Aber: Oklahoma Should Make Playoff Over Ohio State

The Sooners' defense is "horrific," Ryan Aber says, but Oklahoma should make the playoff over the Buckeyes

November 29, 2018 - 9:54 am

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Oklahoma (11-1) is ranked No. 5 ahead of No. 6 Ohio State (11-1) in the College Football Playoff rankings, and Sooners reporter Ryan Aber believes the committee got it right.

“I really do when you look at, one, their overall resume,” The Oklahoman writer said on Ferrall on the Bench. “Oklahoma gets another shot at the team that beat them. Ohio State was blown out. A team didn’t beat them by three. Ohio State was blown out by a team that proved to be pretty mediocre in the end.”

Indeed, Ohio State lost 49-20 to Purdue (6-6) in West Lafayette. On the flip side, Oklahoma’s defense has allowed an average of 47.3 points over its last four games.

“Oklahoma’s defensive woes have been horrific this year,” Aber said. “Their defense has been awful. But their offense has been historically good. Ohio State’s offense is really good. Their defense isn’t great, but it’s much better than Oklahoma’s. But I think Oklahoma’s offense is what, to me, sets them apart just a little bit from Ohio State even given all the resume differences as well.”

Several NFL teams are reportedly interested in hiring Lincoln Riley, but Aber believes the 35-year-old will remain at Oklahoma.

“I think the chances are he’s back in Norman,” he said. “There’s been a lot of talk about that Cleveland Browns job, especially with his connections with Baker Mayfield and how close they’ve been, and also with the way that Big 12-style offenses have exploded in the NFL. There was some talk about possibly a Dallas Cowboys job. I think that one would be more attractive to Lincoln Riley, but Jason Garrett might have saved his job there. 

“I think at some point the NFL is going to be something that draws Lincoln Riley in,” Aber continued. “I’m not sure it’s this year. I think he wants to win a championship. If they win a national title and he still has a chance to go, maybe I could see him go. But I would bet probably 80-20 that Lincoln Riley is going to be Oklahoma’s head coach next year.”