Ohio State football once again finds itself on the precipice of the College Football Playoff. Urban Meyer would obviously like his team to get there, but he definitely isn't ready to anoint the Buckeyes.
OSU is coming off of its best performance of the season, blasting rival Michigan 62-39 at home on Saturday.
Like last year, that is probably the best win of the teams contending for the No. 4 spot, assuming Alabama beats Georgia. However, Oklahoma's only loss was by three points to a good Texas team at a neutral site; Ohio State was spanked by a decent, but not great, Purdue team.
The defense is better than OU's, but it is still an issue, as well.
Urban Meyer admits that he doesn't think this year's Ohio State football team is of national championship quality... yet, at least.
From USA Today:
“When you start using terms like national championship and playoffs, that’s very rare air,” Meyer said. “That’s why we have a job to do -- get ready for practice and go win the Big Ten championship and worry about that down the road.”
“I don’t think we are yet,” he said, noting that there are areas of the game where his team national caliber and “certain areas we are not.”
Meyer might not be serving as salesman right now, but luckily it is up to his team this Saturday, and not him.
The Buckeyes face No. 21 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. Unfortunately, that isn't as big of an opportunity as Oklahoma has against Texas, but we've seen the Buckeyes make unexpected last-week leaps before.