After letting the events of last night sink in, I can now fully appreciate the beauty of this new playoff system. If we were still under the BCS rules, Ohio State wouldn’t be champions. In fact, they wouldn’t even have a chance at the title. This is what I think the college game needed and we got a great taste of why it was a success.
One of the things that makes college football’s new system great is the chance for teams to prove that they are deserving of a title shot despite not being ranked at the top. I wonder if the playoff will expand in the future. But for now, we got a great glimpse of what goodness can come.
Ohio State proved to me that their defense was phenomenal and their running game controlled the entire tempo. I am was thoroughly impressed with Cardale Jones and his poise despite his lack of prior playing time. The Oregon offense never got a chance to get into a good tempo and as a result they just look baffled on the field. Even though it wasn’t that close, I was hooked watching this game and I know that a part of it was because I witnessed the two games on New Year’s Day and wanted to see its conclusion.
Good job, NCAA. You got something right. Now don’t mess it up going forward.