George Schroeder USA TODAY Published 5:42 PM EST Dec 2, 2018 After all of the bloviating and occasional analysis, the actual College Football Playoff bracket wasn’t really that surprising, was it? But the debate doesn’t end, of course, for a while yet. Or maybe ever. So let’s start here: The selection committee got it right. Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame, we knew. And if the arguments over the fourth and final berth changed over the course of the day – it began as Oklahoma vs. Ohio State, morphed into how Alabama would take that slot, thank you, even if it lost, and then transformed into how Georgia should get in, anyway, because cosmetics – in the end, it wasn’t that difficult a decision. A 12-1 conference champion was the choice over a two-loss SEC runnerup. Frankly, the debate always felt a bit manufactured, but perhaps it wasn’t. It should have come as no real shock when Oklahoma was unveiled as the No. 4 seed. What was mildly … [Read more...] about College Football Playoff got it right in Oklahoma-Georgia: Wins matter
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AP Updated 9:55 AM EST Nov 25, 2018 The twist the playoff race has been waiting for came Saturday. The debate, for now, is between Ohio State and Oklahoma. History suggests it was inevitable. The top four had never stayed the same for three straight weeks until this past one, and to expect it to hold steady for two more was unrealistic. Still, how thoroughly No. 10 Ohio State dismantled No. 4 Michigan was startling, and it could cause the College Football Playoff selection committee to rethink a lot of what has happened so far with the Buckeyes. We could be heading toward a Big Ten vs. Big 12 in the board room where the committee meets. The essential questions: Which team has the worse defense, No. 6 Oklahoma or Ohio State? Does hanging 62 points on No. 4 Michigan make up for allowing 49 to Purdue? The Buckeyes have done both. How far the Buckeyes (No. 10 CFP) move up Tuesday could be telling and important. They should go past Washington State, which was sitting at eighth but lost … [Read more...] about AP Top 25 Takeaways: Ohio State twists CFP race; ND is in
Paul Myerberg USA TODAY Published 12:44 AM EST Nov 18, 2018 Technically, Ohio State remains alive in the hunt for the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes’ tenuous grasp on a place in the conversation survived Maryland’s best shot, with a 52-51 overtime win not sealed until the Terrapins’ Tyrrell Pigrome missed an open teammate in the end zone on what would’ve been the deciding two-point conversion. Wins are wins in college football, as in any sport, and the Buckeyes will take what they can get in what has been the rockiest season of the Urban Meyer era. With the victory, OSU proceeds into next Saturday’s winner-take-all matchup with rival Michigan – a game that will decide the Big Ten East Division and send the winner one step closer to a national semifinal. It’s hard to imagine Ohio State locating the sort of performance needed to defeat what is clearly the best Michigan team since Jim Harbaugh’s return to the program in 2015. … [Read more...] about College football winners-losers: Ohio State, Nebraska, Florida State
Paul Myerberg USA TODAY Published 9:01 PM EST Nov 17, 2018 NEW YORK — The chant began before the alma mater and picked up again after the final chords: “Beat ‘SC,” screamed the Notre Dame fans crowded into Yankee Stadium, already hyping up a rivalry mismatch that will determine whether the Fighting Irish will become the first team to punch its ticket to the College Football Playoff. Third in the latest Playoff rankings, the Irish seem up to the challenge. Meanwhile, Southern California will limp into the season finale off a disheartening loss to UCLA, playing for bowl eligibility and, perhaps, for embattled head coach Clay Helton. “Our guys know who they’re playing. They know what it will take,” said Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly. The 36-3 win on Saturday against No. 12 Syracuse will impress the Playoff selection committee, which already holds the No. 3 Irish in high esteem, and may put a slight crack into the established train of … [Read more...] about Notre Dame: Why would this playoff be any better than 2012 vs. Tide?
Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 12:43 AM EST Nov 11, 2018 ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bulldogs are about to have a lot of fans, certainly more than they ever knew. Though it will be strictly a marriage of convenience, the legion of new red-and-black backers is going to reach all the way north to Michigan, west to Indiana and of course 45 minutes up Interstate 85 from here across the state line to South Carolina. Because make no mistake, there is dread if not outright resignation about what lies ahead for college football over the next eight weeks. As tired as the country may be of Alabama, never has a championship team felt as inevitable as this one. Even the manufactured drama feels cheaply made. And so the rest of college football is down to one more chance to squeeze Alabama out of the College Football Playoff, and it will come on Dec. 1 when Georgia gets its shot in the SEC championship game. More: Tua Tagovailoa leaves with injured leg in Alabama's defeat of … [Read more...] about Georgia building toward SEC title game matchup vs. Alabama