DOUBLE TAKE: A Buck-eye on the prize: Who wins it all in 2016?

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Matt Algarin and Andrew Metz

Matt's Take:

The college football season is upon us, which means it's time to fast forward through all of the games and look to the college football playoffs.

Last year we saw Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State make the inaugural playoffs, much to the dismay of teams like Baylor and TCU.

I still think Baylor coach Art Briles has nightmares about the Bears being left out. He takes every opportunity to whine about it to the media.

I don't expect much less this year, as the Bears and other deserving teams will more than likely be left out.

Remember, there is only room for four teams.

And those teams will be Ohio State, the defending National Champions, TCU, Oregon and Auburn.

The Buckeyes and Horned Frogs are easy picks. It's not hard to argue that TCU had a legitimate chance of making the playoff last year. Gary Patterson and TCU will be hard to stop if their offense can keep pace with last season.

Mariota may be gone, but the Ducks will just keep on winning. Sorry Bama fans, but the Tide will not beat Auburn this year, as the Tigers take the SEC crown.

As for the playoff, Ohio State beats TCU and Auburn knocks out Oregon. In the National Championship, the Buckeyes will outrun the Tigers and win their second consecutive college football championship.

They are just too talented. O-H-I-O.

Andrew’s Take:

It’s time for Ohio Stadium to install some red turf.

The Big Ten is the new Mountain West, and Ohio State is the new Boise State.

Look at their schedule. There’s only one ranked team. (Michigan State, in Columbus, on Nov. 21).

I’m not saying that Ohio State Buckeyes are not good. I’m not even saying (yet) that they’re not the best team in the country. But they are not the best in a landslide.

Look at the preseason rankings. As far as the voters are concerned there’s no competition.

It appears that nobody understands how to pick the best college football team, just as they’ve forgotten how to distinguish a most valuable player. A team’s likelihood of going undefeated does not make them the best team in the country, thanks to strength-of-schedule. Just like a player with the highest stats is not automatically the MVP, due to “intangibles.”

Right now, the No. 1 team should be chosen based on talent and chemistry. Matchups should not be considered.

If a majority of the country believes that, in a 48-minute contest, Ohio State will field the most productive team, I can accept a No. 1 ranking. But I do not believe that all 61 AP voters view them so favorably.

I’m sticking with Alabama, even though they’re running a race with seven hurdles while the Ohio State has one.

I believe the Buckeyes will go undefeated, and they’ll maintain a No. 1 ranking until the playoff.

TCU and Baylor might each drop one game, and even after one defeats the other, I believe that both can stay in the top four. Right now, I’m going with the Horned Frogs at No. 2 and the Bears at No. 4.

That leaves Alabama at No. 3, even if they drop a couple, there will be enough schedule strength to get them into the playoffs with an SEC Championship.

OSU beats Baylor. Bama beats TCU. The Tide gets revenge, and another crystal football.