I could see that too, but if you're thinking Penn State could or should be ranked above Washington, then you have a strong argument that *ichigan should also be ahead of Washington as well as Penn State for that matter. With that being said, I think that Penn State winning helped *ichigan more than it helped Penn State, because now they can claim that they've won a game against a conference champion, much like how Ohio State can now claim that they've won a game over a conference champion - Oklahoma.
The top five will remain the exact same tomorrow, and Penn State moves up to #6. I think that if Washington didn't blow Colorado out, they would have been left out.
I'm looking forward to boring selection show tomorrow.
The delusion in the comment section is glorious!
I have no doubt that the coaching staff is already preparing for Alabama, Clemson, or Washington, depending on where we ranked #2-4.
You know they won't admit it, but this is definitely something that's going through the committee's heads when they decide the final four.
This will definitely go down as one of the best games in this rivalry!
We will always be the top dogs!
༼ つ _ ༽つ TAKE MY ENERGY ༼ つ _ ༽つ
༼ つ _ ༽つ SCORE A TD HERE ༼ つ _ ༽つ
Gotta love that defense though!
We need to respond here, even if it's a FG...
Yea, if Penn State or Wisconsin were matched up with Alabama, it'll be a repeat of what they did to MSU last year. Unlike the last two years, there's a very strong case that a non-conference champion be given a spot in the playoff. I like our chances, especially if we destroy both MSU and TTUN like we did Nebraska and Maryland.
If we win our last two games and don't make the B1G Championship, I think there's a strong chance that the B1G gets two teams into the playoff. Is the playoff committee really going to drop the #2 team in the nation who'd have wins over four ranked teams and who's only loss was a fluke against a top 10 team?
Here's what I think the final four will be:
- Ohio State
This is why no one likes ESPN...
You'd need some crazy stuff to happen before even entertaining the idea. Right now, there are six undefeated teams outside the B1G that all need to drop a game or two (Alabama, Texas A&M, Washington, Baylor, West Virginia, and Clemson). This leaves Ohio State and TTUN as the last two undefeated teams. The Game needs to be a close one, where the Buckeyes barely edge out a win; something like a quadruple overtime would further the claim the runner-up should be in the playoff. And then, we'd need to go on and demolish Nebraska.
Now you need to eliminate three conference champions from contention. We're already assuming the B1G champion gets in, and it's very likely that Alabama will win the SEC and advance to the playoffs. So, that means the ACC, Pac12, and Big12 need to be shut out. Clemson will probably need two losses; these could come from FSU and the ACC championship, and with the way they're playing, that doesn't seem unlikely. Louisville needs to lose to Houston. This shuts out the ACC. To keep the Big12 out of the playoffs, Oklahoma needs to go all the way. Washington needs to find two losses, maybe losing to Utah twice? Once in the regular season, and another in the Pac12 championship, or one loss against Utah, and another against Colorado in the Pac12 championship. Then Utah needs to lose one game, against someone other than Washington. And, a non-power 5 team is not going to make the playoff this year, that chance went down the drain when Houston lost.
That's probably what it'd take for two teams from the B1G East to make the playoffs. It's not completely out of the cards just yet.
Penn State is coming off a BYE week, so I expect they'll have some special tricks up their sleeves. The game will start of sluggish, and in the second quarter, the Buckeye offense will kick it up and begin to put on a clinic. The game against Wisconsin provided some unique experience for our young team. They won't be nearly as intimidated by a large crowd under the lights in enemy territory, not to mention they've shown they can bounce back from a deficit in those conditions which not many teams can do.
Ohio State 45 - Penn State 17
I've no idea what happened to them, but if they continue to play the way they're playing, they'll go 4 - 8.
We'll probably be playing them again too. They're my pick to win the West division now.
That's definitely good game experience for the young guys. It'll make those future road and night games look a lot less intimidating.
This is reminiscent of the Penn State game two years ago. Let's hope it goes as well for as it did that time.
Man, if Barrett were to have jumped forward, he might have gotten the 1st.
We've definitely got some momentum going. I like our chances if we score 7 here and keep the Badgers out of the endzone on their next drive.
Blasphemy, I say!
Defense woke up. Now it's time for the offense to get goin'.
Poor Maryland, they're the only undefeated power 5 team to not be ranked at all. They've handled all their opponents really well too, aside from UCF, which seems to be doing much better this year.
WOW.....what a catch
Yeah, I'm not sure either. Looking at the weather maps, the storm has already passed. They could've started this game on-time and at most, just a 30m delay.