The Dye-Gest: Best Team Won the Title

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye writes about the first major college championship game of the playoff era.

I wasn’t surprised at all that Ohio State defeated Oregon although I thought it was going to be a closer game. I figured the Buckeyes would win something like 34-31.

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I assumed Oregon would be able to score more points when it got down near the goal line. Not taking advantage of those opportunities was a big factor in the game. Ohio State scored another touchdown at the end when it should have just downed the ball, but there is no doubt in my mind that the best team in the country won the national championship.

I still think that TCU should have had a chance to compete, and probably Baylor and Michigan State, too, so I would like to see an eight-team playoff.

You could play four bowl games and get to a final four and play the last three games outside of the bowl system. If they want to generate more money for college football, and get some of it to the players, the eight-team playoff would certainly help fund that project.

The bottom line on what happened on Monday night is Ohio State dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Coming into the game I thought that could be a big issue for Oregon and figured the Ducks could have a hard time stopping Ohio State’s big running back and they did.

I don’t think there is any doubt that the receivers that Oregon lost really hurt that team’s chances of winning, but was obvious to me, and I believe everybody else who watched the game, that physically the Ducks are not the team that Ohio State is.

Based on where the Buckeyes were during the regular season with the slow start, the quarterback injuries and the other problems they had, including a player committing suicide, I thought Urban Meyer and his staff did a great job of keeping their team together, moving forward and reaching their goals.

It was one of the better coaching jobs I have seen in recent years to win the championship with a team featuring numerous young players. With a lot of the key players expected back the Buckeyes should be tough to deal with again next season.

I think all of the accolades that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota received this year were deserved, but his team was overmatched by Ohio State. The other quarterback on the field, Cardale Jones, had a huge impact on the game. I believe he converted about every third down and short and fourth and short play the Buckeyes had, which was so important because it kept Oregon’s offense on the sideline.

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