are still ranked.
Like it or not, that's the system we have until next year.
Until then, we'll have to deal with the arguing among fans and the coaches voting for their favorite team.