On today’s edition of BIG NOON KICKOFF, host Charissa Thompson, analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer and reporter Bruce Feldman discuss how the College Football Playoff Committee should evaluate teams with different numbers of games played, reflect on the USC-UCLA Crosstown Showdown and more.

In this week’s Urban’s Playbook, Meyer, Leinart, Bush and Quinn discuss the importance of a college football’s team’s routine:

Troy Aikman, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart do a little trash talking ahead of today’s USC-UCLA Crosstown Showdown:

Meyer says Ohio State is one of the best four teams in the country, despite having only played five games so far:
“The job of the college football playoff committee – get the four best. There’s no doubt they’re one of the four best – the argument should stop there. NFL talent all over the place; one of the best offenses in America; defense has got to get better, but there’s no question. I think the College Football Playoff Committee, like we’ve been saying for the last three or four weeks, those two awful words, the look test. They’re going to have to look at the look test. Everything is unequal.”

Quinn says Ohio State doesn’t have one of the best four resumes, but passes the look test:
“If we’re talking resumes – no, Ohio State does not have a resume that should get them into the Playoff when you look at their body of work. Now, are they one of the top four teams in the country? Yes. When I press play or when we put on tape or look at the look test, they do look like one of the best teams in the country.

“I understand it’s difficult for the College Football Playoff Committee to look at the resumes and try to determine that, but you’re probably going to have to throw it out the window because Ohio State is one of the top four teams. Unfortunately, we’ve just got rid of the argument of trying to find equity with everything.”

Leinart agrees that Ohio State looks like a top four team:
“We always knew this year the committee would have a really difficult task because of the discrepancy of games. You have teams, conferences playing 10, 11 games, Ohio State will finish with six games. But, when I look at the resume, two top-25 wins. We know Indiana was a really good win – that was a good football team –Northwestern in top 20 right now. When we turn on the tape, what you do you see? I see a top four football team – I see an elite offense with Justin Fields. I see a defense that’s improved every single week. Are they perfect? Are they as good as they were last year? Maybe not, but in my opinion, right now, as well as the committee’s, view them as a top four team.”

Quinn says Jim Harbaugh is no longer the best fit for Michigan:
“I think on the way in, he looked like the right fit, but unfortunately, I think how things have gone, I don’t know that he is the right fit right now. He has improved from what they were before with Brady Hoke and Rich Rodriguez. He’s averaging nine wins per year; they’re getting more talent; they’re getting more draft picks, but they’re not getting the wins against Ohio State; they’re not getting the wins against top-25 teams, bowl wins, things of that nature and really reaching expectations. The bottom line is the expectations for Michigan are way blown out of proportion anyway. This is a team that hasn’t been able to compete for national championships like Ohio State.

“The singular issue that I see, and why I say he is not the right fit anymore, is we always looked at him as a guy who could develop quarterbacks. You go back to his NFL time and you go back to his time at Stanford with Andrew Luck for example – the guy could develop quarterbacks. This team has not had elite quarterback play since he has been there. This university has not had a quarterback drafted that went to Michigan and was drafted in the NFL since Chad Henne in 2007 … He has not developed that spot, and he’s not been able to recruit to that spot.”

Meyer says that Michigan needs to evaluate its recruiting and player development:
“I refuse to accept that anyone says that they can’t compete with Ohio State. Don’t ever lower your standards. If you are a leader and you’re a graduate of the Wolverines, do not lower your standards. Is Jim Harbaugh a good coach? He’s a heck of a coach. He won 70 percent of his games in the NFL. I made a comment, you blow it up. I didn’t say change coaches – blow it up. Evaluate your recruiting strategies; evaluate your player development and get that right. Do not lower your standards. I’m telling you, don’t do that.”

Leinart says the USC-UCLA rivalry is especially important for the players who grew up in southern California:
“It’s the battle of the city of LA. A lot of these kids at UCLA, we either played with in high school, played against, we went to camps, we grew up, played Pop Warner, so when you see them on the other sideline, it was always pride and bragging rights. The most important thing during our time there was UCLA was always that last team on the schedule. We were always trying to play for a National Championship. They weren’t. They were always the last hurdle for us, so it was always more intense. I loved beating UCLA.”

Bush says bragging rights and pride are on the line in the USC-UCLA rivalry:
“It’s battle for LA. It’s bragging rights. This is for the fan base. This game means everything, and it’s always at the end of the season. It’s always that game where you’re like, man, we cannot slip up against this team.”

Meyer says that changes in college football have contributed to top programs staying at the top:
“This is a real dilemma in college football. You have early signing, which started in 2017, you have the transfer portal, and you have opting out. Ten years ago, no one heard of those types of things, and those have really impacted programs.”

Bush says that the best players want to go to the best programs where they’ll win and be developed:
“It does come down to the next level, because college football is just a stop. It’s not the final destination. Kids want to go to teams where they know they’re going to win; they want to go where they know they’re going to be developed, and that’s the same thing that I decided when I went to USC. I knew going to a program like USC, I was going to be developed and I was going to have an opportunity to go to the next level. At the end of the day, college is about getting to a better life – finding your way to a better life. It’s not the final destination.”

Quinn, Bush, Leinart and Meyer debate which team should be the fourth in the College Football Playoff if Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State win out: