Ohio State is not going to win a Big 10 championship this season, but they already took care of their business for a playoff spot.
Now that rivalry week is over, Ohio State‘s fait is in the College Football Playoff committee. Ohio State and Michigan played a game for the ages that ended in double overtime. This past weekend we also may have seen one of the most controversial calls of all time on the J.T. Barrett first down call during the series.
But facts are facts and the game is over. Michigan fans, it is time to move on; As painful as it may be, it’s time.
TTUN had plenty of times to put the Buckeyes away. Yet, a 10 point lead for the Wolverines still wasn’t enough to hold them off. That said, when they turn the ball over three times, that is what is going to happen — Even when you have supposedly the best player in the country in Jabrill Peppers.
There still is a week left in college football before the final rankings come out. Right now though, Ohio State should continue to be in the final four.
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The Buckeyes are very deserving, even if they are not playing in their conference championship game. That is the unfortunate part because the very first thing the committee looks at is a conference championship. Instead, Wisconsin and Penn State will face off to become the conference’s champion.
The next thing the committee looks at is strength of schedule. As of now, Ohio State sits at number one, aka the toughest schedule in the nation. Hmm, gets your brain to start thinking doesn’t it?
The third thing the committee looks at is head-to-head competition. This is where Penn State starts to pull away from Ohio State again. As we all know, Ohio State is 11-1 because of Penn State. The Nittany Lions beat the Buckeyes 21-24 back in October, allowing them to sit on top of the Big 10 East.
If you want to go off of head-to-head though, then are you saying Pitt is better than Clemson? Iowa is better than Michigan? Kansas is better than Texas? Almost every team is going to have an off night, and every team is bound to lose a game somewhere along the line.
If Penn State goes on to beat Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship it is hard to believe the committee is going to leave Ohio State out.
Let’s take a look at the Buckeyes resume:
Home against Tulsa who is second in the American Athletic West. Buckeyes won 48-3.
At Oklahoma who is playing in the non-official Big 12 championship game. Buckeyes won 45-24.
At Wisconsin who is playing in the Big 10 championship game. Buckeyes won in OT 30-23.
At Penn State who is also playing in the Big 10 championship game. Buckeyes lost 24-21.
Home against Nebraska who finished at 9-3, second in the Big Ten West. Buckeyes won 62-3.
Home against Michigan who is in the top five in the nation. Buckeyes won in double overtime 30-27.
Now that we know all of that, I don’t think there is a doubt in anyone’s mind the Buckeyes shouldn’t make it into the college football playoffs. Where Ohio State should be ranked is still yet to be determined, but anywhere out of the top four, will have some fans going nuts.