This past weekend was an exciting one for college football, but it was exciting because of the final rankings – not because of the games, most of which weren’t even close.
“I was hoping for a little bit more, to be honest with you,” CBS college football analyst Gary Danielson said on The MoJo Show. “They were all kind of not what I thought. Obviously Georgia Tech gave (Florida State) a little bit better game than everybody else, but I was hoping for a little bit more. I did not think Missouri really had a good enough team to do it, but I did think Wisconsin and Arizona would give them a little bit more.”
Missouri lost by 29 to Alabama, Arizona lost by 38 to Oregon, and Wisconsin lost by 59 to Ohio State.
While the games were snoozers, did the committee at least get it right with putting Alabama and Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl and Oregon and Florida State in the Rose Bowl?
“Let me begin by saying that I know probably pretty well over half of this committee,” Danielson began. “They’re all great people, and they care about college football – but they really got off tangent here. Fool me once, shame on you, but I wasn’t fooled this time, to be honest with you. I knew what was going to happen all along. They got so cute at the end with that unbelievable second-to-last ranking of putting TCU third. That was not fair to the TCU football players. I believe those committee members – when they stepped out of that room – they came out and for a week (and) they got ridiculed everywhere. I really believe that they said, ‘What the heck are we doing here?’
“From the beginning, I thought it was a total joke that they had four TV sets going and watching game tape,” Danielson continued. “I just never understood it. I knew it would come down to deserving. I knew it would come down to the extra game, all things being equal. I feel bad for the TCU football players. I really feel bad for those guys because they were sold a bill of goods.”
Still, it’s hard to argue that Ohio State wasn’t more deserving – and better – than TCU and Baylor. The Buckeyes won 11 straight games, won an outright Big Ten title, handled Michigan State with ease in East Lansing and obliterated Wisconsin on a national stage.
“I was shocked,” Danielson said of the Big Ten Championship. “I think once it got to be to 21 points, I think the bottom fell out of Wisconsin more than Ohio State piled on. Wisconsin started feeling sorry for themselves, they really don’t believe in their quarterback, they knew they weren’t going to come from behind and they saw what was happening. I don’t want to use the term ‘give up’ – because I don’t think that’s fair. But I think they saw the writing on the wall and it got out of hand.”
While 59-0 is 59-0, Danielson wonders if Ohio State would have made the playoff if Jim Tressel were still the coach and the Buckeyes won, say, 17-3, in a defensive, field-position struggle.
“That’s what I think is dangerous abut the eye test and scores,” Danielson said. “There’s different styles to play this game, and a win is a win is a win.”