"That's what we went with".
Few games can approach the magnitude of Ohio State vs. Michigan, but the Fiesta Bowl at 7 p.m. December 31 in Glendale, Ariz., should match that intensity. Not that Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines would not relish a chance to try to dethrone college football's undisputed king.
Harbaugh did a different teleconference later Sunday, so there's that. "So it's going to be good".
Whether it can get there is a question worth exploring more at a later date, because the Pacific Northwest does not produce many elite players.
The Buckeyes (11-1) are the first team to reach the playoff in its three-year history without winning their conference.
That equation excludes Western Michigan, which is 13-0 and led by the most interesting young coach in America, P.J. Fleck, whose personality would have played well on an even bigger stage. In this case, water cooler talk based exclusively on the final College Football Playoff Rankings, the first Monday in December. But this is a new year and a new game and the stakes are much higher this time around.
Who: No. 2 Clemson vs.
Ohio State's strength of schedule, which included a loss to Oklahoma and was capped by last week's double-overtime victory over then-No.
The other semifinal matches No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Washington; they play in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve. The debate has existed all along.
Petersen's Boise teams were known for upsets.
Washington played Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State in the non-conference season, swept those games by at least five touchdowns each, lost one Pacific-10 game, and is in the playoff.
As much fun as it would be to see a rematch of last year's CFP national title game (and it certainly could happen), we predict it's going to be Alabama and Ohio State duking it out for college football supremacy. 19 San Diego State.
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Strength of schedule, head-to-head competition and championships won must be specifically applied as tie-breakers between two teams that look similar.
Losing once against lesser opposition was valued more than losing twice against better opposition.
Alabama and Clemson are the two most talented teams in the country when it comes to overall roster and Ohio State is right up there, but Washington isn't one of the "best" four. Alabama also cherry picks unique national prospects and does a great job with junior college players, particularly from the MS circuit along the defensive line.
So who deserves that fourth spot?
Here's a look at the College Football Playoff, a four-team seeded postseason format which began for the 2014 season and replaced the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).
Negatives: The fact Ohio State did not win a conference championship is really the only true knock.
The selection protocol does not require the committee to pick conference champions or the victor of head-to-head matchups. It will be the last game for Jim Grobe, Baylor's acting head coach who took over on short notice after Art Briles was sacked in the summer.
The Tigers running back made the announcement on social media Tuesday saying he wanted to avoid the distraction as the team prepares to take on Louisville in Orlando, Fla. If soft scheduling continues to be rewarded, there won't be one any time soon.
"Oklahoma, you watch them play the other day, they're as fine a team as there is in college football", Meyer said.
Each team's offense averages 40-plus points. And people hated Switzer and Oklahoma for it.
Regardless, that non-conference "playoff" game for the Buckeyes may continue.
It doesn't make the CFP good or right, though. If we're lucky, the matchups themselves will be as exciting as they appear to be on paper. Winning by half-a-hundred would, though. But the Cornhuskers were a top-10 team in late October and their best victory of the season was against Minnesota.