Ohio State Second in BCS, Good Position Entering Big Ten Title Game

By Kyle Rowland on December 1, 2013 at 8:32p
129 Comments
Eyes on the prize, gents.
RK Team BCS
1 Florida State .995
2 Ohio State .950
3 Auburn .923
4 Alabama .854
5 Missouri .843
6 Oklahoma State .763
7 Stanford .707
8 South Carolina .704
9 Baylor .662
10 Michigan State .653

Ohio State is in the BCS National Championship Game – for now. The second-ranked Buckeyes’ lead on Auburn is 27 thousandths of a point in the latest standings, but that is larger than many thought it would be after an incredible Saturday. 

There was euphoria inside a convoy of buses as they trekked through Marion County at about 7 p.m. Saturday night. The occupants were the Ohio State Buckeyes, and they had just witnessed the most unlikely ending in college football history. Auburn’s 109-yard missed field goal return propelled Ohio State into the title game discussion, but it also gave the Tigers a claim to join the party.

The Buckeyes are ranked second in the human polls and the computers. Auburn’s average computer rating is slightly behind Ohio State. The Tigers play No. 5 Missouri this week, while the Buckeyes play a Michigan State team that's ranked 10th but gets little respect due to its Big Ten affiliation. 

Rivalry Saturday proved to be the best day of the season. Along with the Iron Bowl, Ohio State-Michigan delivered perhaps its finest game in 110 editions as the Wolverines’ two-point conversion with 32 seconds left ended with a Buckeye interception.

If Ohio State – and Auburn – doesn’t win its conference championship, all the BCS talk becomes moot. But just one week after BCS guru Jerry Palm said a one-loss team wouldn’t and couldn’t pass an unbeaten team, a scenario where that could indeed take place envelops college football.

The Buckeyes currently have a 25-point advantage over Auburn in the Coaches Poll and a 66-point lead in the Harris Poll. 

“I think if you’re a voter and you’re thinking about it, you don’t make the jump of a one-loss over an undefeated until you have to,” ESPN BCS guru Brad Edwards said. “You don’t have to do it until next week, so regardless, don’t read too much one way or the other into today’s poll.”

The final Coaches Poll ballots will be made public, which is a ploy to keep head coaches honest and attempt to force them not to vote with an agenda. But there have been many ballots in the past that have raised eye brows. It's not uncommon for coaches to favor fellow conference teams and there have been instances where it appeared they voted based on what game they wanted to see, not who the two best teams were. 

Ohio State has only defeated one team ranked in the BCS top 25 – No. 21 Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Auburn’s defeated three top-25 teams – Alabama (4), Georgia (22) and Texas A&M (24).

Northern Illinois was the big winner in the BCS-buster sweepstakes this week. Fresno State’s loss eliminated it from the non-qualifier pool. Now the Huskies just need to beat Bowling Green and either finish in the top 16 of the BCS rankings – they’re currently 14 – and ahead of AAC leader Central Florida or finish in the top 12. UCF is currently ranked 16th in the BCS.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

If we win, we're in!

Fuck m*ch*gan! That is all.

BuckeyeChris's picture

Yep. Totally agree.  Beat Sparty... go to Pasadena (post-Rose Bowl). 
 

sigzeta's picture

How are Georgia and Texas A&M still ranked?

Corvas's picture

4 losses to SEC teams is equivalent to 8 wins in any other conference.

Boxley's picture

Because they are in the SEC, if they were in any other conference with that record they would be unranked. So stating Auburn has played three ranked teams, well so have we, at the time we played them. Northwestern, PSU, Wisconsin, Iowa. _ichigan was ranked earlier as was Indiana.
Just more SEC favorism BS.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Deadly Nuts's picture

I guess Auburn didn't play Auburn football vs. LSU.

Fuck m*ch*gan! That is all.

njclebuckeye5's picture

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

Whoa Nellie's picture

Wow.  No. 10 runs like Capt. Jack Sparrow.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

cinserious's picture

If I had a teenage daughter with 4.4 speed, I would imagine that's how she would prance into the endzone! 

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

Whoa Nellie's picture

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

Jeeves's picture

Georgia and Texas AM are only ranked because of sec affiliation.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Did I really just read that Georgia and Texas A&M are ranked?

Anyway, I think if we win, we're in.

FROMTHE18's picture

Be a big shock if they did jump OSU, assuming OSU pulls off the B1G title...I think it would just summarize how much the 'SEC, SEC, SEC' crap by the media over the last 7 years has controlled college football. IF OSU wins, unbeaten in 25 straight games, a BCS conference title, traditional powerhouse...Auburn jumping that would show incredible bias, more so than we have seen to this point.

harleymanjax's picture

If we beat the number 10 team, there is no way Auburn jumps us!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Seattle Linga's picture

Go Bucks - show the world who's Number 1

BuckeyeUte's picture

Couldn't agree more, and there argument is our 25 game winning streak doesn't help us because half of it is in the past season, and we play in he weak B1G. Idiots then start talking about the seven years of Sec MNC champs and how that plays into how the voting goes. REALLY, what a bunch of crap, stupid hypocrites.

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Focus on Sparty. That's all that matters this week.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I guess go Missouri. 

Class of 2010.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Yeah, I think Mizzou will win, which will be hilarious. It will be like watching a monster tyrant die slowly and painfully, making far too desperate attempts at survival (The SEC campaigning for Mizzou/Bama in the MNCG if Auburn loses.)

toledo_buckeye's picture

The funniest part would be Mizzou was a middle of the road big 12 team and it only takes them 2 years to win the mighty SEC.

bethmowins's picture

I think OSU gets in with a W but I'll be a big Mizzou fan this week regardless.

buckeyes763's picture

How the hell is Georgia 22 and a terrible aTm 24th? aTm has not beaten anyone, but they do have quality losses!

theobi's picture

think a win against Sparty puts us in. I think.

GoBucks10's picture

Win and we're in!  Let's go Buckeyes!
Georgia and Texas A&M really need to be gone.  The butt-love for the SEC needs to stop.

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

TilstheHun3's picture

“I think if you’re a voter and you’re thinking about it, you don’t make the jump of a one-loss over an undefeated until you have to,” ESPN BCS guru Brad Edwards said. “You don’t have to do it until next week, so regardless, don’t read too much one way or the other into today’s poll.”

That's some serious bs right there...

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?
 

Hovenaut's picture

Kirk Herbstreit....very much in Ohio State's corner tonight.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Hovenaut's picture

Emphasizing the positives.....the offense, that they went into AA and still won, that Meyer has experience at this stage, the one-two punch of Brax and El Guapo is a serious threat.

His statement regarding the offensive nature of major college football in this day and age, and how Ohio State exemplifies that nature as well as any team (Oregon, Baylor, et al) was excellent.

Totally unexpected.

I groaned when they cut to him, but he really brought it tonight.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I agree with Hov ... to add to that .... he also kept pointing out the weakness of the ACC every time the studio crew went to the "weakness of the B1G" argument.  Palmer's' response tended to be that you could overlook the weakness of the ACC because FSU always wins in a blowout.  I applaud Herbie for not falling in line with the knee jerk "we love the SEC" and "we love FSU" narrative.

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

I was gonna say the same. He pretty much beat around to it by praising our win against TTUN. They brought the house to us and we pulled away with a win.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Exactly .... Herbie is being extremely fair to tOSU tonight ....glad to hear it

BuckeyeUro's picture

Second ^. He is being very logic tonight.

Calgarybuck's picture

Was rudely interrupted while backing us up with all the "Who Auburn played crap" 

cinserious's picture

Anyone else notice Herbie's emotionless, almost disgusted look on his face as he was uttering his 'scripted' words? I guess ESPN needed 1 antagonist to the 3 C-Suckers in the studio. Kirk almost looked like he was a hostage being videotaped by armed masked terrorists while defending 'his' Buckeyes.

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

PierogyJim's picture

Your computer info is wrong, Kyle, check the  updated computer rankings:
http://espn.go.com/college-football/bcs

Kyle Rowland's picture

Already changed. Palm's info was wrong. 

PierogyJim's picture

Sorry, I saw that you changed it and tried editing my post. I am a little surprised that Palm was so far off. I read somewhere that something like 21% of coaches and 31% of Harris voters will have to flip OSU and Auburn for it to change BCS formula dramatically. Anyway, good job! :)

PierogyJim's picture

Edit: accidental repeat, please delete. Drasted phone!

cal3713's picture

I actually felt pretty good looking at this.  We're a solid #2 in every poll, computer or human, and we've got a strong opponent next week.  Looking at this all made me think that we will indeed be in if we win out.  I think it'll take a mutiny by human voters to change that.

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

Two teams like Fla. St. and Auburn playing for the title would be pretty friggin' lame. Only the entire Southeastern United States (and ESPN) would care and no one else. Now I'll be honest here. I'd much rather see OSU vs. Auburn in the title game than OSU vs. Fla. St. The media and the ratings would like that better but the chances of that happening are pretty slim. 

GoBucks10's picture

According to the rankings, OSU's computer average is higher than Auburn: 
 
http://espn.go.com/college-football/bcs/_/year/2013

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

BAR43's picture

how dare you link espin bullshit... even if it is statistical information please find it else where!!

hit_the_couch's picture

Forgot your sarcasm font; people are gonna DV the crap out of this.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Win and in. Just focus on this week and then we would have urban fuckin Meyer to prepare for a team for a month....that's ask I got to say about that. JUST WIN

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

BeijingBucks's picture

Haha... The media want Buckeye nation to worry about it so they can get media hits and be center stage in the dialogue. 
we better beat MSU before we worry about anything else. 
FSU has bigger fears right now... They know they're in but don't know if they have a QB

otrain2416's picture

About time Michigan State is a top 10 team. Stanford does not belong ahead of them. They lost to a team who's not even bowl eligible.

cinserious's picture

AP idiots actually have Stanford above MSU! Guess they're living in the past (like 6 weeks ago).
I get the feeling the AP voters is comprised of nothing but Jesse Palmers, David Pollaks, Finebaums, etc.

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

The computers have our back.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Mute's picture

I was honestly expecting it to be closer
Not a chance in hell Auburn jumps OSU next week if both win, even if OSU wins by 1 and Auburn wins by 30

TilstheHun3's picture

But Auburn’s average computer rating is No. 2 compared to 2.75 for Ohio State. The Tigers’ opponent this week is No. 5 Missouri, which carries a computer rating of 4.75, while 10th-ranked Michigan State’s is 11.5.
Even if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten title and remain second in both polls, Auburn could jump them due to the Tigers’ upper hand in the computers.

Can someone explain this to me considering this:
http://espn.go.com/college-football/bcs
EDIT! My bad, I see his numbers were wrong... Win and we're in!!! It's happening!

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?
 

smartfootballrankings's picture

He just was assuming dumb things.  It's really tough for a 1 loss team to be ranked ahead in computers unless their schedules are vastly different.  Simply because there are usually multiple 1 loss teams, and they are all competing for that spot.  Auburn still has to compete with Alabama for the best 1 loss spot, along with Oklahoma State.  They lucked out a bit with Clemson losing.
The voters could try some nasty stuff like voting Ohio State 8th or something (one dumbass from Detroit already did this), and with the end of the BCS, there is little to lose as a coach, but either way, Auburns potential win next week isn't better than what they already did, and they didn't move much, and Ohio State's game next week is close enough to Auburns that it's very unlikely to matter.

bucksfan92's picture

There is absolutely, positively NO CHANCE OSU gets jumped by a 1 loss team if we win.  All we gotta do is beat Sparty and we are in.  Beating Sparty is going to be tough, but I am confident we will do it.  

brandonbauer87's picture

Herbie is standing up for the good guys. This just proves he can be objective and still support Ohio State. He just can't do both every week. 

lax20's picture

Don't worry.  Missouri will beat Auburn just like LSU did.  Their D is the best in the SEC.  Florida St team is flying so high that Duke will eke out the victory.  No homer fans or refs in Charlotte, NC.  Buckeyes take care of business and plays Missouri in the NC

TilstheHun3's picture

You really think DUKE is going to beat FSU? I mean, anything can happen, but it's DUKE. One more time, it's DUKE...
Anyway, Go Bucks! Beat Sparty! The People, The Tradition, The Excellence. Go Buckeyes!

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?
 

Seattle Linga's picture

Don't be surprised if Coach K runs the 4-corner offense 

Corvas's picture

I love that Stanford just gets to ignore 2 losses to unranked teams. Ridiculous.

BeijingBucks's picture

I love that 'being Oregon' has become a negative connotation a la Baylor's 'Oh No! We're Oregon!'
 

cinserious's picture

I love that FSU beating Duke is suddenly more impressive than Ohio State beating MSU!

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

BuckeyeChief's picture

Go Bucks, and go blue devils.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

BuckeyeUro's picture

Damn it Wisconsin!!

raki's picture

I hate this Georgia guy David pollack. Does anybody agree with me. For god sake you are a analyst for college football. Not an sec Analyst on ESecPN. Wow the rational he brings to get sec in the the BCS chap. is so absurd. AUBURN runs a triple option spread and is no way dynamic as TOSU offense, Yes our defense had some issues this week but i am sure we are gone take care of it. URBAN has to take care of the defense this week.

BeijingBucks's picture

Alabama had a game like our game against UM when they played Texas A&M. Left the defenses at home. It happens at times not season defining

hit_the_couch's picture

I'm still mad that my Bengals drafted Pollack; at least he was a bust.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

unknownmusketeer's picture

Palmer is much better than Pollack, and that is saying a lot. I haven't been able to take David Pollack seriously ever since his C. Rice comment.

GeorgiaBuckeye2114's picture

Kirk just called out Jesse Palmer! Love it

njclebuckeye5's picture

watched a little bit of the BCS show (by now I find all this chatter about being jumped hilarious.)
Rece asked something along the lines of who the two best teams were, and Jesse was like "Oh, okay you're asking me that? Then I'll take Florida State, and then Alabama." Then explained why he thought Alabama was the best team on a neutral field, one game, etc.
That's the funny part to me. You can debate who has more talent, better coaching, who looks the best or whatever until you're blue in the face. And I could hear an argument for pretty much anyone in the top 4-6 being the "best team" by a certain standard of subjective measure.
But this "look at their resume" stuff some analysts are pulling is bullshit. I don't care who you beat, you lost. 
Auburn lost by 14 to 3 loss LSU.
Ohio State hasn't lost in over what, 700 something days? 
That -0 in the loss column is huge. 
Also, for all you Herbie bashers, he just pointed out the ACC is worse than the Big Ten while Palmer is glossing over FSU's schedule.
edit: looks like Herbie is still trying a little too hard to be impartial.

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

GoBucks10's picture

All we need now is Hyde for Heisman.
Roll Damn Hyde!

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

WezBuck28's picture

Here's the way I look at it, bama gave auburn plenty of chances to put them away with the turnovers and just plain old bad play, auburn couldn't capitalize.. not until the very last play when bama's big boys were on the field..where do I mean by this? They didn't have the speed on the field to catch the return man..bama had big, slow guys on the field for blocking purposes..auburn just got lucky I would say, now dont get me wrong because I'm very thankful for that victory, I'm just saying I don't believe they should "jump us" because of that victory...if bama played to their capability in that game we would be in a total different ball game right now..now, we need a HUGE win against MSU in order to really seal our spot..

DefendYoungstown's picture

We win, we're in. Even Jessie Palmjobber said if they didn't jump them this week with a win over a #1 Bama I'm not sure they would have enough next week from the sec championship game.  Hopefully UFM can get these guys laser focused this week to deliver a shellacking to MSU.  We haven't faced a D as good as MSU's BUT they haven't faced an offense as potent as ours up to this point.  Should be a really good game.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

thatlillefty's picture

+! for for 'Palmjobber'.

Alex Root's picture

Anyone think that Auburn schedule isn't that great. Ooc schedule is crap, A&M has 4 losses, Georgia has 4 losses, Lsu is now #15 and ole miss isn't ranked anymore. 

WezBuck28's picture

I can't use sarcasm font for some reason, my phone isn't giving me the option, but here's my answer to that question....

Those teams are all in the SEC, so that doesn't matter how many losses they have, or if they are not even ranked..

WezBuck28's picture

And by the way, lick my buckeye nuts Pollack.. you too Rosie Palmer..way to look at each other when u don't have an answer as to why they were not bashing FSU's sos...Haha what a joke..

topgun67's picture

fellow brothers
it's simple.
we beat State by comfortable score, doesn't matter what Auburn does, PERIOD.  quit reading other so called 'experts'.  they all have an agenda (either from southern schools, media covering SEC, or whatever).  of course, they will rout for their own league or teams affiliated w/ the league. 
As Urban said, we focus on State, beat the State comfortably, and then we prepare for championship game in CA. 
Simple formula, but tougher to get it done. we need to show up w/ A game (like school up north just did).   We need to play best game of the year

BAR43's picture

Lets save best game of the year for FSU, we will need it. We need to play our game: solid running, blocking, short passes, wr screens, and USE THE TE's!!!!! Defense needs to get back to basics of TACKLING! If we do these things we will win decisively, just need to do the little things right we overlooked against ttun.

bucksfan92's picture

Why any former OSU player would work for ESPN is beyond me.  The obvious hate being spewed from that insignificant studio in some backwater town up in the northeast is sickening.  How anyone could say with a straight face that Auburn, who basically lost to Georgia at home last week, should be in even if OSU beats Sparty ... there are just no words for that kind of stupid.
Now I know why I haven't watched anything on ESPN that isn't a game for the last 5 years.  After 10 minutes of this shit I am done with them forever.

topgun67's picture

why? money of course.  Herb makes 7 digit figure + working for that clown of a network.
On the other hand, rest assured that FOX Sports will compete hard against ESPN dominance and Fox will be more friendly to Big 10.  In any case, I don't care about media much.
99 out of 100 times, you win games, that takes care of everything. 
If we do play FL state, I do think we have a great chance to beat them.  FL State has not faced anything like OSU this year.  Clemson is a good team but no better than our WI or NEB in my view.  We can score against FL state's D.  issue is can we stop Winston?  If we can rattle him so he has an average game with 1 or 2 TDs only, and if we can power run them on the ground, controlling the clock with 4-5 TDs we can win this.
 
GO BUCKS

onetwentyeight's picture

URBAN MEYER HIMSELF worked for ESPN for a year. 
 
I understand sometimes ESPN can feel biased towards OSU/the B1G. But ESPN isn't some MONOLITH with the SOLE goal of destroying buckeye nation. It's a huge corporation, like any other. OUR HEAD COACH/SAVIOR/CURRENT EMPEROR himself was a talking head for them. If Urban's okay with them I can't see ESPN as the Anti-OSU Death Star.

Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

Thank god Sparty is a top-10 team this year.  I could maybe envision a scenario where we get jumped if we only beat 1 ranked team this year.  But an undefeated major conference team capping its season with a win over a top-10 ranked opponent?  No, there is no scenario on earth where that's not a national championship resume.
Thanks again Sparty, you're always good to be the Big-10s useful patsy.

tdible2132's picture

Still not sure why Ohio State not being "dominant" in winning ALL of their games isn't more impressive to Pollack and Palmer than Auburn losing a game as well as not being dominant against Washington State, Mississippi St. (who almost lost at home to BGSU), and needing a miracle against Georgia and Alabama.  
I would love to have heard someone bring that up when they were going on that rant about OSU not being dominant.  Either way, it's like trying to fit a square peg through a round hole.  It's just not gonna sink in with them.  At least their opinions aren't counted in the BCS formula.

jenks's picture

The thing is, they showed all of the endings just before talking about how great Auburn is and how they're a team of destiny. But as far as OSU goes... not dominant, not good.

BAR43's picture

And yet they use the win margin for FSU since they know all their games were against worthless teams. Funny how they skew what is important based on conference and to disclaim OSU in every way.

jenks's picture

Did Palmer just discount what a win over #10 MSU would mean, and then immediately talk about how good a win over #24 Duke would be for FSU???

theobi's picture

Crazy that the margin between us and Auburn is greater in the computers than the human polls. Didn't see that coming.

toledo_buckeye's picture

I like how they all ignore the Boston College game.

N8thegr8's picture

What a shitty headline for this. Sounds like ESPN. Even Herbie, HERBIE, said there is no situation short of OSU losing where he can see Auburn jumping to #2. Win against SParty and the Buckeye's are innnnnnnnnnnnnnn! 

"Play for Ohio State or get beat by Ohio State. That simple." - Kirk Barton 

bukyze's picture

Hey Pollack!  You could use a little bit of this (apply liberally):

Buster Hymen's picture

Two loss South Carolina is ahead of MSU? They lost to Tennessee (5-7)! What a bunch of crap!

N8thegr8's picture

What's gotten into Herbstreit tonight? He's bringing up Brax for the Heisman now! 

"Play for Ohio State or get beat by Ohio State. That simple." - Kirk Barton 

N8thegr8's picture

Which I am good with. He certainly deserves to go to NYC at minimum 

"Play for Ohio State or get beat by Ohio State. That simple." - Kirk Barton 

Ohio1St81's picture

It is just infuriating to listen to this - the double standard and circular logic is just appalling. Jesse Palmer says it's hard to ignore recent history, and uses that to justify giving an SEC team the benefit of the doubt with one loss. Yet his argument that recent history can't be discounted stops short of giving Ohio State credit for a 25 game win streak. Meanwhile, the lack of ranked teams on Michigan State's schedule is eviscerated, while FSU's opponent's ranked wins (Virginia Tech and Miami) are now unranked. Just come out and say it: 7 years later you still are penalizing Ohio State for a bad game against Florida. Your justifications are a farce. 
I've done a good job keeping myself composed these last several weeks and toning down the tin-foil hat "everyone is out to get us" mentality but something just snapped in me listening to that drivel tonight. I hope our defense burns Lucas Oil Stadium to the ground next week because it sounds like that's the only outcome superior to a 21-35 loss to LSU. 

Jcole737's picture

Here is what is about to happen: osu and fsu win and get in. In the week after the final bcs poll, Winston gets arrested and suspended. osu v. fsu with backup qb. goodnight fsu. Recruiting dominance shifts the rest of the way from Saban to Urban. Playoff appearance every year.

thatlillefty's picture

I'll root for our boys all day long, but never another kids' demise. Let the courts sort that one out before we pass judgment.

UrbanCulture's picture

Whatever he did is in the past. I am rooting for the truth to come out, whatever it may be.

AngryWoody's picture

Mark Schlabach has us playing UCF in the Orange bowl...yeah.
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zosima's picture

He is picking Sparty in the B1G championship game. I have no problem with that.... i really hope Urban has everyone focused and ready. That was a physical and emotional win over our hated rival, and Sparty is actually a really good team (easliy top 5 if they were an SEC team and got the SEC boost)... I am more nervous about this game than any since the las one against USC, taking significance into consideration.

BeijingBucks's picture

There are what 16 teams in the SEC?  All the rest are not... Ergo I do believe SEC Fatigue will keep them out the same way it helped them get in for an Alabama LSU snooze fest. OSU vs FSU would be an offensive delight for all viewers and will result in great ratings. Everyone wins! Even espn if they think about it... Which they won't. 
But watching coach Holtz get the final word on mays in ESPNs 'Final Verdict' actually made me Snicker. 

TilstheHun3's picture

I don't think all of this will happen, but how funny would it be if somehow:
1. The Buckeyes dominate MSU (just to appease them by looking dominant)
2. FSU loses to Duke (yeah, not likely)
3. Auburn (the team of destiny) losses to Missouri on a deflected pass... or gets trounced
Buckeyes vs. Missouri in the MNC, or would they put 'Bama back in?
Anyway, my guess is that it will be FSU vs. tOSU in the MNC.
Wondering though, is there any chance tOSU passes FSU in the computers? It looks possible. FSU has a smaller lead in the computers over tOSU than tOSU has over Auburn. They even have a computer ranking them 4 (which gets thrown out) and tOSU's lowest computer ranking is #3. Wouldn't that be hilarious?

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?
 

BuckeyeEd's picture

If it happens....We beat FSU.....We will be Underdogs (a Good Thing)..........................................................................and Urban did the right thing with Carlos concerning the issues at the beginning of the year (3 game suspension), even though charges dropped. FSU and this issue with Rape and JW, the cover-up and lies. I have seen it so often you do the right things and good things happen. You do wrong....The wheel does turn. I am more confident of winning that one than against Sparty.
 
Good vs Evil........Feels good to be good.

William's picture

Well that ices all of the 1-loss Auburn jumping us bullshit. Win Saturday and they're in. Suck on that Pollack, you dumb jock. 

NotCincyOSU's picture

Please, sir, quit criticizing ESPN and affiliated ESPN personnel. That is all.

The worldwide leader.

UrbanCulture's picture

almost threw you a DV. But then it hit me

hodge's picture

Does it, though?  I mean, what's to stop voters from changing their tune, especially if we struggle against MSU and Auburn dominates Mizzou?

William's picture

OSU has the lead in the human polls, and if they beat a Top 10 team, the computers won't let Auburn jump OSU. The Harris Poll and Computer results gave OSU too much of a buffer. 

hodge's picture

Even if Auburn beats a top five team?  I guess I'm just worried that a dominating Auburn victory could sway public support towards including the SEC at all costs.

William's picture

I'm pretty sure the Computers no longer take into account margin of victory, and I don't see how voters could move a team with one loss that beats a Top 5 team over a team with 0 losses that beats a Top 10 team. OSU wins, and they're in. 

hodge's picture

I think you're right, I guess I'm just a worry wort.
I suppose about the only scenario where it would be plausible would be if Ohio State wins a really ugly game in a decidedly fluky fashion (a la Auburn's last two wins) whilst Auburn rolls.
I can't believe this is actually a conversation right now.

Sean N's picture

Eat Balls Auburn

Dublin68's picture

"To compare this Ohio State team to Notre Dame of last year is ludicrous." – Kirk Herbstreit
 
Finally!!!!!!

Sean N's picture

ND is the new Ohio State in terms of being punished for losing the championship game. Unranked at 8-4 despite wins over #10 MSU and #11 ASU. Compare with 8-4 Texas A&M, ranked in every poll despite zero quality wins.

KingsRite's picture

If OSU would end up #1 that would be freaking glorious. Talk about some butt hurt going on. Oh my!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

zebiraross's picture

Watch all the SEC following to start pushing for Winston to be charged immediately, where previously they couldn't give a crap.

Zeb

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Or, more importantly, ESECPN starts covering the story with the same enthusiasm as tatgate

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

What dominating win does Auburn have again?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Western Carolina of course.

Brady Hoke ate my comment

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Arkansas State too.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

36buck's picture

the shocker is that we are firmly ahead on #3 in the computers.  no one expected that.
I now feel pretty good that if we win, we are in.

Bigbutterbuckeye's picture

That was the first thing I took away from the numbers. There was talk yesterday that there was even a chance Auburn would jump FSU in the computer polls. I feel a lot better after seeing this.

Findog5's picture

Good point in ESPN going after Winston Zebiraross. That would really benefit them to have it front and center this week. 

NCFinn

Fear The Elf's picture

I was reading Jerry Palm's projections last night. He had Auburn with a sizeable computer lead on us (2 to 2.75). I was pretty worried.
 
As of right now, Auburn would need about 40 voters in BOTH human polls to switch their votes for Auburn to jump us. And that assumes that no one else moves OSU up (like the coaches who have us 4th and 5th).
 
Win and in. ALso, Palm is an idiot.
 

Blackbeards Delight's picture

"I try to be subjective."
"They didn't play Stanford football."
"I was on The Bachelor."  
                                  - Jesse Palmer

Crunchy Peanut Butter Bitches.

- Me

 

RC's picture

Jesse Palmer was a QB at a major college program and (briefly) in the NFL.  And yet he STILL had to go on TV to find a woman.  Your opinions are invalid.

collisionbend's picture

My only issue, should our beloved Buckeyes take home the crystal football, is that I'm going to have to shell out a bunch of dead presidents for a couple of new jerseys: seven buckeye leaves on the back collar just ain't gonna cut it.

"There's a fine line between perception and reality." -- Luke Fickell

 
German Buckeye's picture

More disrespect material for us come next week and when we play in the BCS championship. 

BeijingBucks's picture

Yeah. _ichigan was the disrespected team last week and that almost gelled them into a team for a day.