It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost a week since the Ohio State Buckeyes rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat then-No. 2 ranked Penn State inside The Horseshoe.
Time flies when you’re having fun reliving that game in your head, I guess.
Anyway, as time keeps on a-movin, bowl projections keep on a-churnin. Again, we rounded up five outlets, and compiled their prediction for where their respective writers think the Buckeyes are headed this postseason.
In weeks past, the projections for Ohio State have been all over the place among these five selected outlets. However, as the great Bob Dylan once sang, the times are a-changin. This week, the projections are narrowed down to two places: the Rose Bowl Semifinal, or the Orange Bowl.
Let’s take a look at who has the Buckeyes in the playoff.
|Jerry Palm||Rose||(No.3) Clemson|
Ahh, Jerry Palm—he’s had the right idea the whole time. Since we started the bowl projection round-up, Palm has had the Buckeyes in the playoff picture.
For the past couple weeks, the Rose Bowl has been the focus for where he thinks OSU will be headed. Unlike last week, though, he has the Clemson Tigers facing Ohio State in the ‘Granddaddy of Them All.’
On the other side of the playoff table, Palm has Alabama facing Penn State in the Sugar Bowl. A part of me wants to see a Buckeye-Crimson Tide meetup in Atlanta for the National Championship, but a part of me also wants to see a rematch with the Nittany Lions.
(Especially after seeing the OSU defense contain Saquon Barkley.)
|Jason Kirk||Rose||(No. 3) Georgia|
SB Nation’s own Jason Kirk has the Georgia Bulldogs traveling out to California to face the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl. Kirk’s predictions go a bit further, as he has Ohio State winning the game—and advancing to face Alabama in the National Championship. In the Sugar Bowl, Kirk is predicting that Nick Saban’s top ranked squad will defeat Clemson.
Like Palm, Kirk has the Scarlet and Gray as the No. 2-seeded team in the College Football Playoff.
USA Today’s Erick Smith has a similar trajectory for Ohio State; he has the Buckeyes in the playoff, however, unlike Kirk, Smith believes that Kirby Smart’s team will prevail over Urban Meyer and the Bucks.
Smith has an all-SEC natty, with Alabama beating Clemson in the Sugar Bowl Semifinal to set up the matchup.
Between Palm, Kirk and Smith, there is a consistent theme: one of the Power 5 conferences is getting two teams in the CFP.
|Eric Single||Orange||Virginia Tech|
We haven’t seen this matchup too much, as Sports Illustrated’s Eric Single has Virginia Tech facing Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.
Of note: Single has zero Big Ten teams in the playoff—he has Penn State taking on UCF in the Peach Bowl, and a Wisconsin-Washington clash in the Fiesta Bowl.
While these predictions should be taken with a grain of salt, Sports Illustrated did predict the Houston Astros were going to win the World Series this season...three years ago.
|David M. Hale||Orange||Miami (FL)|
Both of ESPN’s writers have the Buckeyes flying South for the winter. Kyle Bonagura has a rematch of the 2014 edition of the Orange Bowl, with Ohio State facing Clemson.
His counterpart David M. Hale has kept his OSU bowl prediction pretty consistent. The only difference is that he has the Buckeyes playing the Miami Hurricanes. Hale has had this prediction for weeks now. I think if this game were to happen, Terry Porter has to be the ref; it’s only fair, as Miami is basically playing at home.