Path To The 2018 College Football Playoff: Ohio State Buckeyes
What is Ohio State’s path to the 2018 College Football Playoff? What are the different ways the Buckeyes can get in?
Path To The Playoff: Ohio State
What’s The Easiest Path?
The Buckeyes took the biggest step last weak in the final moments against Penn State.
They’re not totally home free at this point, and they don’t have total control of their own destiny – more on that in a moment – but realistically, they should be able to get in by winning out.
Win at Iowa, beat Michigan State, beat Illinois, win at Michigan, get past – most likely – Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship, and at 12-1, it’s almost a forgone conclusion that they’ll be in.
But it’s not a lock …
But, What Happens If …
Oklahoma wins the Big 12 championship?
And what happens if the SEC champion is undefeated, and if Miami goes 13-0 winning the ACC title, and/or if the SEC championship loser is 12-1, and if Notre Dame is 11-1.
Ohio State would still probably get in at 12-1 with a B1G championship – Notre Dame or the SEC loser would be in the debate – but it would be a hard sell. The Buckeyes caught a nice break in 2014 and made the most of it, and was done an even bigger solid last year.
Again, OSU is probably in at 12-1. There would be a debate, though.
The Realistic Worst Case Scenario
Ohio State loses at Michigan. If there’s any loss the rest of the way, the College Football Playoff dream is over, but to blow it in Ann Arbor would be the biggest nightmare.
Losing at Iowa would be a whiff, and Michigan State could go all Michigan State in Columbus, and either one would be painful. But to make the Michigan season?
That’s the worst scenario, but it’s not a lock that Ohio State beats Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. That would hurt, but losing to the Badgers isn’t like losing to That Team Up North.
Okay, What’s Going To Happen?
Ohio State will win out. It’s not going to be easy, and getting by the Spartans, Wolverines and Badgers would be impossible for almost everyone else, but this team is more than good enough to do it.
The call? Ohio State earns the No. 2 spot behind the SEC champion, goes to the Rose Bowl, and gets by the SEC championship loser to play for the national championship.