Kirk Herbstreit sees a way for both Ohio State and Michigan to make the College Football Playoff.

The Game will decide the Big Ten East. The winner can secure a CFP spot by going on to win the B1G Championship Game. The loser will presumably fall out of the top 4 and need some help on conference championship weekend.

During Tuesday’s CFP Top 25 reveal on ESPN, Herbstreit said that if both LSU and USC pick up losses, the loser of The Game could be No. 4. Heading into Saturday, it’s No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 TCU, No. 5 LSU and No. 6 USC.

“If (LSU) were to win the SEC Championship, that would put them in. The loser of the Ohio State-Michigan game is rooting for Georgia to win and knock LSU out,” Herbstreit said on Tuesday night’s show. “I think the other thing that stands out is what happens to USC, because you’re potentially setting up, with Ohio State and Michigan playing each other, you start to look down, if everything works out the way it should, which rarely it does, but if Georgia beats LSU, now you’ve got USC and Notre Dame and a Pac-12 championship.

“If USC were to stumble, that’s where things would get really interesting,” Herbstreit continued. “With the loser of the Ohio State-Michigan game, who is the discussion with… You are looking at a potential of getting both Ohio State and Michigan in if you get a couple losses there at 5 and 6. …”

If No. 8 Clemson wins on Saturday against South Carolina and in the ACC Championship Game the following week, there will be a lively debate over which 1-loss team belongs. Herbstreit clearly favors a 1-loss Ohio State or Michigan.