“According to many of the ratings, including some of the best known, Ohio State is far and away No. 1.”
L.S.U. this week took over the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. And why not? The team is 9-0 and just beat previously undefeated Alabama, 46-41.
But ask linemakers and computer rankers what the best team in college football is, and you will get an unequivocal answer: Ohio State, and it’s not especially close.
Ohio State is 9-0 and its margins of victory have been dizzying: 42 points over otherwise unbeaten Cincinnati, 49 points over Northwestern, 71 points over Miami of Ohio. O.S.U. is even drilling the good teams it has played. It felled the ranked teams Michigan State by 24 and Wisconsin by 31.
The Jeff Sagarin predictor rating says Ohio State should be favored by at least 10 full points against any other team if they played on a neutral site. The Congrove Computer Ranking makes it 9 points. ESPN’s power index has Ohio State 5 points clear.