Joel Klatt reveals why Big Ten Champ Ohio State should get into the CFB Playoff over a 1-loss Alabama
Joining Colin Cowherd and Kristine Leahy on The Herd, Joel Klatt previews Week 14 in college football and describes why Urban Meyer's Ohio State Buckeyes should get into the CFB Playoff over Nick Saban's 1-loss Alabama Crimson Tide.
COLIN COWHERD: So let's say Ohio State beats Wisconsin.
JOEL KLATT: OK.
COLIN COWHERD: And Alabama's idol. And in the end I'm going to make an argument for Alabama here.
JOEL KLATT: OK.
COLIN COWHERD: We lost one game all year at the number two team in the country, we were in it with three minutes to go.
JOEL KLATT: Yeah.
COLIN COWHERD: Ohio State lost by 30 at Iowa.
JOEL KLATT: That's true.
They got crushed by Oklahoma. I mean, that's a pretty good argument for Alabama.
JOEL KLATT: I think it's a great argument. Listen, I don't think even though the resume is great, right? I mean, don't you feel a little dirty arguing for either resume?
COLIN COWHERD: I do.
JOEL KLATT: OK. So if that's-- I just wanted to get that--
COLIN COWHERD: You're right.
JOEL KLATT: At this point, if it comes down to that, first of all, I think USC should be in that argument as well if they were to beat Stanford, because their resume isn't-- what, I mean, it's worse--
COLIN COWHERD: No.
JOEL KLATT: --than the other two?
COLIN COWHERD: No, they got--they got
JOEL KLATT: It's not worse.
COLIN COWHERD: They lost a quality team, yeah.
JOEL KLATT: So they lost the quality teams, but more quality than the Iowa loss.
The problem with Alabama's resume right now is that it is so thin, it's not even as strong as 2015 Ohio State, which did not go to the playoff with 1 loss. Remember, that team at least beat a very good Michigan team late in the season. A Michigan team that was a nine win team at the time, was going to go on and win their tenth.
COLIN COWHERD: Yeah. This is not a great Alabama team, no, it's not.
JOEL KLATT: No. And their resume is not good.
COLIN COWHERD: So why are they getting in?
JOEL KLATT: Because of the brand, it's an invitational. At this point, if Alabama goes to the playoff, it's a sponsor's exemption. That's what it is. It's Fred Couples at the end of his career getting at the Shell Houston Open. You know, I mean-- and we love it as it-- listen, I'm a golf fan. Oh, I'd love to see Fred Couples in there. But that's what it is. There is no measure that you can say Alabama's resume is deserving to go to the playoff.
Look at what last year Ohio State had to do to get in as a non champ, OK? Their resume included a win against the Big 12 Champ Oklahoma, it included a win against the Big 10 West Champ Wisconsin, on the road, it included a win against Michigan, who was number three in the country and a 10 win team. All three of those substantially-- substantially better wins than anything Alabama has approached this season I mean, that resume, Top 10 Strength of Schedule last year for Ohio State, that resume was so clearly above everyone else, which is why they went in above Penn State.
And, by the way, just for consistency's sake, I argued for Penn State last year. I am-- I am of the belief-- you said belief systems, right?
COLIN COWHERD: Yeah.
JOEL KLATT: I'm of the belief that you should have to win not only your division but your conference--
COLIN COWHERD: I don't buy that.
JOEL KLATT: --to go compete for a national championship.
COLIN COWHERD: I don't like that at all.
JOEL KLATT: Why?
COLIN COWHERD: I'm not into that at all.
JOEL KLATT: OK. So you loved when Nebraska got to play Miami, and you loved when Oklahoma got beat by Kansas State and got to--
COLIN COWHERD: No, no.
JOEL KLATT: That's what you just said.
COLIN COWHERD: No.
JOEL KLATT: That's what you just said, Poet.
COLIN COWHERD: No. I'm a poet and don't know it.
JOEL KLATT: That's what you said, you said--
COLIN COWHERD: No, I'm not saying-- I'm not saying I-- I love-- I don't believe in qualifiers in life.
JOEL KLATT: Oh, you loved Alabama getting a rematch against LSU.
COLIN COWHERD: My, God, would you stop saying that?
JOEL KLATT: You loved it. Unbelievable.
COLIN COWHERD: I didn't love it.
JOEL KLATT: Get your popcorn ready, you loved it.
COLIN COWHERD: Two things in the world, ice cream and my children, wife, too, that's it. I don't love time.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Nachos.
COLIN COWHERD: Oh, I do love chicken nachos. Stop putting words in my mouth.
JOEL KLATT: You said it.
COLIN COWHERD: Poets need to speak for themselves.
JOEL KLATT: You just said it.
COLIN COWHERD: I don't love-- I don't love getting in if you don't win your conference championship.
JOEL KLATT: OK.
COLIN COWHERD: But don't put in quote-- this is the guy that says I only marry brunettes. What if you fall in love with a redhead? Don't put qualifiers up in life. Live your life. Here's the problem in college--
JOEL KLATT: No, no, this is not a qualifier, this is a prerequisite.
COLIN COWHERD: No, that's a bunch of--
JOEL KLATT: You can't go to Algebra II until you pass Algebra I.
COLIN COWHERD: OK. But what you're saying is if some day--
JOEL KLATT: This is not measure of taste, like brunettes and red-- bad, by the way, analogy, but all I'm saying is that this is a prerequisite in my book.
COLIN COWHERD: Yeah, but--but--
JOEL KLATT: So you should have to win your conference.
COLIN COWHERD: I don't-- I don't buy that because all teams don't play each other. What if the two best teams in the country by far next year, it just happens, are, gees, Clemson and Miami. And, you know--
JOEL KLATT: Guess what? They'll have a chance to play in the ACC.
COLIN COWHERD: No, you're right, you're right. OK. What if it's Auburn, Alabama?
JOEL KLATT: They'll have a chance to play in the Iron Bowl. I don't need to see Alabama rematch LSU, that was by far the most egregious national championship game that we've had in a long time because of the fact LSU got jobbed, got jobbed. They had already beaten Alabama in Tuscaloosa and had to play them again. Give me a break.
COLIN COWHERD: Yeah, I agree with that. OK. So do you believe if Ohio State wins, they top idle Alabama?
JOEL KLATT: Well, I already told you I don't think you should go if you don't win your division or conference championship, so I think the winner of the Big 10 game should be in. Period.