This pick comes with more clauses, disclaimers and responsibility abdications than the back of my cholesterol medicine bottle. It could also easily be seen as a sports writer afraid to put his big toe in the deep end of the swimming pool at Camp Countdown.

Ohio State is, no doubt, worthy of top-five consideration but that all changed when Urban Meyer was put on “obscenely-paid administrative leave.”

We’re putting the Buckeyes in a holding cell until things get sorted out by a blue-ribbon committee looking into Meyer’s handling of Zach Smith’s domestic-violence history. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.