I agree, although I imagine the pitch last year was we will get accepted into the Big12 and can compete for National Titles just like TCU nearly did.
I agree that the business is a bummer for the kids sometimes. But anyone who signed in his last recruiting class, including Ed Oliver, should realize there is a good possibility he won't be there for long.
That pretty much goes for any recruit committing to any non top 15 program. If your team wins he gets a better offer, if the team loses he gets fired. Even at top programs coaches who lose too much get fired and those who win can go to the NFL or retire.
Agree with everything except the Michigan part. Even though they may be more deserving than the B1G winner, they will be behind them in line. Same record, no conference championship, having lost 2 of their last 3 games...they are out.
Unless PSU beats Wisky by 59 we are in. We have a better record, better SOS, better wins, better loss, and better in the 'look test'.
Penn State gets left out. Washington is already ranked ahead of PSU. They just beat a better team than PSU beat and they play a similar although slightly lower ranked team in the championship game. They have 1 loss vs. PSU's 2.
I would call Ok State mathematically eliminated.
They can't move past Bama even if Bama loses
They can't move past Ohio St
They can't move past the B1G winner
They can't move past the Pac12 winner
Game over. They are playing for a New Years 6 Bowl game and Big 12 championship, which are nice prizes.
We don't get extra practices. Since we didn't make the BiG championship game there are no practices this week. That's the disadvantage of no playing in championship week.
I agree Bama, OSU, Clemson, & Mich are the best 4 teams, but I think Michigan has little chance of making the playoff. But perhaps the committee will tip their hand this week. I assume Michigan will be ranked #5 this week, but slips after championship weekend.
I agree completely. We are in a fierce battle with Clemson to see who is #2 and who is #3, which really really matters because...um the uniforms.
Clemson is only a 8.5 point favorite over Va Tech and Washington is a 7 point favorite over Colorado. There is almost a 50% chance that at least one of Clemson or Washington lose. If either loses the B1G champ gets in. Both lose and now we have some interesting chaos. Would Colorado or Oklahoma make it in?
If I were on the Nobel Prize for literature committee this would surely get my vote:
You might say, "D.J., my job is too serious to drink malt liquor in a convenience store parking lot on Lane Avenue."
Is it, Randy? Nothing is serious in this world besides beating Michigan. Buy the damn elixir.
I'ts actually a week less of practice for us. Does reduce the chance of someone getting hurt and removes 1 elimination game, but I do think it makes us less prepared for the playoff.
If any of the one loss teams lose this evening it helps our CFP chances which are already very good. I would like to get them as close to 100% as possible assuming we win next week. Although I doubt West Virginia could leap ahead of us, if they win it also removes a win against a top 10 team as OU will fall in the rankings.
Penn State also has 2 bad losses: unranked Pitt, and getting destroyed by Michigan by 39 points. A team shouldn't be able to make the playoffs if they lose a game by 39.
I disagree. Louisville is the better team. They lost a very close game on the road and have performed better than Clemson against most common opponents. Louisville would be the favorite if the two were to play on a neutral field next week.
Having said that I have no problem with Clemson jumping Louisville if Clemson wins the conference.
2. Ohio State
9. Penn State
10. West Virginia
It's not at all the same as last year. We will have fewer losses and a tougher schedule than any other team in the Big10 if we win out.
5 teams that control their own destiny:
Bama, Clemson, UM, OSU, Washington
Teams that control their own conference destiny and just need a little help to be a playoff team:
West Virginia, Auburn, Florida, Wash State, Colorado, Wisconsin - all of these teams other than WV would be 2 loss conference champs if they win out.
Louisville still has a shot as a non conference champ especially if Va Tech/North Carolina beats Clemson in the ACC conf championship game. For this reason I don't think Va Tech or North Carolina can make the playoff - even if they win out Louisville or even the Clemson team they just beat will be more highly ranked.
That's a total of at least 12 teams that have a shot with only a mild amount of chaos.
Penn State needs Michigan to lose twice. They are out.
Had we only beat PSU we might be the ones sneaking into the playoff with a close loss to UM.
Their win against Colorado is looking better & better. Colorado may just play for the Pac12 championship.
Although Brown is a solid receiver, he would normally be a #3 or #2 type option for us. Not trying to dis our only reliable WR, just in comparing him to other #1 options at OSU, he is not nearly at that level yet.
True freshman aside I disagree. I don't think we have any WRs that will be round 1-3 draft picks on our roster. We have some fast guys who are not particularly special WRs.
Virtually no chance a 12-1 Buckeye team B1G champ does not make the playoffs. The only thing making this a must win is ruining PSUs recruiting weekend.