Palm Gives Thumbs Down to Buckeyes Without Help
By Rob Ogden
If Ohio State, Alabama and Florida State all finish the season undefeated, there is absolutely no chance the Buckeyes play for the national title, CBSSports.com BCS expert Jerry Palm said Wednesday.
"None. They don't control their own destiny," Palm told The Ozone. "Nothing they can do."
Even if Ohio State beats every opponent 100-0 and Florida State wins the rest of its games 10-9?
"Doesn't matter," Palm said. "Not in November, that kind of thing's not going to happen."
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 3 in the latest BCS standings behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State.
The gap is sizable enough between Florida State and Ohio State that it would take a loss from one of the top two teams in order for the Buckeyes to move up in the rankings.
The good news for Ohio State is that Palm also said that No 4. Stanford and No. 5 Baylor have no chance of finishing ranked ahead of a 13-0 Ohio State team.
"If Baylor was going to pass them they would have done it this past week when Ohio State was sitting around watching," Palm said.
Undefeated Baylor crushed then-No. 10 Oklahoma 41-12 last week.
One-loss Stanford beat then-No. 3 Oregon 26-20 on the same night.
If each of the top five teams win out, the BCS standings will finish with Alabama No. 1, followed by Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor and Stanford.
All the Buckeyes can do now is win out, and hope.
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