I’m rooting for the Buckeyes to get the one seed in the CFP. The best way for that to happen is through number of quality victories on the resume. The best Buckeye resume at the end of the season would be wins over two-loss Wisconsin and one-loss Minnesota. Therefore, I’m rooting for Minnesota to beat Iowa and Wisconsin to beat Minnesota. The other options of having Minny lose to Iowa and beat Wisconsin, or having Minny lose both games and the Buckeyes thereby facing two-loss Wisconsin for the second time, both weaken the resume.
Go Navy! First because, go Navy. Second, the weaker ND appears, the weaker UGA’s “signature win” becomes, thereby weakening the overall case for two SEC teams in the CFP. Bonus reason, Michiganders immediately started puffing their chests out again after pounding ND. Hanging another loss on the domers should rob them of their only pleasure from this season.
A possible showdown between Fields and Trevor Lawrence in the playoff would likely determine the early leader for next year's Heisman.
To me the question is where will teams finish? LSU has already played all their big games and only has the SEC championship left to impress. If OSU finishes with wins against PSU, UM, and B1G west champ is that enough to take the top seed back?
I’d agree that OSU seems to be operating at an order of magnitude above the rest of the B1G, and the same is true for Clemson in the ACC, while LSU has been pushed more in the SEC. I don’t think that means the Buckeyes and Clemson don’t stack up against LSU. In fact I think it’s clear at this point that these three teams have separated from the rest of the pack. However, the path through the CFP will be substantially more difficult than the one through the B1G.
Honestly, the more disrespect, the better. Hope the Buckeyes go into the playoff as a 4-seed. If anybody out there is dumb enough to give these Buckeyes a chip to put on their shoulder, I say take it.
Going into this weekend I thought the best four teams were OSU, LSU, Clemson, Alabama, and nothing that happened this weekend has made me change my mind. On a neutral field, would any of you really take UGA, Oregon, Utah. Oklahoma, or any of the other likely top 10 teams, over Alabama?
I think these three three teams have separated themselves from the pack. Regarding 4-10, I’d say on any given Saturday anyone of the teams you might throw in that group could win or lose against any of the others, but I don’t see any team outside that top three that’s a threat to win the championship this year.
I like you Blu, but it seems you are susceptible to the same sudden, unmerited surges in confidence that plague all Michiganders. Right now, Michigan's second best "win" is the loss they took against the team that Minnesota just beat. IU will be getting points, and I will be taking them. You probably should too.
IU will beat michigan
As much as I'd like to see OSU get some measure of revenge against Clemson, the more satisfying two-game stretch for me would have the Buckeyes pummeling SEC sweethearts Alabama and LSU in back-to-back games, the final exorcism of all those years of "Buckeyes can't beat the SEC" hype.
293 yards rushing in one half. Is that good? It sounds good.
My wife Got her BA, MA, and PhD from UF. So, she’s sort of a Gator fan. It was tough in 2006, but I got my revenge when Urban came our way. Since then, and definitely today, I’ll be pulling for the Gators.
Watching EPL. MC and Liverpool with thrilling comebacks for the 3 points. MU hilariously goes down to Bournemouth, and Pulisic and Chelsea on tap.
One-loss SEC champ is a guaranteed spot in the CFP.
I suspect you’re right, but not a guarantee, and certainly not bullshit. The only guarantees for getting in right now are 1) undefeated P5 champ and 2) undefeated or one-loss SEC champ. As far as a two-loss SEC champ goes, it’s too deep in the season for this to happen. Winner of UGA-UF will be the representative of the east, and winner of LSU-Bama is the likely winner of the west. Still, LSU made the championship game as two-loss SEC champ before the playoff expansion. No reason to believe a two-loss SEC champ would be denied now that four teams make it in.
Tough back-to-back games, no doubt. But this team has its eyes on the CFP. If they make it through PSU and our rival on the road, they will have earned their place.
And I will never chant it either. Conference pride is alien to me, but I am also aware that OSU can benefit if the conference is perceived as strong. Right now there is one guaranteed ticket to the CFP and that goes to the SEC champ, whether or not they are undefeated. Usually when this discusssion comes up, somebody will say “just win and we’re in” which is largely true, but why is it necessary? Why do one-loss champs from the B1G and other conferences have to sweat it out while the SEC champ knows they’re in?
Long story short: the current reputation of the SEC was capital E Earned over a seven-year span where four separate teams won championships. However, that streak arguably ended when Nick Saban took over at Alabama. Since then, the SEC reputation has been built on the success of Alabama. In the CFP era, Alabama has continued to excel and dominate its conference completely, but its dominance over CFB has been challenged by OSU and more recently Clemson. As Alabama's dominance has diminished, the respect automatically granted to other SEC teams should similarly diminish, but it hasn't .The question is if the SEC follows up Alabama's embarrassing loss last year with another face plant this year, will it be enough to finally shake the narrative, an article of faith among CFB pundits, that the SEC is easily the top football conference?
I think the top 2 have to be championship v Miami and Sugar Bowl v Alabama, but I’ll go with the 2016 OT game v Michigan. Wow, that was a tense game with a great finish!
- OSU is the best team in the country, and it does bother me a little that they aren't getting more "respect" in the polls. Good. I hope the team feels disrespected too. I'd rather have them angry and hungry than a little too fat on praise.
- LSU is the most overrated team in the country right now. If Tua starts against them, Alabama will win that game by at least two touchdowns.
- Alabama is the second most overrated team in the country. In the last meaningful game they played, they were last seen losing to Clemson by 4 touchdowns. This is one of the reasons I think . . .
- Clemson is the most underrated team in the country. Have they looked great so far? Not really. Is their schedule embarrassingly weak? Kind of. Still, they are heating up, and they will be one of the top 2 teams in the country come playoff time.
Maybe, just maybe, if Michigan played Wisconsin again they’d make a game of it. Maybe they might even win. But does anybody really think that the team that was demolished by Wisconsin just a month ago could have done to Wisconsin what the Buckeyes did yesterday? Michigan might be improving. Good for them. But the amount of improving they need to reach the Buckeyes? Well, not enough games in the season for that.