Where Would We Choose to Play the Semifinal Game if We Finished #1?

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

Turns out the 1 does. And I would go to the desert unless Oregon sneaks into that 4 spot.

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scooby22's picture

'Zona ... they own the desert ...

" ... poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king, and a king ain't satisfied 'til he rules everything ..." - The Boss

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BrutusB's picture

I mean, except for our two worst bowl performances of the last 15 years. 

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Buckeyeinsc's picture

I think you are significantly underestimating the number of Buckeyes in the Carolinas. We are legion. We would easily pack Atlanta.

Fighting the good fight in SEC country. "Our honor defend"

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Smitty516's picture

I do know Bama/sec fans and media types were very surprised when we split the Superdome in New Orleans for the 2015 Sugar Bowl. I personally want the game in Atlanta because I would have some inside access to tix and wouldn’t have to pay for a flight. It would make since to play in Atlanta if we play a west coast team/Oklahoma. Heck even if we play an sec/Clemson, winning in Atlanta would make it that much sweeter like beating Bama in New Orleans. But my gut tells me if we have the #1 spot and probably play a southern school , we would choose Arizona...

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buckeyearchie76's picture

We usually play well in Arizona.  But, we lost to Urban and the Gators in the National Championship game in Phoenix.  

Louis Haynes

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Smitty516's picture

And wet the bed again 10 years later there in similar fashion against Clemson...

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Hovenaut's picture

Ohio State has some history in Arizona, iirc.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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stantmann's picture

If OSU were #1, they would not play a team from the south in Atlanta, if it could be avoided. #1 will always have the geographical advantage. If that means #4 is Clemson, they they'll go with #3 team (say Oregon). If they are all from the south, they will go to the Fiesta where the game is neutral, but as everybody from AZ knows, is really Buckeye country.

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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tajikey's picture

If they pick, then Arizona.

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KBonay's picture

Arizona has been kind to the Buckeyes and it certainly helps recruiting those West Coast guys. 

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tajikey's picture

Perhaps the city of Buckeye, AZ has something to do with it?

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RocknRollover's picture

Yes it has been kind except for that ONE game (thanks Urban).  If only they could have just kept the bowl game in Tempe...

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stantmann's picture

2 games, 41-14, 31-0, I was at the last one, it sucked.
 

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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Smitty516's picture

You could still say “Thanks URBAN!” For both losses lol...

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BrutusB's picture

Why do people keep saying this? In our last five bowl losses, three of them were in the desert. We’ve actually had worse luck there than basically anywhere else. 

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stantmann's picture

Arizona, the people have been kind. Looks, it's no secret, the close TX loss, and the 2 worst games in history happened there. They also beat UND twice there, the 11-1 KState team, and of course the National Championship in 2003 (It was still the Fiesta albeit in Tempe). I lived in AZ for 8 years, went to the UND and Clemson Fiesta's That is Buckeye country, no question about it. UND 75% Buckeyes, Clemson, 90% Buckeyes, and it had little to do with traveling, we were already there. In Florida now, but would go back in a second if they played there again.

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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Smitty516's picture

And give Bijan another shot for his family to come and get to know us? I can dream right?

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Texas Tom might do that for us. 

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Smitty516's picture

That’s what I think about every time I see Texas scores (come on Kansas!). But I’m assuming he would go to usc if not Texas, so let’s hope Helton stays and Urban stays away (from both schools)...

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

I would hope that he only comes to Ohio State if it's right for him. He's just so good I want that to be the case. 

How can a kid look at the messes in Austin or LA and choose that over what Day has going in Columbus? 

To each their own. 

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Buckeyeclassof18's picture

I honestly do not know how it works but I have been blessed to attend the Fiesta bowl while OSU smacked their opponent and I would say Arizona is home to a lot of fans from the Buckeye State so that would always be my preference. I think in Arizona we would essentially have Home field advantage whereas in Atlanta, we likely would not especially if facing a Southern team.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

What they all said. I don't see any way they opt for Atlanta to play a southern team. It's bad enough the national championship game is in the Super Dome. 

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Firstly, they don't get to pick. All about seeding.

Secondly, it won't matter. Some of you guys act like if they play an SEC team in Atlanta or New Orleans, it'll be 80% LSU or Bama fans. Buckeyes are everywhere. Everywhere. Didn't seem like a big home field advantage for Bama in the Superdome in 2014.

Tom Brady lost to John Cooper. Never forget.

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KBonay's picture

FALSE

The four-team format pits the No. 1-ranked team against No. 4 and No. 2 against No. 3. The seeding determines the semifinal bowl game assigned to each matchup; the No. 1 seed chooses its bowl game to prevent it from playing in a "road" environment.

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Huh. Learn something new everyday.

Tom Brady lost to John Cooper. Never forget.

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KBonay's picture

I looked it up because I recall Bama was able to select the Sugar for our game in first year. 

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

Didn’t seem like a big home field advantage for Bama in the Superdome in 2014 2015.

FIFY 

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

2014 season finishes in 2015. Always frustrating.

Tom Brady lost to John Cooper. Never forget.

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BrutusB's picture

Even more frustrating that some years they DONT take place the following year.  We went 1-1 in 2016 Fiesta Bowls. 

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youra6's picture

Have the SEC teams come above the Mason Dixon line for once.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

I have long stated that each conference footprint should host semifinal games in the rotation. So, a stadium like Lucas Oil Field would have been the perfect site for a semifinal game.

It's not fair that the B1G is the only conference whose fans never get a semifinal game close to home. 

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

2 years from now the title game is there.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

You are correct. I am saying they should have put one of the NY6 bowls there. 

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Smitty516's picture

For the 2021 season? Dear goodness Justin Fields please comeback for your senior year lol...

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PRO8's picture

This does not happen do to the bowl tie ins that were agreed upon to have a playoff.... the sooner they Redo the playoff format the better and part of it should be getting rid of the bowl tie ins ... let the non playoff teams play in the bowls... the playoffs should have stadiums in the NE SE NW SW of the country and /or home field advantage of some sort and rotated between sites probably... ..There is enough money in CFP, if they want it done they can get it done... ...  another good reason to screw tradition in this case, it was the tradition of  bowl games that kept us from having a playoff for decades... let the non playoff teams have the bowl games so we can have a better playoff format

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

While I agree with your sentiment about spreading the wealth, per se, around the country, I also know that bowl games are privately owned ventures.  That said, people are running a bowl game to make money, and having typically good weather on the date your bowl game is scheduled is a major marketing factor for bowls.  

I know many Wisconsin fans who loved making the Outback and Citrus Bowls, because they all loved escaping winter to go see their Badgers play in sunny Florida.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

It’s pretty funny when they come to the Outback Bowl and find out it’s Buckeye Nation strong. 

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smibr37's picture

Don't touch the cup. (Bur Arizona would be my choice.)

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c92996p's picture

I'd play Clemson, LSU, Florida, Georgia, or Bama in the desert.  I'd play OU, PSU, Oregon, Baylor, Minnesota or Utah in Atlanta.

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Get into the CFP and then let Buckeye Nation travel. Anywhere will suffice.

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BrutusB's picture

I’d guess Arizona but will depend who the opponent is. We could do Atlanta if we’re playing Oklahoma or a PAC12 team, but if it’s Clemson or UGA somehow we’d probably want to go farther. 

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Buckeye_Since_1997's picture

We could win every game left by 50 and they will still put us No. 2 behind the winner of Bama/LSU. The SEC: it just means more.

But, seriously, the No. 1 seed has never won the CFP. Let's take the No. 2 spot, head to the desert, and hope it goes better than 06 and 16.

Harbaugh is Michigan, Michigan is Harbaugh. They are together the ultimate con.

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Triv's picture

Tbf, if LSU wins that game and ends up 13-0 they absolutely deserve the one seed with a resume consisting of wins over Texas, Florida, Auburn, Bama, and UGA/UF a 2nd time (whoever comes out of that division).

OSU would be a close second in resume with marquee wins being UC, Wisconsin, PSU, UM, and the B1G champ

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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Buckeyeinsc's picture

Texas isn't quality anymore than Indiana is for us.

Fighting the good fight in SEC country. "Our honor defend"

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buckeyenationlouisvillebranch's picture

Auburn is turning into a 4 loss team. Texas may have 4 losses too. Not sure those are going to be impressive to the committee.

Football is a religion in Ohio. We attend our service every fall on the banks of the Olentangy. A place we affectionately call "the shoe".

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rkylet83's picture

If I had a choice...why not Indy or US Bank (Minneapolis).  Would be a closer drive for everyone and they’re good venues and cities.  

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Indianapolis is an incredible city for hosting major sports events.  I've been to several B1G football and basketball championships there, and I always leave impressed.  Their downtown is perfectly situated to each venue, the city is easy to get in and out of, and they know hospitality.  
The Super Bowl they hosted is considered one of the best, all time. If you've never been there, I highly recommend it.

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Smitty516's picture

That would be amazing if we could get a New Years 6/CFP game in Indy one day (not that I’m for more bowl games and obviously NY6 would have to increase).

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

I don’t think it would matter, tbh.. Buckeye Nation will still show out.  The only teams that travel close to tOSU would be Bama or Oklahoma. I would probably consider Arizona against Bama, but that’s probably about it.  Hell, play on the moon for all I care.  I mean, we own that, too...

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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MileHighBUCKEYE85's picture

Basically...anything but 4 seed puts us in Arizona, where I presume we would want to be.  The one seed chooses, we would choose Arizona and Bama/Clemson/LSU would choose ATL.

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

How sweet would a semi at Ford field be? Not only possibly get a south team north but rub it in on the skunk rats as well.

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Dasniksder's picture

I had no idea #1 seed got to select which bowl they played in. From what I’ve seen, it appears Clemson might be a step behind OSU, Bama, and LSU. We’ll see what happens when Bama and LSU play, but if I had to guess today, I would say these are the four playoff teams.

I think OSU matches up really well with OU, but their loss opens the door for a second SEC team to get in and unless LSU/Bama is a complete blowout, the committee will take both of them, with the loser being  the 4 seed. If that’s the case, I would prefer OSU to be the 2 seed and play Clemson, but the committee won’t want the two sec teams playing in the semifinals so OSU will probably get the one seed. Yeah, there’s a lot of football left and a million things can happen, but that’s my guess as of today. 

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Earthoid.'s picture

Hmm, I was thinking, yeah they are going to stick us at 2 or 3 and we'll end up at highest 2 with the winner of bama/lsu staying ahead of us.  Considering how the committee has worked, it almost has to be that.  BUT, as you point out that does mean the two SEC teams playing each other in the first round, which is awesome! I'd rather Clemson first round than either Bama or LSU.  Worse case scenario (or maybe best actually) Bama round 1, LSU finals.  

A gentle reminder to BE NICE. Plays guitar and makes iced tea in the winter.

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Brooksie's picture

This would be my ultimate wet dream. The CFP committee somehow decides to have a outdoor playoff game north of the Mason Dixon line. Alabama is selected to be the visitors in that game as they would be either the 3 or 4 seed.

Then a storm of the century blizzard hits that locale. Alabama, in their white jerseys, has their manhood stripped from them because they can't see one another. They return to Tuscaloosa after experiencing real football - and absorbing a 35-0 drubbing.

Chances of this happening less than zero, but if you are gonna dream..........

GO BIG OR GO HOME....

Bucks Fan since 1970

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Eph97's picture

It must be Atlanta...so I can easily drive there.

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airbuckeye's picture

The Bowl game locations have always been bull shit and unfair. they are always either in the South or out West. I know I well here about no one wanting to come North because of the Weather. Why can the not use the North as there is Indy which is a DOME Minn I still think there is a Dome there as well. It just seems to be Unfair to Northern Teams to have to always travel South or West. The CFP could go with a Playoff game in one of the Domes with no Problem. I know if they did that Bama and Clem. and a few other would BITCH about it not being fair to have to travel up North. I have always though this was unfair to the teams up North every since I was a teen and I just turned 66 on Friday so you can see how long I have been against this. Problem is NONE and I mean of the SEC Teams want to travel North of the Mason Dixon line. Their home and home games with other team outside of the SEC is always their place then a Neutral site somewhere in the SOUTH.

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Brooksie's picture

As you mentioned Air Buckeye -

Lucas Oil Field - perfect for every day of the week that ends in a Y.

US Bank Stadium (MN) - See above

And I would add:

Ford Field - MI - 65K capacity?

and in a pinch

Carrier Dome - NY (but I think capacity is only about 50K, so that may be out)
 

Bucks Fan since 1970

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tbdbitlbuck's picture

Lucas Oil is the site of the 2022 CFP National Title Game. 

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Sunny Buck's picture

I don't care where we play or who we play. We'll just beat em. The Predator can play anywhere in the galaxy remember?

I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. I'm trying to win football games-- Woody Hayes

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GeorgiaBuckeye2114's picture

I live in Atlanta and I told my family that I am unable to travel with them for Christmas Vacation this year. I would never forgive myself if I was out of the state while they played in my hometown

"We talkin' about practice?!" -Allen Iverson 2002

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wkfan's picture

If we play Alabama, LSU or Clemson.....Play 'em in Columbus, Ohio!

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

flying to ATL from Columbus is pretty cheap... just saying. 

Connor Brown

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buckeyearchie76's picture

Cheap now---wait until the Bucks find out where they are going.  The airlines will raise prices immediately after the selection show.  If you are confident we are going to Atlanta and the prices are cheap now, book your flight now.  If they go somewhere else, just change your flight to that city.  Yes, you will have to pay a $50 change fee.  But, that would be much. much cheaper than what the kick in price will be.  And if worse comes to worse and you have to cancel, there would be a charge for that as well.  It is a gamble, I know.  Give you one example---a round trip from Columbus to Lincoln was going for about $300 in the summer.  As the game date was drawing closer, the same flight jumped to $750.  That was more than a spike--that was highway robbery.  

Louis Haynes

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

That was more than a spike--that was highway robbery.

damn! No kidding (insert wide eyed emoji)

Connor Brown

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Worthington Buck's picture

Very real chance Oregon / Utah is #4, which would make Atlanta an easy choice.  Getting #1 overall, putting a Pac 12 team in the heart of the south and shipping Clemson / LSU-Bama out to the desert would be fantastic.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

LOL - That would be poetic justice.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Perfection. I now want to be #1

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milhouse4588's picture

Atlanta is in a dome. And I also live here. So I think Atlanta is a better choice.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

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tbdbitlbuck's picture

We've had some luck in AZ, but not a lot of luck at the new stadium in Glendale.

Feels like we should demand a Fiesta Bowl that's played at Sun Devil lol

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Dashoe's picture

We played Bama in New Orleans, im sure they’ll be fine playing a team from the South in Atlanta 

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Right, but you can play Alabama in NO with a 50%/50% crowd split or play in AZ where it would honestly probably be 60/40 Ohio State fans vs. Bama, 70/30 vs anyone else 

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Ohio State will be playing a Southeastern team. We would want to play in the Southwest. 

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