Mark May isn’t afraid of angering football fans.
While on ESPN Sunday morning, May probably got to Ohio State fans when he left the Buckeyes out of his Top 4, instead putting in Penn State. The Nittany Lions beat Ohio State in October and on Saturday defeated Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game.
May’s Top 4:
- Penn State
Here’s May on his reasoning at No. 4:
No. 4, you know what? I’m stepping up to the plate. I’m going out of the box: I’m going Penn State. This is the reason why: head-to-head. Yes, they beat Ohio State, they won the division, they won their conference championship.
May said Penn State’s loss to Pitt is a “quality loss” because the Panthers also beat Clemson. He also said the Nittany Lions are one of the hottest teams in the country. Penn State has won nine in a row since a 2-2 start.
The ESPN expert then criticized Ohio State’s recent run, saying the Buckeyes “survived” two overtime games and barely beat Michigan State by one point.
“That’s not a top-4 team to me,” he said.
One of Ohio State’s strongest arguments for inclusion is its road win at Oklahoma by 21 points. But May said that Oklahoma team wasn’t very good at the time.
Even now, May said the Sooners’ defense is questionable.
“When you saw Oklahoma play in September, there would be teams lining up at the front of the stadium to play them. They were atrocious. Since that time, if you look at what they do … they finally picked it up and are playing Oklahoma football.”