I'm not sure any Urban Meyer team -- not at Utah, not even at Bowling Green -- has ever looked so helpless. And remember, Ohio State was favored. (Feel free to forget that
I picked the Buckeyes to win
.) Given Urban a month to prepare and the opponent is usually in trouble. Clemson was so much the better team that you wondered if ESPN switched the semis without telling anybody -- that Clemson was really Alabama and Ohio State was Washington.
When this season began, Clemson was No. 2 to Alabama's No. 1, which is how last season ended. (For the record,
I had the Tigers ranked ahead of Bama.
) In the third-from-last set of College Football Playoff rankings, Clemson had slipped to No. 4 behind both Ohio State and Michigan. The home loss to Pittsburgh was the best thing that could have happened to the men of Dabo, seeing as how they'd been flirting with losing ever since their opening night at Auburn.