The USA Today Coaches’ Poll has always been a controversial topic in the BCS discussion. The coaches play a small but still significant role in determining which teams should square off in the BCS National Championship Game, but many question the fairness of including people who clearly have an interest in promoting their own teams.
Ohio State is currently ranked third in the BCS standings, but even with a 9-0 record, the Buckeyes haven’t received nearly the same respect as some of the other national contenders all season. Part of that is due to OSU’s slow start to the season, as the Buckeyes had to struggle to survive against Wisconsin and Northwestern, while Alabama, Florida State, Baylor, and even Oregon (before this week of course) had been destroying opponents each week.
Today, Urban Meyer talked about his vote in the Coaches’ Poll and made his voting habits clear:
Urban Meyer says that he’s voted the Buckeyes second all year in the coaches poll.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) November 11, 2013
Clearly Meyer has a vested interest in getting his team to the BCS National Championship Game, so it makes sense that he would put the Buckeyes in the top two, but it once again brings up the issue of the biased nature of coaches. The Buckeyes have been playing well as-of late, but when comparing resumes over the course of the season, most people agree that Alabama and FSU have been head and shoulders above the rest of the country.
Ohio State still needs some help to claim that number two spot based on the standings. Urban Meyer believes that his team can compete with any team in the country, but only time will tell if it actually gets that shot.