Yesterday, when I thought Les Miles was the dumbest person on the planet, all seemed right with the world. Now, we have another contestant: Kirk Herbstreit. Mr. Buckeye, wearing a ridiculous hat that would even make "THE Hat" blush, chimed in today on his thoughts of an Ohio State national championship berth. His opinion? Thanks, but no thanks (sidebar on right):
In my opinion, Ohio State could do more about [improving] the image people have of its program by playing a talented USC team that right now is as hot as any in the country … I promise you, if Ohio State goes into the Rose Bowl, everyone is going to be saying, 'USC is going to kill Ohio State.'
… Ohio State will gain more respect if it plays USC in the Rose Bowl and wins that game, than if it goes and beats West Virginia and wins the national title. From an image standpoint, Ohio State would score more points going to the Rose Bowl than by going to the national championship game. If you can believe that, that's the truth.
I think I speak for all of us when I say, "What the fuck?" Ohio State would be better served by just playing USC in the Rose Bowl than winning the National Championship? Are you insane? Do you not have a soul? No one will give two shits about the Rose Bowl a month after it's over. The National Champion, on the other hand, gets a trip to the White House, an entire off-season's worth of publicity, and all the SI special edition hard-bound volumes it wants.
Herbstreit, obviously, is just setting himself up for a Missouri win this Saturday. If Missouri wins, Ohio State "saves face" by going to the Rose Bowl. If they lose and tOSU goes the BCS Championship, no one will remember this column. Not even Herbstreit. He'll deny it like it's Watergate. As well he should, because suddenly, Les Miles looks like the sane one in the stupid hat.
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