We are having different conversations. For you, championship caliber is defined by being given a chance and winning “championship” games. For me, it is looking at the body of work before those games are played and saying “so and so deserves a chance.” I measure the standards against what historically has been championship caliber in CFB. We now live in a “everyone gets a trophy” t-ball era where people are willing to pretend teams are championship teams with 2, 3, 4 losses because, well, we have been conditioned to absorb bloated playoff brackets whose primary purpose is to sell more content to viewers. It’s amazing how few question the Giants 12-7 champs over 18-1 Patriots when they split games head to head. Kudos to NFL for getting people to slurp that crap up i guess, but at least this guy doesn’t want such stupidity on Saturdays.
As for your example, you do make a point. But that was a 1 loss OSU team. Expand to 8, and we will regularly see 2 and 3 loss teams in the mix. This is why I didn’t want 4 (which I can live with), because for many, it is just the start/slippery slope.