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End Zone: Ohio State 9-4

09/04/2014, 12:00am EDT

OSU dropped to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 after a 17-point opening win over Navy. In other news, Rocky III swapped with Rocky V in Rocky Illustrated’s top 25 Rocky movies.

The beauty of the new college football playoff is the polls are no longer relevant. The final four teams will be unassailably judged by a 13-member selection committee, all of whom have been carefully vetted for biases. Well, except for committee chair Jeff Long, who obviously has it out for OSU after working at Michigan and marrying an Ann Arbor native, and probable SEC homer Archie Manning, and — darn it all — what was wrong with the BCS, anyway?

Really, though, I was amused by the mild hand-wringing over OSU’s drop in the latest polls — the first to account for quarterback Braxton Miller’s season-ending injury. First, why sweat the opinion of a few dozen scribes? (Secret: Most Saturdays, we only have time to watch the game we cover.) Second, the Buckeyes just may be overrated. Despite Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer affirming that Miller and J.T. Barrett are “kind of the same guy,” they are not. And OSU is not the same team.

Yet can it reach the same dream? “I believe so,” coach Urban Meyer said this week. The fun is in finding out. For all of the forecasts, all that matters now is what happens on the field.

Contact David Briggs at:, 419-724-6084 or on Twitter @DBriggsBlade.

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