1. WHAT WE LEARNED
Old school can still be the best school. Oregon embodies everything new age about college football, but Ohio State showed that the old-fashioned ways are often still the best. The Buckeyes simply beat the Ducks into the turf by controlling both lines of scrimmage and battering them into submission with an unstoppable running game. It didn’t matter that Ohio State did it with a third-string quarterback named Cardale Jones or that Oregon had a Heisman winner in Marcus Mariota. This title was dug out of the dirt.
2. TRENDING NOW
Urban Meyer. Love him or fear him, but don’t doubt him. Meyer is one of the best coaches college football has ever seen. A burnout case after winning two national titles at Florida (including a win over Ohio State in the first BCS title game eight years ago), Meyer came back as good as ever at Ohio State in 2012. Now he joins Nick Saban (one at LSU, three at Alabama) as the only coaches ever to win national titles at two different schools. And he and the Buckeyes, who will probably be No. 1 in August, may just be getting started.
3. FINAL THOUGHTS
The first College Football Playoff is now history. Did it do what the game wanted, or needed? Arguably the two semifinal losers, Bama and Florida State, would have been playing for the title under the old BCS system. But sometimes it’s not the best team, just the one playing the best, that wins in a playoff. That was Ohio State. Now Oregon, and everyone who plays like Oregon, may have to go back and rethink how they do things a bit. The way Ohio State does them.