Ohio State was the lone Big Ten representative in the 2017 College Football Playoff, but coach Urban Meyer believes another conference foe was also deserving.
On Thursday, Meyer told ESPN’s Chris Low that Penn State ‘absolutely’ belonged on college football’s biggest stage.
Meyer: Penn State belonged in College Football Playoff
Urban Meyer told me he understands Penn State's frustration from a year ago. "Should they have belonged in that playoff? Absolutely."
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) August 18, 2017
Penn State (11-3, 8-1 Big Ten) was left out of the CFP despite winning its conference championship. The Nittany Lions also defeated Ohio State (11-2), which finished the regular season No. 3 overall before losing to Clemson in the CFP semifinals.
CFP chair Kirby Hocutt said the committee valued those accomplishments. Penn State, he said, made a compelling case for inclusion. But the committee couldn’t look past Penn State’s two losses, including a 49-10 shellacking at the hands of Michigan. As a result, they chose Washington over coach James Franklin’s team for the fourth and final spot.
The Nittany Lions initially voiced their frustration about the decision, but they’ve since turned their attention to a possible CFP run this season. The Nittany Lions begin the season sixth in the USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll, three spots ahead of the Wolverines. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2.
So, should Penn State make the CFP in 2018, it’ll likely have to go through Meyer and the Buckeyes.