Yes, there is bias against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Let’s be honest: the Selection Committee was perfectly content to keep the Buckeyes at No. 10. It didn’t move OSU up in the rankings when it thrashed Michigan State 26-6 on the road. The following week, the committee moved UCF in front of Ohio State after it rallied to beat Maryland on the road. That was a pretty big slap in the face considering that No. 14 Texas lost to Maryland at home, while the Buckeyes won on the road (and as an aside, why does every single college football writer at the four-letter network neglect to mention that fact?)
Of course, the biggest indication that the Selection Committee is clearly against Ohio State happened last week. Even though the Buckeyes demolished Michigan, the committee didn’t move OSU forward. The only reason that Ohio State moved up is because the other teams lost (or lost their best player in the case of UCF).
And, I firmly believe that if LSU rallied to beat Texas A&M, the Tigers would remain in front of the Buckeyes. I’m not saying that it would be right, but believe that would be the case. Apparently, the slogan of “it just means more”, doesn’t apply when SEC teams lose games.
In other words: I think the fix is in. If Georgia loses a close game to Alabama, the Selection Committee will put the Bulldogs in over Ohio State. Likewise, if Oklahoma wins, it will get the fourth spot over the Buckeyes. The only way that OSU gets in is if both teams lose — with Georgia losing convincingly.
As much as it pains me to say it, “Roll Tide” and “Hook ‘em”.