NCAA got it right keeping Buckeyes out of Final Four
Stop it. Stop it right now. Stop making excuses for the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes.
Stop pretending that they were robbed of a spot in the NCAA’s College Football Playoff. It’s ridiculous. The CFP committee got it right … At No. 1: the Clemson Tigers … At No. 2: the Oklahoma Sooners … At No. 3: the Georgia Bulldogs … And at No. 4: the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Sorry, Buckeyes — and all the silly fans and pundits trying to back your frustration — but a two-loss record just doesn’t cut it over the true final-four teams boasting just one loss to their names.
You can’t lose two games and expect to make the Final 4.
And you can’t lose two games and expect to leap-frog over one-loss Alabama.
That’s even more true when one of your two losses was a whopper, 55-24 coming at the hands of a pedestrian Iowa Hawkeyes team.
Yes, you won the Big Ten Football Championship Game, but it was only a one-possession win and not a dominant one over a Wisconsin Badgers team considered by many to be over-rated despite its No. 6 final ranking.
Good on ya, committee members!
The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday (8 p.m. ET), with the right choice being Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield. He’s a finalist alongside Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman holder, and Stanford running back Bryce Love. Jackson is in the running to become the only other back-to-back winner since Ohio State RB Archie Griffin in 1974 and ’75 … With 51-of-56 firstplace votes, Mayfield won the AP Player of the Year honour Thursday … Stats-wise, Mayfield weighs in with 4,340 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, five interceptions, 310 rushing yards and five rushing TDs. Love rushed for 1,973 yards and 17 TDs in what was a banged-up year for the back. And ‘Lamarvelous’ Jackson nearly matched his numbers from last season with 3,489 passing yards, 1,443 rushing yards and 42 total majors … Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews is the nation’s top tight end, winning the Mackey Award.
Not much separates Army (8-3) and Navy (6-5) for Saturday’s much-ballyhooed 118th meeting of the Armed Forces rivals. Both teams boast option-heavy offences that put up a shade over 30 points per game. Navy puts up a few more yards than Army, while Army has allowed almost 10 fewer points for outing, the only real difference between the two programs this season … At 60-50-7, Navy leads the series that dates back to 1890 and tries to start another winning streak that ended at 14 — the longest in the rivalry — with last year’s Army victory 21-17 in Baltimore … The bowl schedule begins next Saturday, Dec. 16, with a halfdozen games … This year’s best bowl name? The Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. Sounds tasty!
The turbulent Tennessee talent search is finally over, as Rocky Top signed a new head coach by agreeing to terms with Jeremy Pruitt, Alabama’s defensive co-ordinator the last two seasons. The longawaited decision follows the hiring of Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee’s national championship-winning coach of 1998, as athletic director late last week to replace John Currie during what has been an ongoing saga since coach Butch Jones was fired in November. Sources say the school is now trying to get out of its buyout of Currie, and reports have surfaced Fulmer was behind a bid to sabotage Currie to get the AD position in Knoxville, Tenn. Rocky times, indeed … Oregon is without a head coach again after Willie Taggart left following a pedestrian 7-5 season to take on the same gig — a dream one, he says — with Florida State. Taggart gets a sixyear, US$30-million pact and replaces Jimbo Fisher, who took his game to Texas A&M … Chad Morris is the new head coach of Arkansas, somehow scoring a sixyear, $21-million deal after a lessthan-sparkling 14-22 record with SMU the last three seasons. Arkansas passed on Clemson defensive co-ordinator Brent Venables. Why? … Other coaching moves include: Herm Edwards (former NFL boss who’s been out of the NCAA since 1989) to Arizona State; Dana Dimel (Kansas State offensive co-ordinator) to UTEP, Josh Heupel (Missouri offensive co-ordinator) to UCF; and Mike Bloomgren (Stanford offensive co-ordinator) to Rice.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the odds-on favourite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday after being named The Associated Press’s player of the year on Thursday.