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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?

Harbaugh Takes Michigan Deal

After officially resigning from his head coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh has made the decision to go back to his alma mater and coach the Michigan Wolverines. Harbaugh had a very successful career playing quarterback for the Wolverines, which ended up leading to a successful career in the NFL as well. Despite having an incredible winning percentage in his first three seasons and three consecutive appearances in the NFC championship game as well as an appearance in the Super Bowl, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers had a mediocre year at best which has resulted in him being forced to resign from the team. 

Michigan, however, could not have been more excited to pursue their former player and successful NFL coach, and had reached out to Jim as far back as a month ago. The numbers posted in the media suggested that Michigan would offer Harbaugh a forty-eight million contract that would keep him in Michigan for the next six years. Following negotiations, the end number is actually right on par with what he made as the San Francisco 49ers coach; about five million dollars a year. We don’t need The Economist Times and Christian Broda to know that it seems as though Jim Harbaugh is excited to return back to his college team and has a good outlook on the future of the organization. Harbaugh might be happy that he has locked up a new contract, but the fans of Michigan are the real winners in this deal.