Ohio State Has A Path To The College Football Playoff, Here's What It Would Entail

Ohio State Moves Up To No. 6 In Latest College Football Playoff Poll

Ohio State Has A Path To The College Football Playoff, Here's What It Would Entail

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Ohio State Has A Path To The College Football Playoff, Here's What It Would Entail


Ohio State is still sitting at No. 10 in the College Football Playoff Poll. The ladder to climb seems considerable, but it’s not as bad as it appears.


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Don’t despair Buckeye fans. The Scarlet and Gray sky is not falling despite Ohio State appearing to be cemented in at No. 10 — even after other teams in front have lost.

With where things stand, Ohio State would need to jump six teams in just two weeks to make it all happen. That would mean either a combination of losses in front of them, or a better-built resume when comparing against the teams in the running.

So, here’s what will need to happen.

There is good news, but of course this would all assume that Ohio State beats Michigan on Saturday. Lose and the Buckeyes are obviously out. So here it goes:

  • Ohio State plays Michigan. If they win, the Buckeyes will move ahead of the Wolverines. It has too. That’s one team out, and do we think the playoff committee would move the Maize and Blue down six spots if it lost a close one in Columbus? Not likely. That’s one team down (Ranking No. 9).
  • If Alabama wins out and beats Georgia, that would be two losses for the Bulldogs. That should be enough to catapult a one-loss Big Ten champion Ohio State over  a two-loss SEC runner-up. Count team No. 2 out (Ranking No. 8).
  • Ditto for LSU. The Bayou Tigers are ranked No. 7 right now, but that’s going to change. I don’t think there’s any way an LSU team stays ahead of Ohio State in this scenario. Another one bites the dust (Ranking No. 7)
  • Now we get more complicated. Washington State could very well lose this week against Washington in the Apple Cup, and if not, it could drop one in the Pac-12 Championship next week. And, even if that doesn’t happen, and the Cougars win out, Ohio State’s wins over a potential top ten Penn State team on the road, and the win over a No. 4 Michigan would trump anything the fighting Leach’s have because the conference is so down. I think OSU gets the nod there (Ranking No. 6).
  • There’s also the UCF problem. It just leapfrogged Ohio State, but again — I think this is just a product of the schedule to date. Ohio State will have beaten Michigan and a potentially ranked Northwestern team in the Big Ten Championship game. The Knights won’t want to hear it, but no way they stay ahead of the Buckeyes when all the dust settles in a scenario where both teams win out (Ranking No. 5).

 

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