Skull Session: Gene Smith Left the Committee After Rankings Disagreement, Ohio State is Favored Against Everyone, and the Basketball Team Serves Dinner to Veterans

By Kevin Harrish on November 28, 2019 at 4:59 am
We're beating blue in today's skull session.

Today, I am thankful for all of you who choose to read my clunky, mistake-ridden online words every day. You guys are the best, even when you bomb on me in the comments.

Do the anti-Harbaugh thing today – consume some bird.

Word of the Day: Disdain.

 GENE TOOK A STAND. Turns out, Gene Smith didn't quit the College Football Playoff Committee just to be available to support Ryan Day.

He told Griffin Strom and Andy Anders of The Lantern that his resignation was due in part to the committee's decision to rank Georgia ahead of Ohio State in last year's final rankings.

“I stepped down to be here for more of Ryan Day, to support him, but I was also concerned about how the committee was applying the criteria,” Smith said. “And so I felt uncomfortable when I came back into the room after I had been recused, and Georgia was ranked ahead of us. They were a two-loss team, not a champion.”

In the final CFP rankings ahead of bowl season, Georgia was ranked No. 5, following a 35-28 loss to No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. It had already lost to LSU 36-16 earlier in the season. 

Ohio State came in at No. 6, having beaten then-No. 4 Michigan 62-39 and then-No. 21 Northwestern 45-24 in the Big Ten Championship in consecutive weeks.

“We could debate whether we should have been four, five, relative to Oklahoma, but I just felt that the application of the criteria relative to Georgia and us last year was troublesome for me.”

All that aside, it just seems dumb as hell and counterproductive for a sitting athletic director of a perennial playoff contender to be on the committee in the first place.

I I mean, how much time did he spend recused from the conversation while he was serving – 70 percent of the meeting time? I mean, try having a playoff debate about any of the last five years without talking about Ohio State. You won't get far.

 BUCKEYES > EVERYONE. If you're enough of a degenerate to bet on games that might not even happen, then this section is for you. has the Buckeyes as early favorites over every single playoff contender.

  • -2.5 vs. Clemson
  • -6 vs. Alabama
  • -8 vs. Georgia
  • -2.5 vs. LSU
  • -12 vs. Oklahoma
  • -10.5 vs. Utah

If you're wondering why getting the top seed in the College Football Playoff is so important, those lines should tell you everything you need to know.

As an aside, I'm currently praying for an Ohio State vs. Georgia semifinal. For about 12 different reasons.

 BASKETBUCKS GIVE BACK. The Ohio State hoops team kicked off Thanksgiving right yesterday, making sure some veterans got their fix.

I love Kaleb Wesson's face as he looks longingly at the wings, knowing damn well his diet won't let him eat that.

You know what's better than chicken wings, Kaleb? The Final Four.

 BUCKEYES DON'T QUIT. Chris Lewis didn't let a cerebral palsy or three years of denial get in the way of his dream – he's officially a member of The Best Damn Band in the Land.

Folks, don't ever let life tell you that you can't do something (unless you're Michigan trying to beat Ohio State).

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