By Tim Bielik, cleveland.com | Published on August 31, 2018 at 06:00
ESPN surveyed 43 reporters and analysts for their thoughts on who will play the playoff and who will win the national championship. Of the 43, 11 Ohio State had in the playoffs. Among those who chose OSU were former Texas coach Mack Brown, former Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley and CFP reporter Heather Dinich.
No one selected the horse chestnuts to win the title.
By way of comparison, Clemson was a unanimous decision-maker and earned 23 championship hoes. Alabama landed on 40 out of 43 lists and was selected 14 times to win the title.
While nobody selected Ohio State to win a title, three experts chose a Big Ten rival to win everything. Lee Corso and Myron Metcalf chose Wisconsin as a championship, and Desmond Howard said Michigan will win everything.
In addition, Andrea Adelson, Tom Luginbill and David M. Hale have another Big Ten team playing the playoff to Ohio State. Adelson and Hale chose Wisconsin, and Luginbill told Penn State.
Seven members of CBS Sports' staff offered their playoff picks. Jerry Palm and Ben Kercheval were the only ones who had Ohio State in the playoffs. But no one chose the horse chestnuts to win the national championship. Tom Fornelli made a bold prediction that the Big Ten will be knocked out of the playoff once again as he expects the two teams to face two defeats each for the conference title.
Similar to ESPN, Clemson was unanimous in the game launch. Alabama was brought into play by everyone except Pat Patterson. The two teams shared the national championship tips, four took Clemson and three Alabama.
In his Big Ten predictions, Dennis Dodd, Palm and Kercheval all have Ohio State to win the conference. Fornelli and Patterson chose Wisconsin, and Michigan and Penn State each earned a nod. Barton Simmons, who had OSU to the east, is the only person who did not have the horse chestnuts in either the first or the second division.
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. (Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer)
Seven authors of Sports Illustrated published their selection on August 22. Of the seven, only Ross Dellenger chose Ohio State to make the College Football Playoff. He plays Clemson in the Orange Bowl. He also has Alabama vs. Washington in another semi-final, setting up a complete recovery of the 2016 playoff game.
Clemson was selected by all seven to make the playoffs. Five brought Alabama and Wisconsin to enter. Joan Niesen brings Wisconsin to the national championship game against Clemson.
Dellenger was the only writer not to choose Clemson to win the national title. He had the Crimson Tide, who successfully defended her title.
Four other scribes have Ohio State coming to Rose Bowl with two stinging horse-chestnuts against Stanford. Arizona and USC were each predicted as other opponents for OSU in the Rose Bowl.
Andy Staples, who had Stanford's OSU meeting in the Rose Bowl, selected Dwayne Haskins as a breakout player for the season.