FOX analyst Joel Klatt explains how B1G has been Ohio State's biggest hurdle to Playoff berth
While some college football fans are criticizing the Big Ten for potentially clearing the way for Ohio State make the Big Ten title game with a 5-0 record, Joel Klatt is going the other way.
On Wednesday, Klatt went on Colin Cowherd’s show to explain how the Big Ten has “done no favors” to the Buckeyes throughout this season.
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His argument dates back to the Big Ten’s decision to cancel the season back in August. When the league decided to resume the year, it was too late to build in open dates and alternatives in the event of cancelations.
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“The Big Ten has done no favors to Ohio State,” Klatt said on The Herd. “First and foremost, Ohio State was fighting with them to just be patient at the beginning. Don’t do anything rash like cancel the season and they did it anyway.
“When you go later, no you have no wiggle room. In terms of Big Ten teams, Ohio State is the only team that lost two games, not on the scoreboard, that were canceled due to other teams issues.”
Klatt is correct. The Buckeyes missed games vs. Maryland and Michigan due to a COVID-19 outbreak with the Terps and Wolverines.
Klatt also said he thinks Ohio State will need to play another game somehow in order to make the College Football Playoff. As it stands right now, OSU’s best case scenario is to be 6-0 while teams from the ACC and SEC will have won 10+ contests.
He outlined a nightmare scenario for Ohio State fans that could come to fruition.
“I still think they need games, maybe one more,” Klatt said. “The one thing though and Ohio State fans are not going to like this, if you get a scenario, although unlikely, Florida beats Alabama and Clemson beats Notre Dame and you’re sitting at five or six games.
“They could get passed.”