Buckeye Battle Cry: Will Ohio State Make The College Football Playoff?

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Buckeye Battle Cry: Will Ohio State Make The College Football Playoff?

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Buckeye Battle Cry: Will Ohio State Make The College Football Playoff?


Ohio State is currently well behind the pace car in the race to make the College Football Playoff, but there’s still a lot to happen in the last couple of weeks. Ultimately, will the Buckeyes make the College Football Playoff? We asked our writers in this week’s Buckeye Battle Cry.


Ohio State is No. 10 in the latest College Football Playoff Poll, but it’s not as far out of the mix as that rankings would have you believe with all that’s still to occur.

So, with that being said, we asked our writers if the Buckeyes would ultimately get into the College Football Playoff.

Here are their answers …

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No, Ohio State will miss the College Football Playoff even if it wins the Big Ten championship.

Please note that I’m not saying that I would agree with this decision. If the goal is to put the four best teams in the College Football Playoff, the B1G champ would certainly belong. That means that the Buckeyes should control their own destiny.

They don’t.

Let’s be honest: the Selection Committee doesn’t think very highly of Ohio State. It didn’t give the Buckeyes credit for throttling a ranked Michigan State team on the road. It also decided to dock OSU for narrowly beating Maryland (also on the road), moving Central Florida ahead of the Buckeyes last week.

Both of these things should raise a few eyebrows. After all, if the Buckeyes don’t move up after beating a ranked foe by 20 points, what exactly will convince the committee to move them up? Furthermore, Ohio State actually beat Maryland, which something that No. 14 Texas — also known as the team that defeated Oklahoma — didn’t do. Why do the Longhorns and Sooners get a pass?

Or more importantly — why is two-loss LSU in front of Ohio State? Yes, the Tigers beat Georgia, but their starting quarterback is a guy that couldn’t win the job at OSU. Doesn’t that at least partially suggest that the Buckeyes are the better team? And didn’t the Selection Committee say last year that the number of losses matter?

The last two paragraphs demonstrate why the College Football Playoff selection process is flawed. Instead of using metrics last year, the Selection Committee used the “eyeball test”. While Alabama proved it right by winning it all, the decision to include the Tide undermined the credibility of the process.

Simply put: the committee can include whichever teams it wants to.

Sadly, it doesn’t feel the need to include Ohio State. Unfortunately, beating Michigan won’t change that.

Next … Mark Russell Weighs In

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