I am still a little light-headed from the Buckeyes performance on Saturday. Oh, so happy. But as we turn our attention to whatever a wildcat is and where we stand in the CFP, I think it is appropriate to thank that team up North.
Well if *ichigan were the stumbling, bumbling, laughable teams of the Hoke/Rich Rod era Saturday's win would mean little more than the savory-sweet taste in "The Game". And that is great, certainly. But because Jimmy Harbaugh's *ichigan was respected going into this game, by national pundits, the CFP committee, and gloriously in their own heads this was so much more.
The Game which I will refer to as "The Reckoning", tasted all the sweeter because of all three. *ichigan's sad realization that not only would they not win, but they wouldn't show is priceless. It was everywhere in Ohio Stadium and after the game. I actually re-watch the "The Reckoning". Now not so much for the plays but to listen to the stadium react, roar, and celebrate. It is the sound of joy. A joy that comes from defeating your rival, yes. But crushing their hope.
"Hope is a great thing and maybe the greatest of all things". -Andy Dufresne
Watching it die and listening to the joy of 110,000 people is still indescribable. Thank you Jimmy, Thank you *ichigan.
And of not inconsiderable note, if *ichigan limped into Columbus not ranked #4 or 10-1 then would there even be a CFP conversation? Maybe not, so thanks again *ichigan!