NCAA Verifies It’s Playoff System
Ohio State gave a black eye to Oregon last night and in the process made the new championship series relevant. The Buckeyes ranked 4th and sporting a 3rd string quarterback, upset the No. 1 Crimson Tide in the game before the championship and then totally demolished the Ducks in the National Championship game. A year ago this type of Cinderella team would not have been possible because the BCS only allowed for the top two teams to compete for the championship. Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliot led Ohio State in their victory but the defense deserves most of the credit. The Buckeyes turned the ball over four times but the defense limited the Ducks to 2-12 on third down and 0-2 on 4th down. The Buckeyes also controlled the ball for a total of 37:29 of possession time versus the Ducks 22:31. TCU was supposed to be in the 4th spot but the selection committee moved Ohio State into that spot and their decision, which caused contention, has been verified. The Buckeyes were supposed to be emotionally worn down after there victory over the Crimson Tide but it was the Ducks who looked to be sapped. Changing the BCS into the National Championship System was a good move for the NCAA, USA Today reported. This has allowed for competition and for underdogs to upset the favored and allowed fans like Dave and Brit Morin to see their team compete. What better to boost ratings then promoting an underdog?