2015 College Football Playoff National Championship: Oregon Ducks Vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
We know the components and have seen them perform.
We have all heard the commonality of analysis and questions.
1) Can Ohio State’s 3rd string quarterback execute against Oregon’s defense?
2) Can Marcus Mariotta be as effective and elusive against one of
the best defenses in the country ?
3) How does Oregon react to additional injuries and suspensions?
4) Does continuity at every position except quarterback help Ohio State
more than Oregon.
5) Which coach does a better job with his animate chess pieces?
Explanations and Answers:
1) Ohio State crushed Wisconsin. I originally discounted the win a little
because it seems The Badger players knew (before the public)
that their coach was leaving.
The best way The Buckeyes could validate that dominating
win was by beating #1 rated Alabama.
2) This may surprise some, but the school with the second
best rated recent recruiting record is not an SEC team.
It’s Ohio State, who attracted 71 four-five star recruits,
compared to Oregon’s 38.
This has given The Buckeyes great depth.
The Ducks have done a great job dealing with multiple injuries.
But they are more banged up than Ohio State.
3) Oregon has lost another key receiver Darren Carrington.
You can also throw in Ayele Forde (RB).
4) Finally and maybe most importantly, coaching:
Mark Helfrich has done a great job replacing Chip Kelly.
He was originally a little known Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks coach
for some very bad Colorado teams.
Entering tonight’s game he’s an impressive 24-3 as a head coach.
Urban Meyer has a bowl record of 8-2.
He almost always covers the point spread.
His staff is as deep and talented as any in college football.
He outcoached Nick Saban in The Sugar Bowl.
After last weekend, we’ve seen that anything can happen:
1) If the usually well coached Patriots run the ball more than a few times in the 2nd half,
they probably cover.
2) If Dez Bryant wasn’t such a competitor, The Cowboys score at the end of yesterday’s
and The Over covers.
3) And what happened in Denver surprised some of the sharpest.
Sportsbook managers expected the line to remain stagnant and it went up 3 points.
Not because smart money expected Manning to suddenly revert back to prior year form,
but because his offense was healthy, and because their capable defense would contain The Colts.
I give the edge to The Ohio State Buckeyes +6