If the season ended after one Week 1, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes two Big Ten programs would qualify for the College Football Playoff:
He ranked Ohio State second and Penn State fourth in his list of top four teams, which he tweeted Tuesday.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 5, 2017
Herbstreit has been high on both Big Ten squads leading up to this season. In January, he said the Nittany Lions are ‘absolutely’ a national championship contender.
Then, right before the start of the season, Herbstreit picked Ohio State to win it all.
While Alabama made headlines by drubbing Florida State, 24-7, on Saturday night, Ohio State and Penn State took care of business. The Buckeyes overcame a lethargic start to defeat Indiana, 49-21, while Penn State shut out Akron.
The two Big Ten powerhouses will meet on Oct. 28 in Columbus, Ohio.