Live from Jerry’s World: Oregon, Ohio State and ‘Oh, wow!’

Taken from my viewpoint (pylon not shown).

Taken from my viewpoint (pylon not shown).

Arlington, Texas — I admit it. The video board is amazing. (It’s my first trip to AT&T Stadium.) Did you know that it alone cost $40 million, or more than Texas Stadium — the Dallas Cowboys’ former home, the one with the hole in a roof that didn’t close — cost in its entirety? All hail the wealth and chutzpah of Jerry Jones!

My seat: Not amazing. I’m in the main press box, which is, in the way of all new main press boxes, shunted to the side. (The 50-yard-line press boxes are now luxury suites. Teams finally asked themselves, “Why give the best seats to the people who don’t pay?”) I’m overlooking the pylon in the back of the end zone bearing the words “Ohio State.” Which is, in the grand scheme, fine. I’m indoors, I’m dry, I’m warm. The Ice Bowl this ain’t.

About the game: I pick the Buckeyes to win 34-30, for two reasons — a better defense (Oregon’s is ranked 84th in the nation) and Urban Meyer. But Oregon is favored by about a touchdown, which means that I, not exactly for the first time, could well be wrong.

I’d be surprised if this one winds up 45-44. Big games, even ones between two splendid offenses, are seldom as high-scoring as we’d expect. Rare is the team that can play fast and free and easy with so much at stake.

Maybe Oregon is that team. Or maybe Ohio State, which plays fast itself, is. Maybe the first team to 50 will indeed win. But I’d be surprised.

With that, the figurative floor is again open. I’ll be here, overlooking the pylon, until the first tournament champion in the history of major-college football is crowned. I welcome your coverage, and I have to admit: I’m happy to be here. This feels like history, probably because it is.

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5150POAD
5150POAD

THE OHIO STATE Buckeyes still have never defeated the UGa Dawgs......

SunDropMan
SunDropMan

I recall saying, when Oregon ran onto the field, that if they lose it will be because of the very plain uniforms.  OK, it happened, and that has to be the reason.  Didn't even play like the same team.  Dump those unis !

5150POAD
5150POAD

@FarTrain it is the Jimmys and Joes not the Panties and Hose the fashionista are wearing. 

Buckeyes just manhandled them in the trenches. 

ShootinTheHooch
ShootinTheHooch

During the 14 year Mark Richt era, eight schools from the top five recruiting states have won national championships. Georgia (fourth) ZERO! 

That is an indictment against Richt's inability to maximize the potential of the players and resources he has at his disposal. 10 wins be damned!  He begins the season with six wins as a certainty. He and his now high dollar staff should either get the Dawgs into the NC conversation or take a hike. 

No excuses can justify his inability to produce consistency in the SEC and NC picture. Ohio State beat the best two teams in the playoffs with a third string QB. 



5150POAD
5150POAD

Better game than BAMA v FSU....

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Urban Meyer: Best coach in the country. Saban included.

ShootinTheHooch
ShootinTheHooch

@MarkBradley No doubt! There's not another coach in America who could win a championship with a third string quarterback, much less one that is a freshman.

As soon as we lose a game next year, Richt will be using the excuse of a young quarterback and how the offense will get better when the QB can be trusted with more of the playbook.



GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

Why would a team that prides itself on wearing loud colors wear such blah white and gray uniforms? Ohio State was clearly the better team but Oregon officials didn't help themselves with that odd choice of unis.

5150POAD
5150POAD

@GeorgeJetsen it was stated the circus uniforms might take away from their play on the field in this game and the team didn't want that

5150POAD
5150POAD

Phil Knight with all his NIKE money still can't get a Football National Championship.

5150POAD
5150POAD

Ohio St was 40-1 to win the Title after miller went down? Man there have to be a few people that made some money on that bet.

5150POAD
5150POAD

I guess the Dog fans will stop with all that Ohio St trash talk now. 

1980 is so so long ago compared to 2015.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Ohio St has hoisted IT twice this century & played for it 3 or 4 more times.

The dwags haven't come close to any of that.

:(

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Congrats to Urban. #3, that's elite Co.

Saban better be sick over blowing a Title! :(

Bush league hit by Bosa.

5150POAD
5150POAD

@BigCrimson75 it was like the Hit a Bama player put on Box Score MURRAY after an INT right?

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

I really don't understand that. Oregon puts the game in the hands of a defense that has yielded 507 yards.


MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Can't believe they're punting

5150POAD
5150POAD

down 15 and he punts? Doesn't he have to go for it?

LaxRam
LaxRam

what a disappointing end to the college football season. The team in the weakest conference wins!!

5150POAD
5150POAD

@LaxRam but you can ride the coattails of #2 Bama after the final poll is released. 

LaxRam
LaxRam

Stick a fork in the ducks!! They are done!!

5150POAD
5150POAD

Damn he has a strong arm.

5150POAD
5150POAD

Nice power slide to stay in bounds. 

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Oregon has only 10 points off the four turnovers.

5150POAD
5150POAD

Finished the 3qtr with a TD. 

I don't think the DUCK can survive the POUNDING Ohio St keeps putting on them.

5150POAD
5150POAD

OHIO ST just need to keep pounding the ball and Eating Up the Clock on scoring drives.

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Think the Ducks would like to rethink that fourth-and-goal from the 3?

LaxRam
LaxRam

Yep! That early you have to take the points.

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

The Buckeyes are lucky to be ahead. When last did you see a team with four turnovers to the opponent's none ahead this far into it?

5150POAD
5150POAD

The Turnovers have just been really bad. It isn't like the Duck have caused them. 

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Almost the dumbest play in CPF history. Heh, heh.

5150POAD
5150POAD

Another JACK WAD dropping the ball. What is wrong with these fools?

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

That's a touchdown, I believe

5150POAD
5150POAD

Speed KILLS and TOs too.

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Touchdown. Mariota to Marshall. Game has changed.

5150POAD
5150POAD

Letting the DUCKS stay in the game is a bad thing.