Paul Finebaum and Heather Dinich made the rounds on ESPN’s Get Up Wednesday morning to share some outlook for the College Football Playoff. Included in their discussions was a debate about the outcome of The Game between Ohio State and Michigan.

In that discussion, Finebaum was asked if the loser of the Rivalry Weekend matchup between the Buckeyes and Wolverines is eliminated from the Playoff entirely.

According to Finebaum, Michigan will be done with a loss but Ohio State could have a slim outlook for the CFP with a loss to the Wolverines.


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“I don’t think so if it’s Ohio State,” said Finebaum while addressing the impact of a potential loss. “I think they’re hurt badly — and I mean badly — because they would be losing at home. However, they have a better nonconference schedule. Michigan to me is gone (with a loss) and Ohio State is hanging on with a thread and what they’ll need is some carnage. We’re talking about TCU losing, USC losing because Tennessee is not going to lose the rest of the way.”

Dinich echoed a similar sentiment, saying Ohio State would be alive “by a hair” but needing help.

“He’s right, by a hair because Ohio State needs some help if that (loss to Michigan) were to happen,” Dinich said.