The ESPN analyst is much higher on the Buckeyes than he is the Sooners.
Maybe the toughest job of the College Football Playoff selection committee is attempting to judge how much a team has improved over the course of a season.
How much should an early-season loss matter if the team looks significantly better by the end of the season?
That’s something that could come into play this season if both Ohio State and Oklahoma finish 12-1. The Buckeyes fell to the Sooners in mid-September, but both teams look fairly different now.
ESPN college football analyst Jesse Palmer said on Saturday night that he thinks the Buckeyes would win “by 20” if they played in Norman, Okla. today.
“Ohio State is just that much better,” Palmer said.
Ohio State does look significantly better, especially in the passing game, but that feels like a bit of an overreaction.
The first College Football Playoff rankings come out on Tuesday night.