State quarterback Jameis Winston, left, congratulates
Nick O'Leary on a touchdown during the first half of
an NCAA college football game against Boston College
in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.
finally took control of its game against Indiana in the
fourth quarter. That was still better than Florida State.
the only time the Seminoles were in control against Boston
College was when the game was over.
week in which game control became a thing — too much of a
thing, really — a couple of College Football Playoff
contenders gave the selection committee something to think
about by taking a while to put away big underdogs.
Buckeyes played a sloppy first half, turned the ball over
three times and couldn't contain Indiana star Tevin Coleman
— though very few have this season.
sixth in the latest playoff rankings, finally pulled away
with a late barrage and beat the Hoosiers 42-27 in Columbus,
State running back Jalin Marshall (17) scores a
touchdown against Indiana during the fourth quarter of
an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014,
in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 42-27.
Buckeyes outgained Indiana by 132 yards, but it wasn't their
have some work to do. Sometimes in college football, things
don't go exactly as scripted," Ohio State coach Urban
Buckeyes were behind Mississippi State (No. 4) and TCU (No.
5) in the playoff rankings and ahead of Baylor. All have
lost one game, and committee chairman Jeff Long said last
week there was a narrow margin between the four.
State had no issues against Vanderbilt, 51-0. TCU was off.
Baylor beat Oklahoma State 49-28 in a game it controlled
most of the way and led 42-14 going into the fourth quarter.
Buckeyes are still dealing with that resume-wrecking loss to
Virginia Tech — which didn't look any better Saturday when
the Hokies lost 6-3 in double overtime to lowly Wake Forest.
Will a less-than-overwhelming win be a problem for Ohio
State when the committee gets together on Monday and
releases its rankings Tuesday?
committee nicked TCU last week, dropping it a spot after it
struggled to beat Kansas and talked about how the Horned
Frogs didn't control the game. Meanwhile, Alabama jumped to
No. 1 because it did control the game while beating
ESPN has an
advanced metric called game control that is not used by the
committee, but the mention of it by the network's analysts
after Long's weekly appearance caused all kinds of confusion
for fans. It even started an Internet meme, as #gamecontrol
was popping up all over Twitter on Saturday.
State is the anti-game control team. The Seminoles are still
the only undefeated Big Five conference team after beating
Boston College 20-17 on a last-second field goal.
majority of the games we've played this year have been like
this game," Jameis Winston said. "So this isn't
the latest rankings, Florida State doesn't seem to be in any
danger of falling out of the top four.
might not control many games, but they seem to control their
path to the playoff.
get into the playoff with two losses.
(9-2) beat up crosstown rival Southern California 38-20 and
are one victory from winning the Pac-12 South, which ranks
up there with the SEC West as the toughest division in the
clinch a trip to the Pac-12 title game and a rematch with
Oregon by beating Stanford next week. The Bruins started the
season with some shaky wins and then lost a close one to
Utah and a lopsided game to Oregon. Every passing week,
though, the Bruins' resume is looking better. All but one of
the Bruins' opponents could end up bowl eligible. They
played only one team from outside a big conference, and both
of their nonconference games against Big Five opponents were
away from home.
get a rematch against Oregon in the Pac-12 title game. Win
it and they'll have as good a case for being in the playoff
as any team.
weekend didn't have much juice on the schedule. That changes
Texas on Thanksgiving.
Bowl with Auburn at Alabama.
Bowl with Mississippi State at Mississippi. The Rebels come
in limping after a 30-0 loss to Arkansas. Does that hurt the
Bulldogs' chances of making the playoff without winning the
SEC championship? Hard to tell.
THE NEXT TOP FOUR
Same as the
last top four: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Mississippi
THE FINAL FOUR
to change now, though it's a tough week to stick with the
Buckeyes: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State.