Dodd: The Committee Did What The Polls Couldn't

The committee did what voters wouldn't: admit that Ohio State is the most complete team in the country

Taz and the Moose
November 06, 2019 - 9:55 am
J.K. Dobbins Ohio State

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The College Football Playoff committee unveiled its initial rankings Tuesday, with Ohio State (8-0), LSU (8-0), Alabama (8-0) and Penn State (8-0) comprising the top four. Clemson (9-0) and Georgia (7-1) were ranked fifth and sixth, respectively.


“I thought that the committee did what the human polls couldn’t, and that was admit that Ohio State is probably the most complete team in the country,” college football writer Dennis Dodd said on Taz & The Moose. “Putting them at No. 1, LSU clearly has the best schedule and the better wins. But if you’ve seen Ohio State play, they are infallible right now. Offense, defense, and they have the best player in the country – at least defensively – in Chase Young. With a rookie head coach, by the way.”

Ohio State has outscored the opposition 386-63 this season. Average final score over its last seven games? 48.7-6.

“People say they haven’t played anybody,” Dodd said. “They do get credit for the Cincinnati win. (No. 20) Cincinnati is now the highest-ranked Group of Five team. They’ve played them and (No. 13) Wisconsin and outscored them a combined 80-7. Their schedule strength by the end of the year, if they win out, will be 12th in the country. I use the NCAA barometer – there’s a bunch of them that you can use – but it would be 12th in the country. You can’t doubt that schedule strength.”

Penn State, meanwhile, edged Clemson on resume. If that’s the case, then shouldn’t Penn State have edged Alabama as well?

“You can make that point,” Dodd said. “Alabama hasn’t beaten a currently ranked team. If you go by that, then what the committee is saying is what I told you about Ohio State – that Alabama looks better than Penn State. They might not be easy on the eyes and Alabama is eye candy offensively, but Penn State is pretty darn good.”

While certain fan bases might be flipping out this morning, Dodd encouraged listeners to remain calm.

“None of this matters,” he said. “These top four teams are going to play each other, and by the way, those may not even be elimination games. We’ve seen what it looks like with two SEC teams in. I could see two Big Ten teams in there. If Penn State wins out and Ohio State is sitting there at 11-1, look out.”