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College Football Playoffs

Who Should be #1?

LSU was award the 1 seed over Ohio State. Frankly, it doesn’t really matter. The goal is to avoid Clemson in round one, but if you beat Oklahoma, you have to face Clemson or the other team anyways to win a championship so you might as well get them out of the way first.

Still, the way this gets determined really is fascinating.

LSU is #1 based on the strength of their wins – Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida
Ohio State has won three games in a row against top 20 teams – Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin. Their three OOC opponents were in conference championship games with two of them victorious (FAU, Miami Oh, Cincinnati)

At the end of the day, it is what it is and LSU will face Oklahoma and Ohio State will face Clemson.

No Debating the Top 4

The only drama on Sunday revolved around who #1 was going to be. With Utah losing and Georgia failing to keep things close with LSU, Oklahoma, by virtue of beating Baylor, became a lock to make the playoffs for the third time and 4th time in 5 years.

One big debate though, is around schedules. Oregon scheduled Auburn in their opening game and lost in the final minute. What if the Ducks played someone like Towson or anyone worse than Auburn? They would have finished 12-1 and likely been in playoffs over Oklahoma.

Imagine the BCS in 2019?

How much of a nightmare would it have been if the BCS was in place still?

The old BCS system, which took the two best teams would be the end of the world this year. LSU, Clemson, Ohio State are all 13-0. Imagine on those teams being left out?? Now, all three have a chance.

Jalen Hurts – GOAT?

Is Jalen Hurts that greatest college football QB of all time? I’m asking seriously. Hurts accomplished something on Saturday no other QB has ever accomplished – winning two conference championship games.

Here is a list of his accomplishments as a starter at Alabama and Oklahoma – won rivalry games against Auburn and LSU, won games against Texas and Oklahoma State, won Big 12 and SEC Championship Games, won a National Championship, and has made 4 consecutive playoff appearances (3 as a starter).

QB Shuffle

The transfer portal has become a huge topic in college football and will only get bigger based on this postseason. 3 of the 4 teams are using transfers as their QBs.

LSU is led by 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, who started his career at Ohio State. He left because Dwayne Haskins won the starting job in 2018.

When Haskins left early for the NFL, the Buckeyes brought in Justin Fields from Georgia. Fields left Georgia because Jake Fromm was entrenched as the starter. Fields threw 40 TD and 1 INT and Georgia did not make the playoffs.

Jalen Hurts, as noted above, transferred to Oklahoma due to the presence of Tua Tagovailoa. Sadly, Tua got hurt and Alabama finished 10-2 and missed the playoffs for the first time, while Hurts is in.

History of Opponents

LSU and Oklahoma each have one win all-time against each other. LSU won the 2004 BCS Championship Game (Sugar Bowl) 21-14. Nick Saban was the LSU coach back than. Oklahoma won the Sugar Bowl in 1950, shutting out the Tigers 35-0.

Clemson is 3-0 against Ohio State, winning three different bowl games. These two teams will face each other in the Fiesta Bowl this year. The last time the Fiesta Bowl was the semifinal game was also the last time Ohio State made the playoffs and was also the last time these teams met, with Clemson winning 31-0. In 2014, Clemson won the Orange Bowl 40-35, and the 1978 Gator Bowl 17-15.

Virginia in the Orange Bowl is Dumb

I think it’s clear by now, that college football in general is pretty corrupt and the postseason system is broken. If you need even more evidence, let’s look at this year’s Orange Bowl matchup, which features 9-4 Virginia vs Florida. Virginia, who lost 62-17 to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. There is no consequence for the blowout. They get rewarded, actually. That’s because the only other viable option is Virginia Tech, who finished 8-4 and lost to Virginia.

The relationship between the ACC and Orange Bowl goes back forever, but it’s a stupid relationship that is ruining college football. Notre Dame beat Virginia by two scores and finished 10-2. Why can’t they play in this game? Why can’t this be a reward for 11-2 Utah? Or 10-2 Minnesota? Reward the teams that DESERVE the reward. That EARNED it. Not the teams that are entitled to it because of some 50 year old contract.

NFL Playoffs Thoughts

Patriots lost to the Chiefs on Sunday to fall to 10-3. Incredibly, there 3 losses are to the three other teams currently leading divisions in the AFC (Texans, Ravens, Chiefs). It’s honestly stupid to bet against the Patriots in the playoffs. But this year, more than ever, I would be willing to.

There are three games remaining this season. Texans and the Titans will play two more times in that span. Both teams are 8-5, battling for the AFC South. Ryan Tannehill was a total afterthought when he signed with the Titans. No one made much mention of it. After a 2-4 start, Titans benched Marcus Mariota in favor for Tannehill who has led the Titans to 6 wins in the last 7 games to get into the playoff race. They are also averaging 31 ppg, which is second in the league and a major increase from the 16 ppg they averaged in the first 6 games with Mariota.

Whoever loses the division, will be in a battle with the Bills and Steelers for the wild card. Bills are 9-4 and face the 8-5 Steelers on Sunday night next week. The winner will very likely claim one of the playoff spots, leaving the Titans/Texans and the loser for the other spot. Browns, Raiders, Colts are all 6-7 and likely too far behind at this point.

49ers are the best team in the NFC. Period. They beat the Packers 37-8 and won an incredible game, that required an epic 2 minute drill, fourth down conversion, and field goal to win IN New Orleans and upset the Saints 48-46. At 5 years, the 49ers have the NFL’s 4th longest playoff drought, which will finally end.

Look at the NFC standings – three teams have 10 or more wins and the Cowboys are 6-7. If the Eagles beat the Giants on Monday night these teams will be tied at 6-7. Amazingly, the Cowboys could (and probably will) lose to the Rams next week to fall to 6-8. It won’t matter what the Eagles do at that point. If the Cowboys win in Philly in week 16, they will win the NFC East due to their sweep of the Eagles. Who isn’t exciting to see the 7-9 Cowboys host the 13-3 Seahawks?

Speaking of the Rams, they have gotten hot to play themselves back into the playoff picture. The NFC West is out of the question but at 8-5, they trail the 9-4 Vikings by one game in the wild card. Vikings still play the Chargers, Packers, Bears. Rams play the Cowboys, 49ers, Cardinals.

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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