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Ohio State best suited to spoil SEC’s national championship party

It lost to the best crew it confronted. Its final three league wins have come over groups with a mixed one convention victory. Its protection was shredded for 66 factors by the 2 best offenses it has seen.

And, but, Ohio State has appeared each bit the best way Ohio State is meant to look over the previous month, scoring 231 factors and holding its final 4 opponents to 44. Freshman C.J. Stroud has emerged as a Heisman Trophy contender, the newest quarterback that coach Ryan Day has molded into an elite playmaker. The beforehand suspect protection has discovered its swagger, producing seven turnovers within the final 4 video games. The ability positions are loaded with future professionals akin to Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, Jaxon Smith Njigba and TreVeyon Henderson.

It offers me purpose to consider the national champion isn’t a lock to come out of the SEC. Georgia is the clear-cut favourite and Alabama is the crew many have pointed to as giving the Bulldogs probably the most hassle.

Ohio State, although, has performed higher over the past month than the Crimson Tide. It definitely has been extra constant than Nick Saban’s crew, which lost to Texas A&M and struggled at dwelling in opposition to mediocre Tennessee on Saturday.

We’ll be taught extra in regards to the Buckeyes within the coming weeks, with video games nonetheless remaining in opposition to the 2 undefeated Michigan groups, the Wolverines and Spartans, and a possible Big Ten title sport with one-loss Iowa.

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Since dropping to Oregon on Sept. 11, Ohio State has reeled off 5 straight wins over Tulsa, Akron, Rutgers, Maryland and Indiana. It has put up no less than 41 factors in all of these video games. Now the caveat: Of these 5, solely Maryland, at 4-3, has a profitable report. Its best win was the 45-31 season opener at Minnesota, which is tied with Iowa for the Big Ten West lead.

Day’s crew nonetheless has loads of proving to do. The résumé wants work. Plenty of questions stay. But the items are clearly there to make one other national championship sport run. Supposed prime groups have struggled in opposition to the type of weak opponents Ohio State has destroyed in latest weeks.

The Buckeyes are school soccer’s X issue — the crew standing in the best way of an all-SEC party within the College Football Playoff.

Over it

College soccer’s new extra time guidelines, supposed to stop extra-long video games, is so poorly designed MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is in favor of it.

It gave us 9 extra time classes within the catastrophe that was Illinois’ 20-18 upset of Penn State. Of course, it wasn’t a real 9 overtimes. The guidelines have modified that. After the primary two extra time intervals, as an alternative of every crew beginning on the different’s 25-yard-line, we go proper into two-point conversions.

Penn State and Illinois mixed to miss on their first 10 two-point tries earlier than each changing within the eighth extra time. Illinois mercifully ended it on Brandon Peters’ scoring strike to Casey Washington within the following stanza.

It made a mockery of the game and gave further consideration to a sport that basically didn’t deserve it. I’m praying school basketball doesn’t get any concepts from this.

Eyes on the prize

The College Football Playoff might come down to Oklahoma or Cincinnati, one crew leaving the Big 12 and one other becoming a member of it. You’re going to hear a lot about Cincinnati’s energy of schedule, the extent of opponent it faces within the AAC. On social media, there was loads of criticism of the Bearcats’ underwhelming victory over one-win Navy this weekend.

But let’s not overlook how badly Oklahoma struggled with Big 12 punching bag Kansas. How underwhelming it has been all year in opposition to inferior opponents, beating the likes of Tulane, West Virginia, Nebraska and Kansas State by a single rating. Cincinnati, in the meantime, has received six of its seven video games by no less than 11 factors, together with a street victory over Notre Dame. The AAC program wins the attention take a look at and game-control comparability, which you hear a lot about from the playoff committee each year. Hopefully, they do not forget that if it comes down to these two colleges.

Top 10

1. Georgia (7-0) (Last week: 1)

Florida is the final roadblock between Georgia and an ideal common season. The Gators might have three losses, however they’re succesful, significantly if Dan Mullen lastly offers the ball to implausible freshman quarterback Anthony Richardson.

2. Alabama (7-1) (3)

The Crimson Tide protection has alternated between stifling and porous. It dominated Ole Miss and Mississippi State, and was lit up by Texas A&M and Tennessee.

3. Ohio State (6-1) (5)

Ohio State’s final 4 wins, over Akron, Rutgers, Maryland and Indiana, have come by an mixture of 231-44. It’s not elite competitors, however it’s definitely elite outcomes.

4. Cincinnati (7-0) (2)

Yes, it was only one poor efficiency, an unsightly displaying in a slender victory over one-win Navy. however Cincinnati actually can’t afford any extra of those.

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5. Oklahoma (8-0) (4)

The Sooners held a five-point lead over Kansas with 3:20 remaining, and the ball was on the Oklahoma 46-yard line. Instead of punting on fourth-and-1, Lincoln Riley went for it, which says all you want to find out about what he thinks of his protection.

6. Michigan (7-0) (7)

Now we lastly begin to see what this Michigan crew is product of, starting Saturday in East Lansing in opposition to Michigan State. The Wolverines have crushed the groups on their schedule, however don’t have a single win that basically stands out.

7. Michigan State (7-0) (8)

The final time Michigan State and Michigan had been each ranked within the prime 10 getting into their annual showdown was 1964. The environment at Spartan Stadium might be electrical.

8. Ole Miss (6-1) (NR)

Lane Kiffin’s crew has responded to the ugly loss at Alabama by beating Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU, retaining itself alive within the SEC West race.

9. Kentucky (6-1) (9)

Prior to Mark Stoops’ arrival, Kentucky had received double-digit video games simply twice in program historical past. It is on tempo to do this for a second time in 5 seasons this year. He’s a reputation you don’t hear sufficient in the course of the teaching carousel.

10. Oregon (6-1) (NR)

The Ducks’ playoff dream isn’t useless, but it surely has come shut to being extinguished in nail-biting victories over Cal and UCLA the final two weeks.

Dropped out: Penn State (5-2) and Oklahoma State (6-1)

Heisman Watch

(in alphabetical order)

QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss

Playing by means of accidents, the junior produced two touchdowns in a win over LSU, extending his streak of no less than two scores to 17 consecutive video games.

QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh

Two video games up on Virginia, Pitt is in position to win the ACC Coastal division with Pickett main the best way. He’s thrown 23 landing passes and only one interception, rising as one of many premier quarterbacks within the nation.

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QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State

It’s getting more durable to think about Stroud not getting a New York City invite as he stacks one eye-popping efficiency upon one other, now with 14 touchdowns over his final three video games with out an interception and a 73.8 completion share.

RB Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

This week Walker could make a press release by lighting up Michigan’s second-ranked scoring protection which has allowed only one 100-yard rusher in seven video games.

QB Bryce Young, Alabama

The Heisman stays Young’s to lose, as he continues to pile up large numbers. He had his best day but on Saturday, producing 4 touchdowns and 413 complete yards.

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