November 28 – Saturday afternoon was the perfect example of why I never bet on sports. Never. Already.
Can I just repeat two partitions?
No. 1) Michigan 42, Ohio State 27.
No. 2) Alabama 24, Auburn 22 – in four overtime after the No. 3 Crimson Tide entered the 86th Iron Bowl with up to 20 favor points.
Which brings up the second reason why I don’t bet. Let’s say you bet on the team you are defending and they win the game, but you lose the bet because you were on the wrong side of the point spread. So even if your team wins, you feel like you’ve lost, which takes away the fun of the whole day.
And as much as we learned on Saturday – two losses in Ohio State would now appear to be out of the college football playoffs and likely heading for the Sugar Bowl – it now looks like what we need to know regarding who will ultimately join the Georgia, currently undefeated in the soccer final, four lucky ones won’t be known until the end of next weekend, when the conference title matches are over.
Assuming Cincinnati wins the American Athletic Conference title to take their record to 13-0, you have to believe the Bearcats have to be there, especially if Notre Dame is allowed in again, despite losing to them at home. at the start of the season. .
Plus, before anyone complains about the Cincinnati schedule other than this South Bend, Indiana win, take a look at the Notre Dame schedule. One could easily argue that the Fighting Irish’s biggest victory was a rout at home from Wisconsin. But the Badgers lost to Minnesota on Saturday, which means Iowa, not Wisconsin, will face Michigan in the Big Ten title game.
Given that, and Cincy’s road win over the Irish, how can we not make the Bearcats the first team outside of the Power Five conferences and powerful independent Notre Dame to reach the four-team playoffs as long as they win their championship game against Houston?
Let’s go back briefly to Alabama, which would easily reach the CFP if they beat Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Championship game. The problem for Bama is that everything he struggled with in a loss to Texas A&M and Saturday’s overtime victory at Auburn – namely, aggressive passing and blitzing and physical defensive play – are areas that Georgia is the best in the country to run.
In fact, for much of the late afternoon, Auburn roughed up Tide’s offensive line as it hasn’t been roughed up since Clemson crushed Bama 44-16 in the National Championship game at the end of the 2018 season.
So, are you ready to see a college football playoff consisting of Georgia, Michigan, Cincinnati and maybe the winner of the Big 12 title game, as long as that team has just one loss?
You better be, as it’s next to impossible to see the Buckeyes or Bama come in with two losses, although at least Tide’s second loss would come in his 13th game rather than his 12th, which should cement the l exclusion of the Buckeyes.
Which begs the question: Could Bama come in with two losses? Maybe, especially if the Dawgs need four overtime to defeat the Tide. But Alabama shouldn’t.
Still, you have to have four teams. What if, for example, Iowa shocks Michigan in the Big Ten title game. Much like Tennessee coming out flat for the SEC title game in 2001 after winning in Florida the previous weekend and then losing to LSU with a berth in the BCS national title game on the line, the Wolverines could understandably be a little emotionally dead against the Hawk Eyes.
Then we have the kind of mess that makes so many audiences, and more than a few coaches, yearn for an eight-team playoff, if only to avoid Notre Dame being the last team.
But it all took a step back from the action on the pitch on Saturday. In Michigan. In Alabama. To Georgia’s continued excellence in her rout of Georgia Tech. To Tennessee’s continued improvement in their victory over Vanderbilt, who posted a 7-5 regular season record and a very respectable bowl game shot.
As a CBS reporter stuck a microphone in Nick Saban’s face after this fourth overtime, Bama’s seldom-smiling coach said of his reaction to Tide’s weird return: “I can’t put it in. words.”
In Michigan, they get it. Most likely in Knoxville too, given the meager expectations over the summer.
If the college football playoffs match up with this weekend’s surprises, we could all be at a loss for words, though right now it looks like Georgia has not only all the words, but all the answers needed to win their game. first national championship since 1980.
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