Eddie George: I don't think Ohio State gets into playoff without B1G title
There uncertainties aplenty heading into Saturday.
We don’t know what the College Football Playoff selection committee will do with the B1G. With three contenders alive in the B1G East, the division is still up for grabs, which means a playoff spot could be up for grabs. That might not even be solved at the conclusion of Saturday’s Michigan-Ohio State s.
Ohio State can obviously beat Michigan and not go to the B1G Championship if Penn State beats Michigan State.
The question many Buckeye fans have — without control of their own divisional destiny — is whether or not OSU can become the first non-conference champion to make the College Football Playoff.
Former Buckeye Eddie George isn’t very confident.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t think they’re going to be voted into the four-team playoff if they don’t win their conference,” George said Tuesday on the Rich Eisen Show. “That’s just my personal opinion. I don’t think it’s gonna happen.”
Ohio State does boast road wins against two top-10 teams in Oklahoma and Wisconsin, and would potentially add a third if it beats Michigan.
But if Alabama and Clemson run the table, there could only be two spots for one-loss Ohio State, a non-Michigan B1G champ and one-loss Washington.
George doesn’t believe the system will do the Buckeyes any favors.
“It’s a tough, tough position to be in because (the selection committee) said that they’re putting a lot of weight on winning your conference,” George said. “Listen, Ohio State is clearly one of the four best teams in the country, if not the best two. But the way that the format is, the way that they’re doing this, it calls for controversy.
“It’s an argument that you should expand the playoff system, whether you add two more teams or you have a total with eight with all five conference champions and three at-large…they may have to change things up in the future to appease everybody in the situation.”
Certainly that take won’t appease Ohio State fans.