Buckeye Battle Cry: Did Ohio State Get The Shaft In The First College Football Playoff Poll Of 2018?

Did Ohio State Get Shafted In The First CFP Poll Rankings?

Buckeye Battle Cry: Did Ohio State Get The Shaft In The First College Football Playoff Poll Of 2018?

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Buckeye Battle Cry: Did Ohio State Get The Shaft In The First College Football Playoff Poll Of 2018?


The first College Football Playoff Rankings came out Tuesday and Ohio State checked in at No. 10. Many think that’s too low, others think it’s too high, and some think it’s about right. Where do our writers believe the Buckeyes should be ranked?


Though the first set of rankings from the College Football Playoff committee aren’t the end all to be all, it does set things up for where teams can go, and opens up the path going forward.

With Ohio State checking in at No. 10 after it’s lone loss to Purdue (albeit embarrassing), some have lost their minds over how far down the Buckeyes are — especially with four SEC teams ranked ahead of one of the top teams in the Big Ten.

So we decided to ask our staff if they thought Ohio State was right about where it should be, or if it should be moved up or down. It’s the topic in our weekly Buckeye Battle Cry.

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Fifteenth! After all, there are fourteen SEC teams, and we all know that Ohio State would have at least four losses in the SEC. Just ask any of their fans, who will repeat that argument verbatim.

That’s a joke, Buckeye fans.

In all honesty, I think Ohio State belongs in the top four.

I am serious. And, don’t call me Shirley.

Don’t get me wrong: there are teams that have a better body of work than Ohio State right now. Clemson, Alabama, and Notre Dame are undefeated. LSU throttled Georgia. Michigan’s only loss was a close one to Notre Dame. Anyone that claims that any of these teams belong in the field has a rock solid argument.

However, the Selection Committee showed us last season that it doesn’t always rely on metrics. As Ohio State fans learned the hard way, the committee can throw strength of schedule right out the window to pick a team that it thinks will win the national championship. Why else would it select a squad that didn’t beat a team with fewer than four losses during the regular season over the Big Ten champion?

If the goal of the committee is to get the four best teams in the field, then Ohio State belongs on that list. Sure, there are issues that the Buckeyes need to address in the coming weeks, but the bottom line is that the talent is there. As long as OSU takes care of business over the next few weeks, I feel strongly that they are one of the four best teams in the country.

I just hope that the Selection Committee does, too.

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