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Ohio St or Auburn; this coming week's CFB war


FSU is, hands down, the most complete team in the nation...number one with a bullet. So what about #2? I wrote this for the lulz, so I didn't bother to do research on him many national titles were decided by the FSU-Miami rivalry for example. I totally spitballed it based on memory.

So, the next war in cfb is Ohio St or Auburn? Here's my take.

I suspect Auburn is the better team but I'm not sure it matters, or if it's right.

Personally, I think Mizzou will knock Auburn off in the SEC CG. But, should Auburn win it, there's a strong chance they'll leap a team that is likely 24-0 at season's end. So ppl are going to howl about that right? Buckeye fans will say its a travesty while Auburn fans say last year doesn't count and this year wasn't impressive enough on the resume.

Well, first we should define what all of this is really about. It's about who deserves it more rather than which is the better team. This is the unfortunate result of a system that doesn't have enough scope to let every qualified team decide it on the field. So that's the angle I'm going to speak from.

First, Ohio St: if they win out, they'll be 24-0 in the past two years. Why do I include last season? Because it's relevant. But wait, Pete, the only season relevant in CFB is THIS season. Yeah, and if you believe that mularkey I got some gorgeous waterfront property in Florida to sell you (ie swampland). Every year preseason rankings are based on the previous year's rankings. Alabama, all the way until they lost, had an unbreakable invite to the NCG despite their relatively soft SOS. This, too, was based on the efforts of the previous two seasons AT LEAST. In fact, the SEC as a whole, has feasted for years off of preseason rankings and benefit of the doubt built on the past seven seasons worth of results. So Ohio St's 24-0 record, under new legendary coach Urban Meyer, counts. And 24-0, no matter how it came, can't simply be dismissed.

Now, Auburn: if they win out, they will have beaten two top 5 teams back to back, including previous #1 Bama. They also have close wins over Georgia and aTm. Then again, they got thumped by a 3 loss LSU and barely edged a woeful Washington St team to start the year. Their wins against UGA and Bama both came by way of miracle, last second plays that most call luck. But they've steadily improved throughout the year, and those back to back wins over Bama and Mizzou (if it happens) can't be stressed enough. So how do you ignore a team with this much momentum?

If it were me, I'd vote for the undefeated Buckeyes and see what the computers say about resume. I just don't think you can tell 24-0 you're too much of an unknown to take a risk on. But I will say this; if Auburn leaps Ohio St, Buckeye fans have no one but their own team to blame. Had tOSU spanked unranked Michigan the way the 3rd ranked team in the country should have, there wouldn't even be an argument. Buckeye fans have told me I don't understand Ohio St-Michigan. Bologney, I understand rivalry just fine. FSU-Miami is the series that featured 15 some odd Top 10 matchups in 20 years, FSU-Miami is the rivalry that decided the defacto national champion in November something like 5 times. All the best Ohio St-Michigan rivalry gave us in the BCS era, when they entered the game ranked 1 and 2, was a massacre of the Buckeyes against Florida in the national title game. So I understand rivalries and, after more than 25 years of CFB viewing, I understand Ohio St-Michigan. And here's the truth on rivalries; some years there is such a gap between the two teams that, rivalry or not, there's going to be a blowout. FSU has fierce, bitter rivals in, not just one, but two in state teams in Miami and Florida...the Noles spanked both of them this season bc they're that good. #3 Ohio St needed a last second int on a game winning 2 pt conversion to close out UNRANKED MICHIGAN! So if Auburn leaps the Buckeyes, that'll be the leading reason...Ohio St didn't look the part against what was supposed to be a clearly inferior team.

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