ESPN analyst Greg McElroy rips Ohio State's CFP portfolio for 'not putting themselves at risk' as much as other teams
Greg McElroy is not a fan of what Ohio State has done in 2020.
The ESPN analyst and former quarterback at Alabama made an appearance during Thursday’s Paul Finebaum Show to discuss the resume of some of the contenders for the College Football Playoff.
Among other things, McElroy particularly hammered at Ohio State and the reduced schedule played by the Buckeyes. While McElroy knows playing just five games was out of their hands, he does not see why the Buckeyes are being rewarded as opposed to being punished:
“For instance, I have the utmost respect for Ohio State and it’s not their fault that the B1G decided to shut down things at the beginning of August. As a result, they’ve played only five games,” said McElroy. “They’ll play their sixth game on Saturday. But they should be penalized for not putting themselves at risk as many times as other teams.”
To further drive home his point, McElroy brought up the Cincinnati Bearcats, a team he believes would fare favorably against Ohio State’s schedule:
“The team that’s not getting enough love, and I think Mike Aresco is 100% onto something is the Cincinnati Bearcats,” said McElroy, referencing Aresco’s scathing remarks about the Committee from Wednesday. “It’s a team, Paul, that has dominated every team on their schedule, and I think, frankly, if they played Ohio State’s schedule they’d probably be undefeated as well…we are not sitting here and rewarding teams for what they’ve actually accomplished, we’re rewarding them for what we think they are.”
Here’s the full segment:
“We’re not rewarding teams for what they’ve actually accomplished, we’re rewarding teams for what we think they are.” -Greg McElroy weighs in on Ohio State vs. Clemson vs. Cincinnati for the #CFBPlayoff pic.twitter.com/8ag2UD4TOK
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) December 17, 2020
Despite McElroy’s feelings, it sure looks like Ohio State is on the cusp of a Playoff berth if the Buckeyes win on Saturday. Kickoff in the B1G Championship against Northwestern is set for 12 pm EST on FOX.