Big 10 haters? Ohio State is running away with our poll question and almost every person I see on TV has OSU as their fourth.
Right, Brett. That would be the best thing to happen for schools like that. I think the Big 12 would need to be forced into thinking twice about its stance on expansion and championship games by being left out of the playoff like that. I don't think those things are really on the table until the Big 12 can see tangible reasons why they must be considered for the better of the conference.
Well, Matt, if OSU would've won -- but struggled -- against Wiscy, the Barrett injury would've hurt them. That's something the executive director intimated about a week ago. The fact OSU dominated Wisconsin? I'd be surprised if the injury really factored into things anymore; Cardale Jones looked just fine.
And how the committee weighs OSU's Virginia Tech loss -- well, that's the $10,000 question. On one hand, it came during a tough non-conference slate. (Compare that to Baylor's slate: Northwestern State, SMU, Buffalo.) But the committee also said it's looking for the four best teams, not necessarily the four most deserving. And I don't think any team has improved more since Week 2 than Ohio State.
Josh, in your wildest imagination, could you have envisioned a 59-0 score in Indy last night?
I think you hit on the big question Matt. If they put in the top four teams in terms of how they are playing now, it's hard to imagine Ohio State on the outside looking in. For me, if TCU hadn't jumped to 3 last week, I would definitely think they are out. I guess we will see how it plays out.
Never, Brett. Absolutely never. Wisconsin was the Vegas favorite; heck, I even picked Wisconsin to win. Four of us six Big Ten bloggers did. Cardale Jones was a huge question mark, and Melvin Gordon was having the best season by a running back in a quarter-century. No one saw 59-0 coming ...
Brandon/Josh, can you imagine right now if it was still the BCS. More than likely it would've been Bama and FSU. The vitriol coming from Eugene and elsewhere...holy cow. Take this controversy and double it.
I can't imagine leaving an undefeated Florida State out Chad. It's about winning actual games on the field, is it not? I mean, isn't that the purpose of having a playoff in the first place?
Yeah, there's been a great debate this season and this weekend. No matter who makes it in today, this system is working. Plus, I don't know if I've spoken to anyone who thinks Florida State is a better team than Oregon ... but you're right -- Bama-FSU likely would've been the matchup.
Yes. There would be a lot more upset people and debate than with this four-team playoff, that's for sure, Brett.
Seriously doubt it, Thomas. At least it's not supposed to. It also just came out...the committee's decision has been made.
Mark, if we start playing that game, you could also point out how Indiana beat Mizzou from the SEC ... Iowa State didn't beat Ohio State, so I think that kind of logic is moot.
Mark in Manhattan makes a good point....
Yep, Andrew. Even as bad as that 51-13 loss was, it sure appears Arizona is still headed to the Fiesta Bowl.
Now Wisconsin on the other hand ... can't see the Badgers making the New Year's Six.
I don't know that you can take Iowa State's win over Iowa and decide playoff contenders based off that fact but it is an interesting fact nonetheless
Is that supposed to help or hurt the Buckeyes, Gophs?
No, no New Year's Six game for Wisconsin anymore. But Michigan State should get into the Capital One Orange Bowl. Wisconsin will probably be going go the National University Holiday.