Why not First Round, because of his height?
Yes, but if ND beats USC, that is what we are left with.
I a big fan of the SEC and wouldn't mind seeing Florida getting a shot - but what is that likelihood?
If ND beats USC, and Florida "runs the table" (over FSU and the Arkansas/LSU winner in the SEC title game), Florida will pass Michigan. Of that, I have no doubt. But if SC runs the table, they will most likely earn the bid, no matter what Florida does.
Personally, as I live in So Cal, I think USC is vastly overrated. Florida's a better team, and they lost to a very good Auburn team, not a lame-ass team like Oregon State (USC's lone defeat).
ND really has no shot, for the reason mentioned earlier (ass-whuppin' by Michigan). Arkansas needs SC to lose, because even if they run the table (LSU and Florida wins), if SC does the same it comes down to USC 50, Arkansas 14 in the season opener. And for Michigan to get it, realistically they need USC, Florida and Arkansas to lose. ND beats USC, LSU beats Arkansas and Arkansas beats Florida, and Michigan will get their rematch.
As a Buckeye, do I want it? Heck no... think it takes away from the rivalry. They had their shot, they couldn't do it. Beating them again would be anticlimactic. Losing means it's 1-1, so who's really better? But will they have earned it if the last scenario plays out? I think it will.