Bobby Carpenter Previews College Football Playoff

The former Buckeye believes this year's playoff could be the best of the six-year bunch

Tiki and Tierney
December 17, 2019 - 11:28 am
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ESPN college football analyst Bobby Carpenter dropped by CBS Sports Radio to preview the College Football Playoff and discuss who could be the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, among other topics.

Carpenter, 36, helped Ohio State win a national title in 2002 and would love to see his Buckeyes win it all again. There’s just one problem: No. 2 Ohio State (13-0) has to play No. 3 Clemson (13-0) in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28. The Tigers are the defending national champions, have won 28 straight games, and are coming off a 62-17 beatdown of Virginia in the ACC Championship.

“I did watch that. We knew that was going to transpire,” Carpenter said on Tiki & Tierney. “I’ve watched a lot of Clemson film. I watched about 80 plays of Clemson’s defense, watched about 70, 60 plays of Clemson’s offense, watched most of that Carolina game to see what Carolina did. But Clemson is a good team.”

So is No. 1 LSU (13-0), which rolled through the regular season thanks to Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow.

“LSU, Ohio State and Clemson – there are three elite teams this year,” Carpenter said. “Depending on how they play on any given day, that’s going to be who wins. You’re going to see turnovers, bad special teams errors or something like that. The margins on all three of those teams, very, very slim. They all have a lot of pros, they’re all really well-coached, there’s no glaring deficiencies – it’s going to be one of the better College Football Playoffs in the history of the sport.”

While Ohio State vs. Clemson seems like a coin flip, LSU should have a clear advantage against No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) in the Peach Bowl.

“The problem with Oklahoma is can they stop them?” Carpenter said. “I think they’ll be able to get some points, but I don’t think they can hold LSU to under 28, which is what they would probably need to do to win.”

Click below to listen to Carpenter’s interview in its entirety.