In the first two years of the College Football Playoff, the Big Ten sent Ohio State and then Michigan State into the national semifinals. No conference has put two teams into the CFP in one year.
At least, not yet.
According to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, that could change. He has both Michigan and Ohio State in the CFP, with the Wolverines facing Alabama and the Buckeyes playing Florida State. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, meanwhile, predicted Ohio State would be in the CFP, but he did not select a second Big Ten team.
For the Big Ten to get both in, the most likely situation would be an undefeated Ohio State (or Michigan) handing the other its only loss for the season. Remember, back in 2006, there was a push for an Ohio State-Michigan rematch after the two played a thrilling 42-39 game in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown. Of course, there was no playoff, only a national championship game that year. Now there are two more spots to fill.
So, could this happen? While the committee would likely prefer to get a team in from four of the five Power Conferences, if Michigan and Ohio State emerge as dominant teams and play a good game on Nov. 26, it’s something to think about.
Plus, even with two Big Ten teams in the CFP, Schlabach is keeping the Rose Bowl with a Big Ten vs. Pac-12 matchup. He predicts Wisconsin will play Stanford.