The path to the College Football Playoff for Ohio State isn’t very complicated in the eyes of ESPN college football analyst Heather Dinich. If the Buckeyes — and 3 other highly ranked teams — win out over the next 2 weeks, the field of 4 will be obvious, Dinich says.
Ohio State heads to Michigan on Saturday as a 13-point favorite and then will take on No. 5 Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Dec. 2. A pair of wins would make the Buckeyes 11-2 and Big Ten champions — an appetizing combination for the College Football Playoff selection committee.
And Dinich says if Alabama, Miami and Oklahoma also win out and win their respective conferences, the choice as Ohio State as the fourth playoff team would be an easy one.
“Who’s No. 4? You’re down to a 2-loss Ohio State and a 2-loss Pac-12 champion,” Dinich said. “In that scenario, with Alabama winning, it knocks out the possibility of a second team from the SEC, with Miami winning, it knocks out the possibility of a second team from the ACC. Oklahoma is in with one loss as a Big 12 champ. Where do you go? You go Buckeyes.”
Dinich’s full breakdown of this possibility can be found here, and even Paul Finebaum didn’t argue with Dinich’s logic.
In this scenario, the Buckeyes — currently No. 9 in the College Football Playoff rankings — would jump past Clemson, Wisconsin, Georgia and Notre Dame.