1. The 2014 college football season is over. Quick! On to the next! The first round of predictions for futures near and distant hit the Internet while AT&T Stadium’s cleaning crew was still sweeping confetti Monday night. Ohio State is a 9-2 favorite to hoist the trophy again next season according to Las Vegas, but didn’t make the top of the list on ESPN’s early Top 25. Four Big Ten teams made it on that list as well as USA Today’s rankings. Only the Buckeyes and Spartans made Fox’s list. These numbers serve little purpose other than giving every non-Buckeye fan in the country something to talk about, but if the Big Ten finished with only two teams in the Top 25 a year from now that would be a step backward for the conference. Maybe perception hasn’t changed too dramatically during bowl season.
2. In a similar “What’s next?” spirit, it took far less than 24 hours for conversation to turn toward Ohio State’s next championship. Urban Meyer’s dynasty under construction was a popular topic Tuesday. So many things can go wrong to knock down a Goliath that it feels like an overreaction to break out that word after one title, but it’s really hard to imagine Meyer’s team not playing for more in the near future. In his last 10 seasons as a head coach, Meyer has either won a national championship or finished undefeated five times. Fifteen of his starters Monday night grew up in Ohio, which means there is plenty of capable local talent. And almost all of them will be back again next fall. Meyer said he wanted to let his players enjoy this one rather than talking about the future. If the noted workaholic can keep from burning out in the coming years, the future is glaringly bright in Columbus.
3. The championship trophy is officially in Big Ten country. Why not bring the whole game with it? A couple cities within the conference footprint are planning to make bids on future title games after watching Monday’s extravaganza. Indianapolis, a city apparently on a quest to host the title game of every major sport in the country, is mulling the idea of aiming for the game as early as 2018. Minneapolis is also leaning toward trying to bring the championship north. While a future championship game in the Midwest may make some Big Ten folks happy, consider this my vote to keep the season finale confined to points Pasadena and South.
A few more links to tales of Ohio State's historic night in Texas:
To rebuild Ohio State Urban Meyer first had to rebuild himself.
Fires, pepper spray and a failed attempts to break into the Horseshoe were all part of the postgame celebration in Columbus.
And now a look at what's going on elsewhere in the Big Ten:
A championship for a Big Ten team isn’t necessarily good news for other top teams like Michigan State.
Fresh off its Ohio State victory, Virginia Tech can’t get enough of the Big Ten. The Hokies scheduled a home-and-home series with Rutgers and bumped up their meeting with Penn State two years to 2020.
An early look at Maryland’s 2015 nonconference schedule.
A third generation of the Harbaugh family is reportedly joining the Michigan coaching staff.
Indiana, the other Big Ten team that turned to its third-string quarterback this fall, will have its top two options healthy in time for spring practice.
No surprise in Wisconsin, but the Badgers officially named Dave Aranda and Joe Rudolph the team’s defensive and offensive coordinators Tuesday.
Nebraska’s close loss to USC in the National University Holiday Bowl was almost enough to help the Huskers squeak into the AP Top 25, but not quite.
No postseason for Purdue this year, but Boilermaker alum Matt Light has seen plenty of playoff games in the NFL.