Urban Meyer contends that nobody around Ohio State will be talking about the College Football Playoff this week, even though the Buckeyes inserted themselves back into the national championship conversation with a blowout of MI.
"Talked a great deal about their full body of work", committee chairman Rob Mullens said.
Elsewhere, we've already debated Oklahoma vs. Ohio State if UGA loses this week, and walked through all the possible scenarios around championship weekend (we even threw in a quite-unlikely situation with UCF at No. 4 just for kicks). Based on the results of the Maryland game, however, one could argue that maybe the Buckeyes were looking ahead to the Wolverines.
"With us clinching two weeks ago, I took the Minnesota week and I watched MI games after ours", he admitted.
According to multiple WVU sources, their understanding from the Big 12 is that the runner-up of the championship game will always receive the Sugar Bowl bid in the event that the league champion reaches the playoff.
"I thought they'd fall further after getting beat down like they did", ESPN analyst David Pollack said. If they just win, it won't be enough to get by Oklahoma.More news: Ball not aware of his greatness - LeBron
Some bowl projections have suggested UCF could face UF in the Peach Bowl if both teams were to win the remainder of their games. That's not a surprise to anybody.
"Motivated to come back and make darn sure it doesn't happen again", Harbaugh said.
"To come back against your rival and play like that, that's a focused team that loves each other and cares about each other", Meyer said.
In the 115th meeting between two of college football's most storied schools, Ohio State scored more points than it ever had against MI - more points than any team has ever scored in regulation against the Wolverines.
The only hope for Ohio State to jump Oklahoma now with both teams winning is if the Buckeyes put up such a big number on the Wildcats that it can not be ignored. The team captain, who had 79 tackles, 9 tackles for loss and 5 sacks won the Nagurski-Butkus Linebacker of the Year in the Big Ten, but that wasn't all: he was named the conference's defensive player of the year, to boot. Northwestern actually dropped from No. 19 to No. 21.