Carpenter: Big 12 Defenses "Embarrassing"

Bobby Carpenter watches Big 12 games every weekend. "They cannot tackle," he says

Taz and the Moose
November 28, 2018 - 10:12 am

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The College Football Playoff committee made a statement loudly and clearly on Tuesday: it values No. 5 Oklahoma (11-1) over No. 6 Ohio State (11-1). The Sooners also play a higher-ranked team than Ohio State this weekend: No. 14 Texas (9-3) as opposed to No. 21 Northwestern (8-4). 

Thus, if Oklahoma beats Texas, the Sooners will likely make the playoff.

“If they win that game, their argument is they beat every team on their schedule, which is true,” former NFL and Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter said on Taz & The Moose. “The problem with the Big 12 is they don’t really play any defense. I don’t say that flippantly. I’ve watched at least one Big 12 game every week from the top-tier teams. They cannot tackle. It’s embarrassing sometimes.”

Indeed, Oklahoma has allowed 47.3 points per game over its last four games – and needed 59 to survive No. 16 West Virginia last Friday.

“Not that Ohio State’s defense has been great all year, but they finally put together a full game against Michigan,” Carpenter said. “For them to make a jump, they’re going to have to look impressive (against Northwestern).”

Worth nothing: Michigan (10-2) is No. 7 – and the top-ranked two-loss team in the country – while Penn State (9-3) is No. 12.

“Ohio State, what are their best two wins? They have two top-12 wins,” Carpenter said. “I think that was pretty critical, the fact that the committee didn’t drop Michigan outside of the top 10. It just gives them a little bit of a backstop for reasoning. I think they pick the four teams and they build out their reasons later. So I think that gives them a little bit of a reason.”

Whatever happens this weekend, Carpenter believes Urban Meyer will be back at Ohio State in 2019.

“I think he followed the protocols he was supposed to, so I think he felt probably a little abandoned,” Carpenter said, referring to Meyer’s three-game suspension to begin the year. “There’s been a lot of stress on him this season. They haven’t been playing as well as they would have liked. I think Saturday went a long way toward righting a lot of that. It feels good to win. It feels good to beat your rival. It feels good to beat Jim Harbaugh when he dresses up like Bo Schembechler in a glorified Halloween costume every Saturday. I think those things felt good for him. At this point, I would be very, very surprised if he’s not back next year.”