We have the College Football Playoff now, but what if it were in place when “all” the bowls tried to work together to determine a national champion on the field. Time to take a look.
CFP Rewind: Other Years In The Modern Era Ohio State Would Have Made The Playoff
So yeah, this isn’t an exact science, but four is more than two, and better of course depending on what side of the fence you land on.
Ohio State has made the four team College Football Playoff in its infancy two out of the four years — not bad. And the other two years, they were knocking on the door but nobody would listen.
But what if the college football suits would have given us what we all wanted in the first place instead of standing by the handshake agreements with bowl officials and lauding the crazy Bowl Coalition, the led to the Bowl Alliance, that led to the Bowl Championship Series. Remember they all failed. What other years might the Buckeyes been a part of all the fun?
It’s actually not all that many, and was a bit surprising when the research was completed. It just goes to show you how one loss can keep you just on the outside looking in to the top five, and what little room for error there really is.
Disclaimer time. We’re not going to make this complicated. We’ll start with when the agreements between most of the bowls began in 1992 and use the crazy AP and Coaches Poll rankings, and some formula guys that didn’t play football concocted in a lab somewhere and take the first four teams as they were ranked at the end of the regular season.
Also, we won’t include the 2002 national title year or the 2006 and 2007 years since the Buckeyes at least made it to the BCS National Championship game but fell mightily short (This pause is so that SEC fans can thump their chests and drink sweet tea).