Dec. 19, 2016
Why Michigan and Ohio State SHOULDN'T Go To the Playoffs
Well, it's official. Penn State is going to the Big Ten title game vs Wisconsin in Indianapolis. If you're a Michigan or Ohio State fan, you might not like what I have to say. Still reading on? Ok, you've been warned.
Sorry Wolverine and Buckeye fans, but your teams shouldn't go to the College Football Playoffs. Each team has their own reasons, but the fact that both of them won't be in the conference championship game is a good start. The committee strongly figures in conference champions, and while the SEC, ACC, and Pac-12 have perennial champions set, the Big 10 is now in chaos because of what happened.
If you were to tell me that both teams wouldn't make it at the beginning of the season, I would've laughed at you and possibly called you drunk. But yet here we are. And here's my reasons why they shouldn't make it.
First off, a 2 loss team is eliminated right then and there. Don't believe me? Ask Oklahoma, Colorado, and Oklahoma State. Good teams, but eliminated because of two losses. Michigan's losses were against Ohio State in a double overtime thriller, and an upset at Iowa by a field goal. When you look at their schedule, the only good teams they played were Wisconsin (undefeated at time of game), Colorado (terrible at time of game), and Ohio State (we know how they were). Their strength of schedule was atrocious. The only reason they were ranked as high as they were was because they were undefeated. That simple. That tells me that Michigan is a team that has the players, but would probably lose a big game against Alabama or Clemson on neutral field.
Yes, the Buckeyes have been in the top 5 all season long and they have an 11-1 record. But they lost to Penn State, and because of that loss, we have the chaos we're in now. Their strength of schedule was impressive, taking on a tough Oklahoma team in Norman and winning that game, and beating conference opponents Wisconsin (in overtime) and Nebraska (62-3....). But because they're not in the conference title game, it doesn't do them any good and won't help their case.
If the College Football Playoff committee actually puts either team in the playoffs at the end of the season, I will be in complete shock and confused. I know that anything can happen with Championship Saturday being next week, but the committee has to be meeting and trying to determine what's going to happen.