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Bill O'Brien: Leaving Ohio State out of title game 'makes no sense to me'

O'Brien's Nittany Lions lost to the Buckeyes 63-14.  (USATSI)
O'Brien's Nittany Lions lost to the Buckeyes 63-14. (USATSI)

Count Penn State's Bill O'Brien among those pointing the Big Ten's laser at the BCS death star over Ohio State's potential title-game ouster.

O'Brien saw the Buckeyes smother his team 63-14 last month. He's a little confused why they might be limited to the Rose Bowl.

“How can we not allow Ohio State, if they win out, how can they not compete for a national championship? It makes no sense to me,” O'Brien said. “The perception is the Big Ten is down, and until we start winning on the field against the SEC, it's going to be the SEC on the top of the hill. But we've got great coaches in this league, great players, and this conference will be back.”

The Buckeyes have the No. 3 BCS ranking and probably won't be jumped by a one-loss SEC team, but Alabama and FSU are clear-cut championship contenders unless they drop a game.

O'Brien has experience with a 12-team playoff from his NFL days. He's about to get a four-game college playoff next season.

The way the Penn State coach sees it, how about a little middle ground on that?

Eight teams. That would help Ohio State and others.

“Even in the final four, the fifth or sixth team might have one loss or be undefeated and won't have a shot -- I don't understand that,” O'Brien said. “I would prefer a final eight. If you go more than that, it's too much. If it's a final eight, it's more along lines of crowning a true champion.”

The folks at College Football Playoff -- complete with a selection committee starting in 2014 -- have been adamant there won't be eight teams. The playoff will be under a 12-year contract.


Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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