Win and in: Kirk Herbstreit believes Ohio State is just 60 minutes away from a CFP bid
The latest College Football Playoff Rankings are out and the top four are still the same.
Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, and Ohio State are still the teams that look to get in next week after the conference championship games are over with, barring some big upsets this weekend.
After the rankings were released, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit talked about Ohio State and how the Buckeyes are most likely in with a win against No. 14 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship game:
“If Ohio State was going to drop down because of a number of games, it would have happened last week or this week,” explained Herbstreit. “The reality is what it is with Ohio State and everything that’s gone on. The fact that they are sitting there at 5-0, they are able to play this weekend in Indianapolis against Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern. If they were to win that game and be crowned B1G Champions…they are 60 minutes away. Whether you agree with it or disagree with it, they’re 60 minutes away from making it to the Playoff.”
Originally, the Buckeyes weren’t going to be eligible to play on Saturday due to not playing six games this season but the B1G voted to put them in and remove the six-game minimum.
Herbstreit also said after that if this were Alabama or Clemson at 5-0 with a limited schedule, they’d be facing the exact same circumstances and have a legit shot at getting in the Playoff. It may be a double standard by the Committee, but it’s a double standard that would benefit other traditional powers as well.
Kickoff for the B1G Championship between Ohio State and Northwestern will be at Noon ET this Saturday on FOX.