CFP Committee Chair Gary Barta discusses importance of MSU game, potential B1G Championship for Ohio State's chances
After the latest College Football Playoff Rankings came out Tuesday evening, CFP Committee Chair Gary Barta discussed numerous topics on ESPN, mainly about Ohio State going forward.
When Barta was asked about the importance of the Buckeyes showing in their latest game against Michigan State, he admitted it was crucial that Ohio State was able to return to action:
“We’ve talked about it from day one that the number of games was going to be critical,” said Barta. “We were able to watch another game that Ohio State plays and that was important. Justin Fields scores two running and passing and Olave gets involved. So it was important the Committee see another game by Ohio State and they performed well.”
After that, Barta talked about the very real possibility of the Buckeyes not playing in the Big Ten Championship game:
“Conference championships are one criterion we use and that will certainly be considered but of course we consider the entire body of work, and we look at the teams they’ve played head-to-head. So it’s one important piece but it’s not the only piece,” explained Barta.
Finally, he was asked about what should happen to the Buckeyes in the B1G and whether or not Barta believes the conference should make an exception for Ohio State not reaching six games. He did not bite on the question:
“I’m not going to project what might happen and just wait and see,” explained Barta.
As Barta says, we truly will have to wait and see if Ohio State gets into the B1G Championship Game and, eventually, the CFP.