David Pollack: Ohio State is No. 1 team in America
College football analysts are often criticized of being biased.
If an analyst played at an SEC school, he’ll likely be called out for being a homer if he says something positive about his former conference. The same is true of former B1G players, or any former player that gets paid to state their opinion.
David Pollack and Joey Galloway didn’t exactly fit that mold when it came to debating the nation’s top team.
Pollack, a former Georgia star and current College GameDay analyst, doesn’t believe Alabama is the best team in the country. Like his colleague Rece Davis, Pollack believes Ohio State should be No. 1.
“I think they’re the best team in the country,” Pollack said of OSU on College Football Live. “I think they’ll be favored in every game and I think they can win a national title. I love the experience of J.T. (Barrett), I love the athleticism, the youth, the effort they’ve shown so far.
“(OSU co-defensive coordinator) Greg Schiano doesn’t get enough credit for what he’s been able to come in and do. Their secondary is lights out. I think it’s the best in college football.”
The secondary helped fuel Ohio State’s No. 1 scoring defense through the first five weeks of 2016. That, of course, was the Buckeyes’ biggest question mark coming into this season.
Galloway, a former standout Buckeye receiver, isn’t all in on OSU. At least not yet.
“I don’t quite have them as the best team in the country at this stage of the season because if they were to face Alabama or Clemson or maybe even Washington on a neutral site, I don’t know that I’m taking Ohio State to beat those teams,” Galloway said. “But later on in the season once these games play out, I think they have as good a shot as anybody to be the best team in the country.”
Galloway also said that he doesn’t think OSU has the résumé that either Alabama or Clemson has. The Buckeyes will have a chance for another win vs. a top-25 team a week from Saturday when they travel to take on No. 11 Wisconsin.
Maybe a loud statement in Madison would make the Buckeyes a consensus No. 1.