Football Four Playoff Projection panel tabs B1G shakeup
The votes are in. And no, they aren’t what you might expect.
The 13-member panel made up of coaches, athletic directors, USA Today Sports experts and other dignitaries that is based on the Playoff selection committee’s model did NOT tab preseason Ohio State as its No. 1 seed for the College Football Playoff.
Instead, they rolled with Michigan State in the top spot. The Spartans, who moved up to No. 2 in the Associated Press rankings on Sunday, were awarded the top seed in the initial projections with 41 points.
Ohio State was slotted at the No. 2 spot with 37 points, and actually got more first-place votes than Michigan State. But MSU got a combined eight second and third-place votes while the Buckeyes had just three.
Here’s a look at how the voting played out:
One voter explained the reasoning for putting the Spartans at No. 1.
“Where’s their weak link?” panelist Jim Ross said of the Spartans in the USA Today story. “This week they’re best team in the Big Ten.”
Michigan State, of course, is the only Big Ten team with a win over a top-10 team this season. Ohio State’s top win of the season came in the season opener at Virginia Tech, but the offense struggled in its two home games against mid-majors.
The only other team to even earn a first-place vote was Notre Dame, which is also undefeated despite losing starting quarterback Malik Zaire to a season-ending ankle injury.
Michigan State did threaten Ohio State’s place atop the AP poll by nabbing seven first-place votes while Ole Miss earned 11 after knocking off Alabama.
The Spartans and Buckeyes do not face off with a ranked team until they’re scheduled to meet on Nov. 21. Just in case you forgot.