The Big Ten's Irrational Love for the Buckeyes
Ohio State should not be able to play for the Big Ten title or a National Championship this season and here is why
Does Ohio State head coach, Ryan Day have explicit photo’s of Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren or is Warren just a closeted Buckeye fan. The Big Ten has officially voted to waive the six game requirement to make the conference championship which works in the favor of one team; the Ohio State Buckeyes. If this requirement, which shouldn’t have been voted against, still stood, then the well deserving Indiana Hoosiers would have squared off against the Northwestern Wildcats.
Now what does this mean for the College Football Playoffs? If Ohio State, who is a favorite over the Wildcats, is triumphant on December 19th, will they keep their number four ranking and make the playoffs and be given a chance to compete for a National Title. I hope that the College Football Playoff Committee has enough sense to see past these 5-0 frauds and vote in a team like Cincinnati, Texas A&M, or even Florida.
I don’t doubt the talent that is on the Buckeyes roster but, when you’ve only played five games the whole season how can you pass the eye test against programs that are 9-1, 8-2, or even 10-0. The Cincinnati Bearcats currently sit at 8-0 with wins over UCF and Memphis and are set to square off with the 24th ranked team in the nation on the 19th, the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. If they win the AAC Title game then their resume is stronger than a team who has only beaten a dismal Michigan State team, a lowly Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, and number 12 Indiana.
There are two schools in the SEC that have stronger resumes than the Buckeyes. The Aggies from Texas A&M are 7-1 and ranked number five overall. Their only loss is to the number one team in the country, the Alabama Crimson Tide. They have huge wins over number six Florida, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Then you look at the Florida Gators who have only lost to Texas A&M. They have a chance to beat Alabama on the 19th in the SEC Championship. If they obtain a win over Alabama, they’ll pass the eye test. They have wins over ranked teams such as Missouri and Georgia.
I would have no issue if either of these teams slipped into the fourth spot for the playoff over the Ohio State Buckeyes because they have played a tougher schedule in the most competitive conference in the nation. The Aggies have also played eight games and the Gators have played nine. The Buckeyes have played five games against four teams who have competed like JV teams this season.
Overall, I hope that the College Football Playoff Committee makes the right choice and will keep the Ohio State Buckeyes out of contention for a National Title because of their weak schedule and having only played five games.