Meyer: No rematch in BCS title game

Updated: November 20, 2006, 3:31 AM ET
Associated Press

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 difficult?"

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 week.

Michigan?

The Wolverines had their shot and didn't even win their conference.

Notre Dame?

The Fighting Irish lost 47-21 at home to Michigan.

Arkansas?

The Razorbacks lost 50-14 at home to Southern Cal to open the season.

USC?

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 27-17.

"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 era now."


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