PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
Does anyone here believe the BUCKEYES don't finish the regular season undefeated?
(Obviously it could happen, that's why they play the games, but I don't see us losing at home and this Purdue team would need more than West Lafayette Voodoo)
Only one team will stand atop the "undefeated" mountain......
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Three. How I see it playing out:
LSU defeats Bama.
South Carolina defeats Clemson.
Louisville gets smashed by Bama in the Sugar bowl.
Ohio State defeats Oregon for the national championship.
"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.
That scenario seems fairly plausible, and aside from not actually dethroning the reigning champion, which I think is somewhat necessarily to fully legitimize our phoenix-like return to the big time, would still be a satisfying result.
which I think is somewhat necessarily to fully legitimize our phoenix-like return to the big time,
To the outside world, sure. For those of us that love this team, Ohio State beating any team for the national championship will result in an unapologetic celebration.
Ah, I should have specified: I most definitely meant to those outside Buckeye Nation. That whole "to be the best, you have to beat the best," mentality. And for far too many, beating anyone other than Bama simply won't seal the deal.
For the rest of us, however, it would be equally sweet do demolish the Ducks (again).
It's weird, but there is a part of me that would be more impressed by dominating Oregon. To hold that Oregon offense to less than 300 yards, and 17 points would be an incredible effort.
In a similarly weird sort of way, I think beating Oregon would actually be the tougher chore. This year's Alabama team isn't the same team that won those three titles in four years, and I think we can handle a "run first" offense pretty well, even one as good as Bama's. A more balanced attack, one that is as prolific as Oregon's, is a taller task.
I think tOSU, Oregon and Louisville are all undefeated at the end of the regular season.
3 Ohio State, Oregon and Louisville or 2 OSU and Louisville. After this weekend I can't see a bunch of teams going unbeaten and here's why.
Bama will lose to LSU (and may be again in the SEC championship game too). FSU will beat Clemson and lose to Miami or FL (my guess is FL). Then you have the Oregon situation. With Stanford losing to Utah in a heartbreaker...I can see them pulling out all the stops to beat Oregon. Oh and Stanford beats UCLA this weekend so don't throw them in this mix...they're not ready for a NC anyway.
This starting to remind anyone of 2007 when there were a lot of variables for OSU to get into the NC with one lose? Who would you have ever thought we'd be discussing this about a potential 25 game winning streak undefeated team two years in a row (and please don't tell me OSU could lose...please don't go there...to who? PSU, IU, or TTUN? I think not!)??? I know I never would have guessed this...praying for loses when we're unbeaten.
Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.
(and may be again in the SEC championship game too).
Unless Georgia gets healthy, there's no one in the East that is beating Bama.
That's who I was referring to. And yes, by December 7th I think GA will be healthier at that point (I can't see FL beating Bama that's for sure, they can't score. And as much as I'd like to see Mizzou do well with Matty at QB, I still can't see them winning the East. South Carolina may be it besides GA IMO).
Thanks for your .02;-) Always appreciated BuckeyesVStheworld.
If Bama losing to LSU, LSU is in the SEC championship game..
I can see it now, LSU loses SECCG and people will want bama back in the BCSNCG..
There's no precedent for th... oh, wait.
and that turned out well, didn't it? ZZZzzzzzzzzz
But in 2006, when the SEC was on the outside looking in, theories suggested that since Michigan did not win their conference title, they did not deserve to play for the BCS National Championship, or that a rematch between Michigan and Ohio State was not favored by the poll voters.
Funny how self servers manipulate the system.
I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
Assuming we play up to our potential:
LSU beats Bama, leaving no SEC team unbeaten
Stanford beats Oregon
Florida State/Clemson lose as they play each other
It leaves Ohio State, Louisville, and Florida State/Clemson as unbeatens. In a fair world, itd be Ohio State and FSU/Clemson in the title game but pollsters will put LSU in top 2/3 even with 1 loss. I could see the final regular season poll being: 1. FSU/Clemson, 2. 1-loss LSU, 3. Ohio State. Or even 3. Alabama, 4. Ohio State. The pollsters have very very little respect for OSU and it would take some impressive beat down victories for OSU to win brownie points with the poll-voting asshats. I think even if Ohio State goes undefeated, itd take a loss by the winner of FSU/Clemson to put them in the national title game as I believe that 1-loss LSU or 1-loss Bama gets the nod, as messed up as that seems. Louisville gets mega-screwed unless every team in front of them loses 1 and they go unbeaten. Its quite possible that LSU beats Bama then loses in the SEC title game and 1-loss no-SEC title Bama sneaks into the title game. Either way this pans out, I see 3 but wouldnt be surprised with 4 or even 5 unbeatens (Bama, Oregon, FSU/Clemson, Ohio State, and Louisville).
I voted three but it is more likely two. I think we run the table. I think Louisville runs the table. I don't think both Oregon and Bama run the table but I am thinking one of them does. I am not even considering Clemson or FSU they always seem to drop a game they should not so my guess is the winner of that game drops one late.
Two. And the Buckeyes are one of them.
"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)
I think the only two undefeated teams at the end of the regular season will be Ohio State and Oregon.
I just don't think anyone in the Pac-12 can stop the Oregon offense. Stanford has a chance, but I think they are the only team that has the defense out West to slow the Ducks down. I guess I'd give UCLA a chance also, but it would take a hell of an effort. I think Marriota is one of the top 5 players in the country and he is surrounded by weapons.
As for the Bucks, the only game I see giving them trouble at this point is Indiana and The Game up in AA. If the secondary doesn't get their act together by the time Indiana comes to town, they could keep it close with their offense. The Game is always tough even tough TTUN has zero running game, a turnover machine at QB and a head coach that, well, doesn't even know how to work a headset. The B1GCG could be tough as well with MSU providing the stiffest test, mostly because their defense is really solid and I'm not really buying into the Huskers as of now.
I think 'Bama loses to LSU, FSU loses to Clemson, Clemson loses to South Carolina with an undefeated regular season within its grasp and I don't think any of the other undefeateds behind us in the rankings have the resume to jump us. Maybe Miami is the exception, but they have FSU and Va Tech in back to back weeks, and then the conference championship vs FSU or Clemson.
We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!
That's a pretty sound assessment, and I agree MSU's defense would be the toughest test our offense will have faced, if they end up our opposite in Indy.
Of the "other" unbeatens, Miami is the team that intrigues me the most, give the way outside chance (way, way outside) chance that they end up alongside Ohio State as the only undefeated major conference teams when the dust settles in December.
I agree on Miami, everyone is hyping Clemson-FSU, and rightfully so, but Miami is a sleeper. Morris has an absolute cannon. Won't be shocked if FSU beats Clemson and we see the Noles and Canes square off in a few weeks unbeaten. Would be nice to see IMO, help those two programs recruiting and maybe slow down the SEC a tad. As a fan of college football whom is tired of the SEC rhetoric, I honestly think the only way to slow them down if from competition in recruiting from within the south. If the Noles and Canes are truly back, this weakens the SEC or creates a balance at least.
Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.
I hope there aren't 6 undefeated teams; that would be a nightmare scenario for the MNC game.
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2, Ohio State and Louisville, but a 1 loss SEC team (probably Bama) will be allowed into the National Title game vs the Buckeyes
Brady Hoke ate my comment
3- tOSU, Louisville, and UCLA.... calling my shot now. We square off in the title game v.s. the Bruins, Louisville gets left out and leaped by UCLA after they win the Pac12 CCG. ACC, SEC teams will beat each other. Baylor will lose because they don't have a defense. Bold prediction I know.
People are forgetting Fresno State and NIU here. Both those teams should go undefeated. NIU just has Ball State and Toledo to get past, which they should be favored.
One of those two teams will go undefeated and I expect one of them to be in a BCS bowl.
ESPN and the sports establishment in general are beating the drum for a Bama / Oregon matchup, some have suggested those two would be in the NC even with one loss each.
The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes
My friend asked me today, "if there are two undefeated teams at the end of the regular season (including tOSU) and a 1 loss Bama team that loses by 1 pt in the SECCG, do we still go to the NGC?" I said, "Uh, yeah, a loss is a loss, and I don't care if they lost by 1 after the other team made a 70 yard FG" Outside of maybe L-ville and some other undefeated team, any combo of 2 undefeateds make it in over a 1 loss $ec team.
It would have happened last year if the Ducks and K St. didn't both lose.
Oregon, Ohio State, Louisiville, and NIU.
When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.
Ya'll leaving out Missouri - they will run the table in the SEC (let me put down my pipe)....ok, OSU and Oregon will remain unbeaten.
With Franklin at QB I wouldn't call you crazy. That offense is lethal enough to bury some of those SEC teams that rely on defense (like Florida). A&M is a game I don't think they can win, but being home could make it interesting. USCe should be a good game but definitely winnable. Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ole Miss I think Mizzou should be favored (Ole Miss will be close).
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