If Miami can navigate Notre Dame — a big if, given the Fighting Irish’s play — it will only need victories over Virginia and Pittsburgh to make it to the ACC title game without a blemish. Not the Iowa-beating-Ohio State-at-home part of things. And this isn’t exactly a recent phenomenon, either.
Meanwhile, four Barrett interceptions led to one defensive touchdown for Iowa and another 10 points secured on short fields.
A philosophy of two-and-through as an eliminator has effectively worked in the first three years of the playoff era.
That won’t work every year, but it’s worth asking: Who have these guys defeated, besides each other? The Buckeyes are basically done as a playoff contender, and both Michigan State and Penn State need some help elsewhere to go along with winning out.
It was legitimate to wonder just how good Miami was in plowing through its schedule to date.
When they kicked off against the Hokies, the Hurricanes owned exactly one victory over an FBS team with a winning record (Toledo).
With the Bears (1-8, 1-5 Big 12) on the board, the only winless teams left in the FBS are Georgia Southern and Texas-El Paso. Not only did the Bulldogs (9-0, 6-0 SEC) handle South Carolina, 24-10, they sealed the SEC East when Kentucky lost to Mississippi.