Wrote this yesterday and sharing it both in case you missed it and because I think it’s worth pointing out that there is more to the national championship discussion than resumes and math.
The eyeball test is still important – arguably the most important of all factors as long as the human polls (or in the future a playoff selection committee) are so heavily involved.
Strength of schedule, stats and advanced metrics are fun to talk about and valuable for comparing teams, but at the end of the day I still believe nothing beats looking at two teams and figuring out which one has the better players.
That’s how early season rankings are determined, then we let wins and losses weed each other out with losses basically always taking precedent over wins, for better or for worse.
Ohio State is third in the coaches’ poll entering today’s games and likely to drop behind the winner of the Clemson-Florida State game being played tonight.
If the Buckeyes win out, they are going to Pasadena. They’re going to need help to make that for the national championship game as opposed to the Rose Bowl, but that’s only from teams in front of them now losing.
Unless pollsters make a drastic change in how they have always voted, no one-loss team behind Ohio State now is going to pass the Buckeyes.