Michigan’s 78-0 destruction of Rutgers seems to be convincing more people: Ohio State isn’t the obvious favorite for the College Football Playoff.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy updated their bowl predictions following Sunday’s Georgia-South Carolina game. As they see it, only one Big Ten team will end up in the CFP. Schlabach has Michigan; McMurphy is going with Ohio State. Each then has the other team in the Rose Bowl. Schlabach previously had two Big Ten teams in the CFP, but now he’s down to one.
The split thoughts on the Big Ten’s CFP representative is a big difference from how they see the rest of the CFP. Both had Clemson from the ACC, the Pac-12’s Washington and the SEC’s Alabama as conference champions in the semifinal field.
Yes, the Nov. 26 Ohio State-Michigan game is going to be very dramatic.
Here are Schlabach’s and McMurphy’s bowl predictions for the Big Ten. They have 11 teams playing this postseason:
Ohio State: Rose Bowl vs. Utah/CFP vs. Clemson (McMurphy)
Michigan: CFP vs. Clemson/Rose Bowl vs. Washington State
Wisconsin: Citrus Bowl vs. Ole Miss/Orange Bowl vs. Louisville
Nebraska: Outback Bowl vs. LSU/Outback Bowl vs. Florida
Michigan State: Independence Bowl vs. Wake Forest/Quick Lane Bowl vs. Duke
Indiana: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Georgia Tech/Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona State
Minnesota: Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. North Texas/Pinstripe Bowl vs. North Carolina State
Northwestern: Foster Farms Bowl vs. Arizona State/Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Louisiana Tech
Penn State: Holiday Bowl vs. Washington State/Foster Farms Bowl vs. USC
Maryland: Pinstripe Bowl vs. Virginia Tech/Music City Bowl vs. Georgia
Iowa: Music City Bowl vs. Arkansas/Citrus Bowl vs. LSU