Who now, what now?
Gentlemen, start your spin machines and prepare the oil can for Gary Danielson’s jaw. Alert ESPN’s fleet of former Ohio State players ready to speak objectively on behalf on the Bucks.
Will it be Urban or Nick, scarlet or crimson, off script or Script Ohio?
These are the questions left after a college football day that literally busted at the seams.
The game-delaying field turf split in Indianapolis, site of the Big Ten championship, was a perfect metaphor for a selection committee that must now stitch together the end zone for this year’s four-team playoff.
Here is TMG’s best guess at the major bowl lineup:
Sugar: No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Ohio State (or Alabama)
Rose: No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia
New Year’s Six bowls:
Fiesta: USC vs. Wisconsin
Peach: Central Florida vs. Auburn
Cotton: Penn State vs. Washington
Orange: Miami vs. Alabama (or Auburn if Alabama makes playoffs. In that scenario, let’s go with Ohio State vs. USC in the Fiesta and UCF vs. Notre Dame in the Peach).
It could have been snip-and-tidy easier had undefeated Wisconsin stayed undefeated against Ohio State, but you just knew that wouldn’t happen.
Simple things first.
Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia all celebrated crushing victories against Miami, TCU and Auburn in the ACC, Big 12 and SEC conference title games.
Those schools will all advance to the fourth-annual College Football Playoff, with Clemson likely ending up No.1 and playing in the Sugar Bowl.
Oklahoma and Georgia are seemingly bound to the Rose Bowl, hosting the other national semifinal game on Jan.1.
The fourth spot, however, is a bake-off not only between pedigree powers Ohio State and Alabama. It also matches Urban Meyer and Nick Saban, the greatest coaches of this era and owners of eight combined national titles.
The arguments started before the possibility of this possibility because this is 2017.
In one corner you have Ohio State the 11-2 champion of the Big Ten conference.
In the other is Alabama, the 11-1 non-champion of the SEC
Ohio State, seemingly, has the better resume even if it includes allowing 55 points in a loss at Iowa.
You think that’s bad? In 2001, Nebraska finished No. 2 in the final BCS standings after allowing 62 points in its last game against Colorado.
Two years later, Oklahoma stayed at No. 1 even after a blowout loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game.
Ohio State will end up with a better SOS than Alabama and infinitely superior wins against No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 9 Penn State. Ohio State’s other loss was to Oklahoma.
Alabama’s best wins are against three schools—LSU, Mississippi State and Fresno State—that now have 11 total losses. LSU lost at home to Troy. Fresno State lost to UNLV, which lost to Howard, which lost to Moe, which lost to Larry, which lost to Curly.. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.