The Sugar Bowl against Bama without question. Slaying the mighty SEC dragon with a third string QB in his second start? Come on. Remember the national narrative going into that game? Even most Buckeye beat writers predicted a loss. That might be the biggest win for Ohio State in my lifetime, regardless of coach. It’s basically that or the BCS title game against Miami.
Getting to play Bama in a non-playoff bowl game is an absolute gift. They’re 2-3 in the 5 non-playoff/championship bowl games they’ve played under Saban. First of all, that’s impressive that they’ve only had five seasons in which they weren’t in the championship picture. But in those games they tend to come with no motivation. They will probably sit a ton of nfl eligible guys, and those who do play aren’t going to give a damn about playing in an outback bowl or whatever. They see it as below them.
Having an easier path to the championship game is advantageous though. Getting Utah or OU in the semis increases our chances of making it to New Orleans.
We actually don’t know how close 1 and 2 are. If anything, we increased the margin this past weekend. If both teams win by exactly the same amount, we will remain #1.
We aren’t dropping as long as we win fairly impressively,
Not sure why people think that. Did you not notice the committee positioned all of our opponents higher than expected? If we beat Wiscy, we will have more top ten wins, more top 15 wins, and more top 25 wins than LSU, and by a much wider margin.
The only way they jump us if we both win is if they steamroll UGA and we squeak by WISCY.
I see your point, but I'd say no. AP rankings don't matter, first of all, and second, OSU is likely going to be the number ONE seed in the CFP, so give the committee credit for recognizing the dominance.
I'm convinced that most media members, especially the sports media, are borderline mentally challenged. I'm only slightly kidding.
NUNZIO CAMPINELLI WAS ROBBED!!
Maybe, but they dropped exactly 509 on Auburn and only scored 23 points. And UGA has a better overall defense than Auburn. If UGA can hold LSU under 30 points, they could win the game.
Did you miss the throw to Wilson in the back of the end zone this weekend? Right after he came back into the game? That was an absolute dime. He throws into tight coverage on a pretty regular basis, and has gotten better each week.
Nothing downer about it. We all knew he was here for two years, and having another QB drafted in the first round would be great for the program.
Yep, that’s very possible. That last line about preference leads me to believe you’re correct.
I get what you're saying, but our margin over LSU should have only grown after beating the brakes off the #13 team in their house.
Anything can happen, of course, when there's no transparency or visibility to the actual process. But I'm pretty confident that if OSU wins handily this weekend, nothing LSU can do to jump us. If we somehow drop to 2 this week, then it's the same for LSU - as long as they beat UGA, there won't be anything we can do to jump them.
If UGA beats LSU, LSU will drop to 4. Why would they keep LSU ahead of UGA the day after UGA beats LSU? They would both have one loss, and that whole head-to-head thing would be the tiebreaker.
It would be 1. OSU, 2. Clemson, 3. UGA, and 4. LSU
He’ll get his three catches without any concerted effort to get him the ball. He’s a possession receiver, he’ll get thrown to 5-6 times per game just as part of the natural flow.
I think he has a hard on for Dabo. Being stuck with those two in a locked room would be my personal version of hell on earth.
Coaching, especially the defensive staff.
Agree with this 100%. If the committee thought OSU was the best team after our "closest" win of the season, blowing out a top 15 TTUN and Wiscy away from home should only solidify their position. The only way I see it is if LSU beats UGA by 2-3 TD's or more and we have a close game against Wiscy, neither of which I see happening.
Nobody is blowing out UGA's defense. Auburn held down LSU better than anybody this year, and UGA's defense is better than Auburn's. UGA will have trouble scoring too, but it won't be a blowout either way.
Agreed, except - It would be FOUR wins against three highly ranked teams. And could be five over four if Cincinnati gets it done against Memphis this time. They hung with them pretty well last week until they made a couple of stupid mistakes late.
In no way is it automatic that LSU jumps OSU, especially if OSU dominates Wiscy.
OSU will still be the most complete, dominant team in the country, and will have as many (or possibly more) wins over CFP ranked teams compared to LSU. Our average MOV is 4td's over RANKED teams. LSU's is 7 points.
I agree that UGA is more equipped to stop LSU's offense than any other team they've faced. Auburn has been up to this point, and I believe UGA's defense is better than Auburn's.
The problem for UGA is that both of their top two receivers are out for the first half, and Cager is out for the whole game. Cager and Pickens were Fromm's safety blankets, so I'm not sure if they have anybody else who can step up if they need to score with LSU.
Did he officially enter the portal? Since he redshirted this year, would he be immediately eligible next year?
The only way it happens is if LSU blows out UGA and we don't blow out Wiscy. We will have beaten 3 straight top 10/15 teams, two of which were away from home. The committee narrative that OSU has been the most complete, dominant team all year (aka consistency) will carry a lot of weight still.
I don't completely trust the committee, but if we are #1 tomorrow night and blow Wiscy out by 2+ TD's Saturday, I don't think we'll drop.