The Big Ten won its first national championship in 13 years last season, which means Big Ten Network analyst Stanley Jackson was able to display just a little bit of Big Ten pride when presenting his College Football Playoff bracket. SEC fans better sit down and take some Pepto Bismol before taking a gander at Jackson’s selections.
BTN analyst Stanley Jackson's CFP bracket. pic.twitter.com/kLB2qlc8fh
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Jackson’s bracket shockingly consisted of No. 1 Ohio State, No. 6 Michigan State and No. 10 Iowa. All of those teams happen to play in the conference that Jackson happens to cover for a living. Jackson might have tried to squeeze a fourth Big Ten team into his bracket to ensure that a Big Ten team won the conference’s second consecutive national title, but common sense prevailed. It would have been a tough argument, as the next best teams in the Big Ten each have a pair of loses.
The fourth team included in Jackson’s Big Ten bonanza was not an SEC team, either. Instead, Jackson opted for No. 3 Clemson to spoil the Big Ten’s party.
SEC fans may beg to differ. No. 4 LSU is undefeated and could have the Heisman Trophy winner in its backfield. No. 7 Alabama has one loss, but many would argue the Crimson Tide has one of the most talented teams in the country.
Unfortunately, Jackson’s dream scenario likely will not pan out. The Buckeyes and Spartans play each other in three weeks and the winner of that game would likely play the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten championship game. Odds are, only one of those three teams will finish the regular season unscathed. In other words, it would be virtually impossible for three teams from the same conference to qualify for the playoffs.