See… here’s the thing…
Ohio State is gonna get killed for this performance and (somewhat) rightly so. They were out of position, they made too many stupid penalties (though the first unnecessary roughness was complete bullshit) and they couldn’t make a stop on third down to save their life. In short, they got beat.
Is anyone that surprised by this outcome? I wish I could say I was… but I’m not. LSU is the better team, hands down.
The thing is, back in August, never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that Ohio State would end up in New Orleans. I figured they’d lose a few games and, if things fell their way, they may get into a BCS Bowl. That was it. Play well, make some strides, don’t get injured and come back strong for next season.
Instead, we had one of the craziest years in college football history. Not only did they only lose one game all year, but everyone else kept losing too. So they backed in. They probably shouldn’t have been there, but honestly, they had as good an argument as anybody else.
And there’s the problem. If there was a playoff system in place, Ohio State would’ve already lost. They wouldn’t have gotten killed in the Championship game, they would’ve lost beforehand. It’s kinda like the Cavs versus the Spurs last year. Sure, if the East didn’t stink, they would’ve lost way before the Finals, but it did stink and they beat the teams they faced.
Ohio State did what they should’ve done: they won the Big Ten. It’s not their fault it sucked this year.
This is why we need a playoff. Games like this. The BCS was supposed to pit the two best teams against each other in the title game. Obviously, that wasn’t the case this time around.
It sucks that OSU got killed again, but if it brings us one step closer to an actual playoff system, I’ll gladly bite that bullet (but I won’t be holding my breath).