No Hate For Ohio State, The Old BCS, And Expanding The Playoffs

Celebrating a Victory

I can’t hate Ohio State University. I’ll admit, it was pretty easy with FSU — they gave Oregon fans, and college football in general, plenty of ammunition over the course of the 2014 season, but Ohio State? – naw. The Buckeyes are a team who have faced similar adversity to the Ducks. Key injuries, early season loss, Heisman contender, and coaches you can’t help but have a ton of respect for. Maybe that’s what makes the first ever CFP National Championship game such a treat — regardless of who you root for, both teams deserve to be there, and it wasn’t because of a media poll. Troll me if you want, but I LIKE Urban Meyer.

Speaking of media polls, remember the old BCS? In that format, we would have had an Alabama/Florida State matchup. Eleven weeks of the 2014 season, there were no less than four SEC teams ranked in the Top 10, and during four of those weeks, there were five. How is any other conference supposed to compete for a #1 ranking when one conference owns almost 50% of the top 10 spots? Obviously, the media bias that gave us such thrillers as Alabama/LSU and Alabama/ND is now a thing of the past… or is it?

Anyone who thinks the early season AP and USA Today Polls didn’t influence the CFP Committee doesn’t deserve to be a college football fan. Human bias exists in all things in life, and how could the committee possibly avoid the never-ending onslaught of “SEC-SEC-SEC?” Even the most ardent, independent thinkers can’t help but allow some of the outside discussion to seep in and affect their thinking on creating the rankings for the CFP poll. We saw reflected in the Committee poll what we saw in the AP and the USA Today Polls — a nice, heavy dose of the SEC, with an undefeated reigning National Champion and a couple of other pretty good looking teams sprinkled in.

National Championship Trophy

John Sperry

National Championship Trophy

Three of the top five, and four of the top ten in the first-ever CFP Committee poll were… yup, you guessed it, SEC teams. The preseason rankings exist at this point to do one thing and one thing only — give the national sports media giant something to write about for the nine weeks leading up to the Committee’s Week 10 ranking release. If the complete and utter collapse of the SEC at the end of this season doesn’t make the media take a step back and be more subjective about preseason and early season rankings, then maybe it should just go away.

Since we are discussing the College Football Playoff, and rankings, I have to say I feel bad for TCU. I think the Committee got it right, but if I were the Horned Frogs, it would feel a lot like being left at the altar when you think you are about to marry Scarlett Johansson after successfully wooing her for nine months. Sorry guys, you look good, you have all the moves, but it’s “Urban Freakin-Meyer.” Most of us would get left at the altar for THAT guy. Not that it matters, you already lost earlier in the season to Hawkeye, so you can’t be that upset, can you? You saw this coming… c’mon, if everyone in the room was being real with themselves right now, you knew Baylor was going to be ahead of you in the final rankings.

So what’s the solution? Some out there are calling for an eight team playoff. Wouldn’t that defeat the purpose, and the argument, of a strong out of conference schedule? Why would Baylor, or the SEC, change their scheduling habits if you knew all you had to do was win your conference and you are in? I’ll admit it — I like the four team playoff. It makes scheduling matter. It makes conference play matter. It helps bring the drama we all love in college football. I love the fact Oregon and Michigan State are playing a home and away. I love the fact the Pac-12 has never shied away from playing teams from other conferences. It’s why the Pac-12 is the Conference of Champions, and it’s only just now the rest of the country is getting a chance to witness it themselves.

Rose Bowl Trophy

John Sperry

Rose Bowl Trophy

It’s fitting that the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game is being played between two traditional conference foes in Oregon and Ohio State. It’s a feeling of unadulterated PRIDE in not just our Oregon Ducks, but in the game itself — the matchup, the coaches, the players, the respect for the game. I don’t have any hate for Ohio State. I hope Oregon runs them off the field, but hate? — nope. Just a whole lot of respect for a game college football fans have been waiting for since before the BCS. The Granddaddy of Them All. Again.

Can we just move this game to Pasadena permanently?

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Paul Jones

Paul Jones

I (Managing Editor and Writer) am a lifelong Oregon Duck fan, currently living in Seattle, WA. While born and raised in the Pacific Northwest,; a Tour of Duty in the USMC and a successful corporate career has taken me all over the U.S. I graduated from Willamette University with a BA in Economics, minoring in Mathematics. I wrote for the Statesman Journal during the late ‘90’s/early 2000’s and have contributed to a number of online publications. I am married, the father of two awesome girls, and the Managing Editor for FishDuck.com. You can find me at: @Bigducklitlduck on most social media, or email me here.

  • Rusty

    Why no ranking this week after all the bowls? Wouldn’t it look nice if the national championship was played by # 1 Oregon and #2 Ohio st?
    I’d also like to see where a four conference winner auburn is ranked? (BS)

  • MAITAIDUCK

    I Love the Duck’s and don’t have any use for the Suckeye’s! They are no better than SC Fans when they speak to you on any site and just as Arrogant. I find this quite funny they come over to a DUCK Site and talk smack and if anyone’s going over to their site I ask why? Urban Meyers a tool and he isn’t a real nice guy. So whatever you might think of him that’s your opinion. I also find it funny a guy that goes to 2 schools that usually always have top 5 classes every year as in Ohio St and Florida yet he had to come poach a player from Oregon that he wasn’t interested in until we were recruiting him for the most part the whole time. He also had to come and see how CUTTING EDGE the Ducks were because continuous top classes isn’t enough. Oregon is INNOVATIVE thinks outside the box to get to where they are and the traditional Powers nor ESPON like that much. These are like the people that only root for the Lakers because they win most of the time. This is why when the Ducks are crowned National Champs it will SHAKE thing’s up a little. There of coarse will be the idiots like Skip Bayliss that’s probably never thrown a Football in his life making excuses for the losers and yes Oregon is the real Villian here because nobody loves the Ducks except for us. Heck even our great Commissioner Larry Scott doesn’t like us or he would of done a lot more for us last year when we got snubbed over way less deserving teams for 2 of the BCS Bowls.

    • carmi2

      With a name like “Ducks”, I wouldn’t be doing any name calling. If Ohio State wasn’t playing I’d probably root for the Duck’s in spite of your comments..

      By the way, would you like a little cheese to go with that whine?

      • N1tr0

        Better than being named after a nut. lol.

    • Ray Liptak

      Wah wah wah wawawawa that’s the sound of a sad trombone playing for the cutting edge innovative ducks

  • Buckeye_Wizard

    Love your site…I must admit I just found it about a week ago. It is really awesome. A mountain of information for fans like me. Duck fans are really lucky to have a site like this about their team.

    To MAITAIDUCK, it doesn’t really matter if anyone other than Buckeye fans have a use for the Buckeyes…it doesn’t change the fact that, like you, we love our team. As for arrogant fans…we all have them. Personally, I try to ignore them.

    Of course I would like my team to win the game on Monday but I realize that I am more than satisfied by the fact that either team winning is a better outcome than witnessing FSU or any SEC team win the national title.

    Among my circle of Buckeye friends, we have nothing but respect for the Oregon football program, their players and their coaches. There is nothing better than to watch young men compete with humility and class. Your program is tops in this department.

    Best of luck to Oregon in the game…..but Go Bucks!!