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BSD Mailbag: 9.17.20

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The BSD Mailbag is back!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 28 CFP Semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl - Clemson v Ohio State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Long time listener, first time caller. Will the Big ten have to go undefeated to make the playoffs? If Ohio State loses 2, and Penn State has one loss, will we be let in? I’ll hang up and listen.
-Sperbro

To answer your first question as simply as I possibly can: no, I don’t think the Big Ten needs to go undefeated to make the College Football Playoff. Sure, the Big Ten is going to be docked — and rightfully so — for only playing a nine-game season while the other conference championship participants will have played 11. But still, I would put my money on an 8-1 Big Ten Champion Ohio State making the playoffs.

To answer your second question: that’s less likely. One would assume that Penn State’s loss would be to Ohio State, Ohio State would then lose to say Iowa, but Penn State would be able to avenge their loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. If that were to happen, I think the smart money would be on Penn State being on the outside looking in when it comes to playoff. “Perception” shouldn’t play a part in deciding which four programs make the College Football Playoff, but Penn State’s best friend if they were to make it as a one-loss team would be Ohio State having as few losses as possible.

When can we get recruits on campus?
-PhillyLion

Good question that unfortunately I don’t know the answer to. It certainly seems like visits aren’t going to happen for the rest of 2020 — maybe January 2021? That will largely depend upon a vaccine, which hand up, I know zilch about.

Does Nebraska also strike you as that kid in school no one particularly liked and was often ignored, but felt they had to be louder than everyone just to get attention, which in turn lead to them getting picked on more?
-chulupabatman

Let me start off by saying that I like Nebraska. I actually like all of the Big Ten West teams. Last year was actually fun with some doubt if Wisconsin would take the West crown.

That being said, being a Nebraska fan can’t be all that easy. I don’t necessarily describe to the theory that Nebraska has fallen so far they can’t get back to contending, but will they ever be the Nebraska of the 90s? No, but that level of dominance — three (one unfairly) titles in four years — isn’t really going to happen anywhere. Still, it’s clear that Nebraska isn’t the program it used to be. They are much more Wisconsin than they are Alabama, and man, that can be tough to accept.

What’s your favorite fun fact that most people don’t know?
-Success With Honor Always

I read something earlier this year that John Tyler — 10th President of the United States, born in 1790 — has a grandson that is still living. Woah.

What are your thoughts on the Renaissance? Did it matter to people more then or now? How will history look back at the digital revolution? Is it more important than the Renaissance?
-Gerry Dincher

So when I think about the importance of the Renaissance, the most important part was the printing press, right? Made communication and the spread of ideas so much easier. Truly a big deal back then, and it should still be a big deal today.

Something similar could be said about the digital revolution — made communication and the spread of ideas so much easier. I mean, we have a large portion of our population working from their couches and for the most part, it’s working out relatively well. Without question, that’s incredibly important.

I do think it could be argued that we reached a point where we might be too connected. There are so many ideas out there, and everyone has a platform to share them — at some point, it seems like we’ll reach (or reached) the point of diminishing returns.