The Ohio State Buckeyes have been a mainstay during the first seven years of the College Football Playoff, qualifying each of the last two years after winning the Big Ten championship game and having an unblemished record for the selection committee to consider.
While it's difficult to get into the CFP with one loss, it's not impossible. Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech in 2014, but qualified for the inaugural playoff after pounding Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten championship game. Of course, the Buckeyes went on to win the whole thing that season. Ohio State also got into the 2017 playoff after losing to Penn State during the 2016 season. This time a bit more controversially, the Scarlet and Gray got in the tournament and were promptly eliminated by Clemson, 31-0.
Hoping to make a fifth appearance in eight years, Ohio State would have to once again get in this time with a loss on its resume. The question of weighing "good losses" vs. "bad wins" is always at the forefront of this conversation.
So with a good Oregon team losing to a not-so-good Stanford team last weekend, how does that impact Ohio State's CFP resume? ESPN's playoff prediction tool says it's not relevant and if the Buckeyes win out, they're a virtual certainty to get in. Here are my thoughts:
For more, check out the entire podcast we did on some of the national top ten teams falling last week and how that was impacting Ohio State's playoff hopes.
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