Oklahoma stays ahead of Ohio State in College Football Playoff rankings

Marcus Newton
November 28, 2018

Quality road win over Penn State.

It wasn't enough to move ahead of a team that lost by 23 points in a game it was favored to win. What's more, MI has only won two of the last 18 matchups.

This year, Ohio State grabbed the lead at 7-0 and never fell behind.

While the score was close at halftime with Ohio State leading 24-19, it required a costly gaffe on a kickoff return that gave a touchdown to the Wolverines. "It's going to be a great challenge". The Wolverines were the favorite, but despite the vast number of pundits picking them to beat the Buckeyes (myself included), they were not an overwhelming favorite. They scored on special teams and intercepted passes.

"I was pretty calm going into that situation", Haskins said as he prepared to face MI for the first time as a starter today. "I really limited what I allowed our coordinators to do this week against IL". Most of the time, though, I dive into the stats to either analyze or explain what has previously happened or predict future outcomes or tendencies.

Now for Oklahoma. Anybody who has tuned in this season understands the defense has struggled, even after Lincoln Riley fired Mike Stoops and made Ruffin McNeill defensive coordinator.

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This was Harbaugh's chance to finally best Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes - the moment he could finally prove himself as one of the top coaches in the country and get the big win. Based on the results of the Maryland game, however, one could argue that maybe the Buckeyes were looking ahead to the Wolverines.

"Certain parts of our team certainly are", he said.

"Extremely proud of our players, the way they fought through it", Meyer said.

"I'm not sure if Alabama is really concerned with either team as both defenses would have a hard time limiting Tua Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide's high-powered attack". And I think now he's battle-tested, he's been through it, He's got some experience under his belt. Last year was the first year for the Big 12 championship game, and with no automatic New Year's 6 tie-in, loser TCU went to the Alamo Bowl after falling to Oklahoma.

"That's what we're trying to do right now [is catch up]", Meyer said on Monday. They went and played 105 plays against Maryland where the 105th play was as important as the 22nd.

"The priority is about freshness, knowing what you're doing".

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