Kirk Herbstreit includes 4 B1G teams as contenders for College Football Playoff berth
Kirk Herbstreit seems to think that a handful of B1G teams have a legitimate shot to reach the College Football Playoff at the end of the season after the conference announced it was returning to a fall schedule.
Speaking with Dan Patrick, Herbstreit mentioned four teams that he thought had a legitimate chance to earn a spot in the four-team field. Ohio State is undoubtedly the favorite, with Penn State right on its heels.
“Before all of this, if you and I were just talking, who are the teams to beat, it would have been Ohio State and Clemson,” Herbstreit said. “You’ve got Justin Fields, who you and I have talked about, and Trevor Lawrence, who everybody has talked about. Those would have been the two teams that people would have said would meet in the national championship. With Alabama and Georgia and teams like that of being out there as well. I would throw Penn State, James Franklin has elevated that program where they always have a chance to be competitive in the B1G.”
Then, Herbstreit mentioned a few outside contenders. Those two squads were Michigan and Wisconsin.
“I think Michigan with Jim Harbaugh, I know he gets ridiculed a lot,” Herbstreit said. “For not living up to what the expectations were. But the way they recruit, the athletes they have. They have a different quarterback this year, which will be interesting. … As an outsider, I would always throw Wisconsin, people don’t nationally respect them the way they should, but Wisconsin is always going to be a tough out as well, coming out of the B1G West.”
Ohio State has been the favorite to win the B1G again in 2020, but Penn State has received plenty of love after an 11-2 season last year and a plethora of returning talent. But the Nittany Lions did take a major hit with star linebacker Micah Parsons opting out.
Michigan and Wisconsin both lost a ton from last year’s teams, but have proven to be consistent under Jim Harbaugh and Paul Chryst. And, in a unique and unprecedented season, anything is possible.