To some, he’s biased for Ohio State simply because he is a former Buckeyes QB. For others, he’s overly fair for the exact same reason.
Speaking on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kanell show, Herbstreit predicted Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and TCU to make this season’s College Football Playoff.
“I think Ohio State still comes out of the Big Ten. I think J.T. Barrett, despite all their losses [to the NFL], will kind of allow Ohio State to be able to maneuver through their schedule and get there to win a Big Ten Championship,” Herbstreit said on the show.
The former Ohio State QB said he felt “pretty good” about Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State. He then made TCU his fourth team.
Herbstreit did pick Oklahoma to make the playoff a season ago — so there is precedent to him making correct predictions.
Herbstreit isn’t as sold on Michigan as others are, but he said the Wolverines will still win 10 or 11 games — he just thinks they’re still one year away from becoming the team some want them to be. But he said Jim Harbaugh taking over at Michigan is a good thing for the Big Ten.
“That meant Michigan is on their way back to being a perennial power,” Herbstreit said.
We’ll see if Herbstreit changes his mind at all before the season, but this is where his thinking is with the season approaching. For reference, Herbstreit’s four teams are ranked No. 1 (Alabama), No. 2 (Clemson), No. 6 (Ohio State) and No. 13 (TCU) in the first AP Poll of the season.
— Russillo and Kanell (@RussilloKanell) August 22, 2016