I liked this poll. Minn moving up to 18 means they might be able to hang in the Top 25 even if they get beat by Wisconsin (They just can't get blown out). We stayed in front of Baylor and have a stronger opponent than they do this week (TTUN 5 wins, TTU 3 wins). Take care of business, and we should stay in front. TCU has nobody left and we would have the B1G championship game. If Wisconsin beats a #18 Minnesota, they might be able to jump Kansas State and be a stronger win for OSU than Baylor gets on Dec 6th. Baylor is at home, and we are neutral so our win would be better anyway. Baylor not jumping us this week means they shouldn't jump us at all without us losing. I expect to jump TCU because a win over a top 15, possibly near top 10 Wisconsin should propel us ahead. Jeff Long also said that a championship in December WILL matter, so that's good news for us vs Miss State. Ole Miss is 19, so if Miss State wins, Ole Miss may fall out, or at least be around where Minnesota is ranked with a loss. Championship could be a huge factor in OSU jumping MSU. Michigan State is up to #10, and Miss State's best win is #15 Auburn. Auburn will drop with a loss to Bama, or Bama will be out of the way if Auburn beats them.
I was there for the whole thing. The intense victory really made up for freezing my butt off. Good preparation for the Mirror Lake Jump I guess! If we lost after all that... wow it sucks to be Akron.
Ohio State is the leader in the Big Ten right now, but we don't get a ranking boost as a conference champion until we win the B1G Champ game. The titles aren't even a part of the equation for the current rankings. That itself could be enough to boost us over MSU. Another thing that helps us is that if Alabama is #1 and #4 is Miss State or Ohio State, do they go with a rematch or not? Bama-OSU would obviously be the more attractive choice.
TCU is idle, but Baylor actually plays Kansas State December 6th. That being on the same day as the B1G championship works against us.
My biggest worry is whether we can jump Baylor and 2 SEC teams getting in. The timing of Baylor's game vs Kansas State is inconvenient for us because a win for them over K-State would be a comparable win to us over Wiscy and they would have the Big XII Champ title. As for Miss State, right now their best win is at home over AP #16 Auburn and they have no other ranked wins. They could get another top 10 win over Ole Miss, making them tough to jump. Gotta root for Bert to upset Ole Miss to make a win over them look less impressive. What could work in our favor with Miss State is if the committee would prefer to pit OSU against Alabama over having an Alabama-Miss State rematch in the playoffs. If they want all new matchups, OSU will be a more attractive pick. Miss State's loss to Bama is definitely a lot better than our loss to VT (Although I wish the timing of the losses and circumstances of the games would be considered more). We have the better resume win right now, but them still having Ole Miss could change that.
I think that if we win out, we don't need as much to happen as people think we do.
The easiest way in is for Florida State to drop a game. If they go down, the champs from the SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, and Big Ten can all get in the playoffs. FSU is only a 2 pt favorite on the road this week at Miami. GO CANES!
If FSU doesn't lose, we will need some dominoes to fall like Arizona State getting beat by Arizona and a 2 loss Pac 12 South team taking down Oregon. We just need one of these conferences to eliminate itself, and we are in.
Looking at the list of locations, Gameday went to Clemson twice last year. I was basing the possibility off of the idea that Gameday doesn't go to the same school twice in 1 year. They'll be going to the SEC.
And I know it's a longshot, but College Gameday might go to Columbus if Michigan wins at Maryland and we win our games.
The slate of games is:
- Mississippi State at Ole Miss (They've gone to both campuses)
- Florida at Florida State (They've been to FSU)
- Auburn at Alabama (They are at Alabama this week)
- Oregon at Oregon State
- Kansas at Kansas State
- Michigan State at Penn State
- Notre Dame at USC (I'd say this is the favorite, but ND isn't really in playoff contention anymore)
- Michigan at Ohio State
- South Carolina at Clemson
- Minnesota at Wisconsin
- Georgia Tech at Georgia (Possible, but neither are in contention for the playoffs)
It's a new era. For the first time, the Big Ten is having night games in November. I am downright giddy thinking about the possibility of the biggest rivalry in college football being played at night. The atmosphere at night games has always been more intense, and I don't see anything wrong with intensifying the greatest rivalry even more. That could only help the rivalry, which has wavered a bit with Michigan being down.
Wooooooooooo! Wish I found the right link before he picked us though...
I can't wait until we knock them off and they lose their "bragging rights." They truly have acted like they've been a dynasty for the past decade rather than 1-2 seasons. Don't get me wrong, they have a very good team. They haven't looked as good as they were last year though and I think OSU has been the hungrier team this season. This one could go either way, but I say the Bucks power through!
I'm going to the game! So pumped! Hope to see lots of other Buckeye fans there #ScarletOutSpartanStadium
Boo you whore!
As a Pennsylvania Buckeye, they are a full-blown rival personally for me. I HATE THEM, possibly even more than ttun. Looking forward to wiping the Happy out of that Valley this weekend.
As a Block O member, it really irks me when I see other students leaving. Going to school in Ohio, we knew there were going to be times the weather is lousy. We only have 4 years at OSU (except for Grad school) and we should be taking advantage of every minute of these football games. $250 for season tickets is NOTHING compared to what we will have to pay when we graduate. I'm always going to stay for Carmen and enjoy the time I have with affordable season tickets.
And College Gameday is going to... LSU! Why don't they just call it the SEC West Tour already?
I too am making the trip to State College. As a freshman at OSU, I don't have a car with me on campus so I'll probably have to find someone to carpool with or take Greyhound. Don't really know what I'll do after the game, if I don't have to ride since there are no hotels and next Greyhound is 5AM.
Dealing with the fans, I think I'll throw some Philadelphia gear on top of my Buckeye gear until I get to my seat in the OSU section :).
The only team rivaling my hatred for Michigan, gasp, perhaps even more, is Penn State. Can't stand them. You'd hate them too if you lived with those people!
I'm excited for wrestling too. I'm in Block O, so I think we'll be going to a bunch of those matches. People here are really confident OSU will be #1. With Penn State and Iowa both at home and Big Tens in Columbus, I can see it happening.
As for field hockey, the funny thing is OSU was 3-7 before that game. All 3 of UVA's losses were to Big Ten teams. UVA beat #1 North Carolina earlier this week.
All of Ohio State's games are on TV except the season opener, UMass-Lowell, on BTN Plus. I think having to pay for BTN Plus is ridiculous. Every other game is on the regular network, so who is going to pay $10 for a monthly pass to watch one game online?
I really love the Buckeye moms.
This was an amazing event! Signed up for all the Block O clubs haha. Finally got to go on the Shoe's field.