Clay Travis doesn’t think much of Ohio State’s Big Ten title.
On Saturday night, the Outkick The Coverage analyst broke down why the fact that the Buckeyes earned a Big Ten title shouldn’t place Ohio State over Alabama in the debate for the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff. Travis mentioned the situation last year when the Buckeyes reached the College Football Playoff instead of Big Ten champion Penn State.
Check out part of his column:
But Alabama didn’t even win its own division or its conference!
Good luck trying this argument, Ohio State fans. Last year you argued the committee should take the better team in this exact same situation.
And the committee agreed with you.
Passing over a two loss Penn State team WITH A HEAD TO HEAD WIN over your Buckeyes. The committee neglected to take the team that won Ohio State’s division and Ohio State’s conference, 11-2 Penn State, in favor of 11-1 Ohio State.
Why did the committee do that? Because they believed 11-1 Ohio State was better than a two-loss conference champion, that, may I remind you, had beaten Ohio State head to head. What was one of the reasons the committee cited? Penn State’s getting blown out in a road conference game. Last year 11-2 Big Ten champ Penn State lost 49-10 to a top 10 Michigan team and the committee considered that to be a disqualifying loss. So suddenly this year 11-2 Ohio State lost by 31 to a mediocre 7-5 Iowa team and suddenly it isn’t a disqualifying loss?
The same logic should apply this year as applied last year.
Travis makes a solid point here. The committee set a precedent by allowing Ohio State into the College Football Playoff without the Buckeyes winning their own division. Yes, Alabama didn’t win the SEC West this season, but the Crimson Tide were considered one of the country’s strongest teams throughout much of the fall.
Soon, the debate will be settled, with the official announcement coming Sunday afternoon. But Travis’ words are food for thought, for sure.