Wake Up With Whitty – 9/2/2017

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. College football is officially here, as we have a full slate of games ahead of us today. Among those games is possibly one of the most anticipated season openers ever, #1 Alabama vs #3 Florida State. This very well could be a preview of one of our College Football Playoff matchups. Several other teams kicked off their seasons earlier this week, including the Ohio State Buckeyes (check out my recap here) and the Cincinnati Bearcats, who both opened the season with wins on Thursday night. If you’re looking to kill some time between now and that next big game, then check out this edition of Wake Up With Whitty and let me know what you think.
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Countdown to Kickoff: 14 Days

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14. Ohio State’s last national title came just 3 short years ago following the 2014 season. That was the first year of the new college football playoff system. The year got off to a rough start with starting quarterback Braxton Miller re-injuring his surgically repaired shoulder in training camp, ending his season before it even began. Freshman quarterback JT Barrett was thrust into the starting role, but the Buckeyes stumbled out of the gate, losing at home to a mediocre Virginia Tech team during the second week of the season. While things were looking bleak at the time, Ohio State righted the ship and Barrett went on to have one of the greatest seasons for a quarterback in OSU history. Heading into the last game of the year against Michigan the Buckeyes were flying high, having climbed back up to #6 in the AP poll. Things once again took a turn for the worst when JT Barrett went down with a broken leg late in the game, ending his season as well. The outlook was not positive for the Buckeyes as they were essentially down to their third string quarterback heading into the Big 10 Championship game against Wisconsin. That all changed with a 59-0 OSU rout, and from there the Buckeyes went on to defeat Alabama and Oregon to become the first ever champion in the new College Football Playoff era. The 2014 season had its ups and downs, but will ultimately go down as one of the best seasons in OSU history.

Countdown to Kickoff: 23 Days

23. The Buckeyes have 23 bowl victories during their history. Technically they have 22 official victories, as the 2011 Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas was vacated by the school, but since I saw the game myself on TV and witnessed the Ohio State victory, you can't convince me that it didn't happen (but stay tuned for tomorrow's Countdown to Kickoff where I talk about Ohio State's 22 official bowl victories). While that number doesn't rank anywhere at the top of the list of most bowl victories of all time, it's still an impressive stat. Their overall bowl record isn't as impressive, however, with 22/23 wins and 25 losses. Of the 23ish bowl victories, 7 came from the Rose Bowl (7-7 overall) and 2 have come in National Championship Games (2-2 overall). Getting to the big dance is great, but ultimately it doesn't mean anything if you don't come away with the victory. Luckily for the Buckeyes there are now two chances every season to add to their bowl victory total, thanks to the College Football Playoff. And this year they have an opportunity to add to their Rose Bowl and Championship Game totals, so it's win-win (hopefully).

King Saban Wants to Change NCAA Football Scheduling Because He’s Bored with Winning Everything

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ESPN –¬†Alabama coach Nick Saban has a theory for the College Football Playoff that he thinks is “so far out” that nobody will listen to him.

“We should play all teams in the Power 5 conferences,” Saban said Wednesday. “If we did that, then if we were going to have bowl games, we should do the bowl games just like we do in the NCAA basketball tournament — not by record but by some kind of power rating that gets you in a bowl game. If we did that, people would be a little less interested in maybe bowl games and more interested in expanding the playoff.”

Shut up, Nick. Well, I mean… I kinda agree with you in some aspects, but shut up. While it’s absurd that 6 wins can get you a bowl berth, I’m not a fan of the expanded playoff system and the Power 5 conferences keeping to themselves throughout the regular season.¬† Continue reading

Countdown to Kickoff: 37 Days

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37.  Ohio State has finished a season with 1 or fewer losses 37 times during their history.  Nowadays, if you want to have any hope at all of making the College Football Playoff, you have to be near perfect during the regular season.  Of the 12 teams that have made the College Football Playoff, none of them had more than 1 loss during the regular season.  The margin for error has gotten slightly larger now that 4 teams have a chance at the title (as opposed to 2 back in the BCS days), but you still really can’t afford to have more than one slip up.  That’s part of why I love College Football.  Every game means so much, which, as a fan, is a blessing and a curse.  Some of those close games have taken years off of my life, and if your team loses it can ruin your week/month/year (or maybe I just take it way too seriously).  Luckily for me, the Buckeyes are running the table this year, so I won’t have to worry about it, and I get to use this as number 38 on next year’s  Countdown to Kickoff.