Penn State coach James Frankin agrees with decision to put Ohio State in B1G title game
Penn State coach James Franklin doesn’t have any issues with the Big Ten repealing its six-game minimum to allow Ohio State in the conference title game.
The Big Ten officially announced that decision on Thursday afternoon, citing that Ohio State (5-0) would have made the title game with a win or a loss vs. Michigan if the game had been played.
“It is the right thing to do to make sure that the best team in the Big Ten is in the Big Ten championship game, on the east side and on the west side, especially if there are things that are outside of their control,” Franklin told reporters on Wednesday.
I asked James Franklin about the Big Ten title game change:
"It is the right thing to do to make sure that the best team in the Big Ten is in the Big Ten championship game, on the east side and on the west side, especially if there are things that are outside of their control."
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) December 9, 2020
Franklin is likely referring to the fact that two of Ohio State’s three canceled games have been due to its opponents not being able to play. OSU is the only team in the conference to miss multiple games due to another team’s COVID-19 outbreak.
If the Big Ten had stuck to its six-game minimum, Indiana would have advanced to the conference title game to represent the Big Ten East.
Indiana AD Scott Dolson released a classy statement yesterday, acknowledging that the Hoosiers had a chance to defeat Ohio State earlier in the year but came up short.
Ohio State will face Northwestern at 12 p.m. ET on Dec. 19 for the Big Ten title.