GungHo wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:50 pm
ImLawBoy wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:14 pm
Scuzz wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:06 pm
ImLawBoy wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:24 pm
Seems to me this year didn't do much to support the "expand the playoffs" argument, at least if your goal is to truly find the best team. I don't think there's much reasonable argument that Clemson and Alabama were the two best teams this year (in that order).
You don't think after watching Clemson dismantle Alabama that maybe Ohio State or even Notre Dame might have given them a battle? Well, Notre Dame looks better considering what Clemson did to Alabama.
Not even a little bit.
Disagree about tOSU. Yeah they shit the bed against Purdue but that was a pretty darn good team outside of that. They struggled a game or 2 otherwise but found a way to win and when they played the 'big games' they were excellent.
They didn't just shit the bed against Purdue - they got taken to the woodshed. And it's not one of those games where fluky turnovers gave them the win against a team with better statistics. There was just one OSU turnover, and Purdue put up over 500 yards on them. (And this is a Purdue team that won its last game to get bowl eligible, and then set the record for most points given up in a half in an FBS bowl.)
Looking at other "big" games, they managed to beat Penn State, but didn't look great doing it (gave up nearly 500 yards of offense). They beat MSU in a game that set the sport of football back 40 years - neither team looked remotely good. Then they got lucky to get past Maryland
when Maryland's QB short armed an open receiver on a 2 point conversion to win the game (again, giving up over 500 yards of offense). As you know, you can't take a team seriously if they struggle with Maryland.
I'm pretty sure Maryland was their last regular season game - I certainly don't recall any others.
Anyway, my point isn't that OSU wasn't a good team. They were flawed, but they were good. They did not belong in the playoff, though, and would have been run out of the stadium against either Clemson or Alabama.