As he proved in two seasons at the University of Utah, Urban Meyer is a terrific coach. He's also lucky, as illustrated by what happened Saturday to advance his cause of winning a third national championship.
All Meyer had to do was mildly complain about a BCS system that's formerly rewarded him and, sure enough, things started happening in his favor. A few hours after his unbeaten Ohio State team held off Michigan by stopping a two-point conversion attempt in a 42-41 victory, Meyer got the kind of break that helped his one-loss Florida teams in 2006 and '08.
Auburn's 100-yard touchdown return of a field-goal attempt on the last play of the game gave the Tigers a 34-28 win over Alabama, almost certainly knocking the Crimson Tide out of the national title picture. The result is that Ohio State is now No. 2 in the BCS standings and presumably will play for the championship, as long as the Buckeyes beat Michigan State in the Big Ten title game.