The B1G hasn’t had the best run with the College Football Playoff recently. Despite Ohio State winning the inaugural title in the four-team format, the conference has missed the call the last two seasons and the B1G champion has been omitted the last three years.
Those numbers, alone, are pretty ugly. But there’s another ugly factor in terms of the College Football Playoff rankings.
College football statistician and BTN contributor Cody Kellner compiled a list of the 11 teams who have yet to be ranked in the College Football Playoff poll. Nearly half of the schools were from the B1G.
Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Purdue and Rutgers have yet to be ranked in the College Football Playoff poll, giving the B1G the highest number of any conference. The Pac-12 has two (Cal and Oregon State), the Big 12 has two (Kansas and Texas Tech) and the ACC (Wake Forest) and SEC (Vanderbilt) each have one.
Here are the only 11 Power Five schools that have not yet appeared in the College Football Playoff rankings.
— Cody Kellner, PhD (@cody_kellner) August 13, 2019
Which team has the best chance to break that trend this season, and drop the B1G’s number?