ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard has questioned the validity of Ohio State as a “solid No. 2” team for a while.
And after convincing semifinal wins from Alabama and Clemson on Saturday, Howard seemed to have some thoughts on both Washington and the Buckeyes:
Always good to see that the CFP selection committee picked the 4 best teams.
— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) January 1, 2017
All the talk after Clemson’s 31-0 beatdown of Ohio State has been centered on whether or not the Buckeyes actually deserved to be in the playoff, especially with Big Ten champion Penn State on the outside looking in.
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) January 1, 2017
Howard previously criticized the playoff committee for ranking Ohio State at No. 2 instead of Clemson, which made it harder for a team like Penn State to slide into the top four in the final week of the season. In early December, Howard said his alma mater, Michigan, should be in the playoffs, ahead of both Ohio State and Penn State. The Wolverines lost their bowl game, too, to Florida State in the Orange Bowl, on Friday.
Prior to an 11-year NFL career with five different teams, Howard played wide receiver for Michigan from 1989-1991, winning the Heisman Trophy during his last year with the Wolverines. He is currently an analyst on ESPN’s “College GameDay.”