All the hard work Ohio State has put in all year, even in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, has been focused toward the goal of competing for trophies.
Now, even though the Buckeyes haven’t lost a game this season, they need some luck and / or the mercy of a committee to ensure those opportunities.
Because Ohio State has now canceled two games this season, the Buckeyes will be ineligible to play in the Big Ten Championship game if their last two regular season games are not played. Given that Ohio State has stopped all football team activities for the time being, and other Big Ten teams (Wisconsin and Maryland) have had to halt the team’s activities and make many games disappear, next week The game against Michigan State looks like it could happen. Even in danger.
Unless the average number of games played across the Big Ten is reduced to six – and so far, the average number of games is still above seven – a Big Ten East berth in a conference title game will go to another team If Ohio State plays less than six regular-season games, even if it completes the regular season as the only unbeaten team in the East.
Ohio State will still be eligible to play an additional game during the Big Ten Championship Game weekend, as the Big Ten plans for all 14 teams to play that weekend – and that could mean a matchup with Wisconsin, Given that the Badgers are now ineligible for a berth of the conference championship game after canceling three matches – but that would give the Buckeyes a chance to defend their conference title for the fourth straight year.
Of course, Ohio State’s ultimate goal for the 2020 season is not to win another Big Ten championship, but to win a national championship. That goal can still be on the table, even if the Buckeyes don’t get to compete for a conference title. But now that Ohio State is set to play only a maximum of seven games this season, the question of whether it would be enough to make the College Football Playoff to win all of its games is becoming real.
The College Football Playoff has not set a minimum game for a team to qualify for this year’s playoff, so this is good news for Ohio State. And the selection committee has said that its goal is to pick the four best teams in college football, no matter how many games they play. But this does not mean that it will still not be a factor.
Gary Barta, chairman of the selection committee, said that after this year’s initial CFP rankings were not disclosed, “there may be a number of games where it impacts, but we have not identified an absolute number.” , On which we shall rest. ” Tuesday. “We want to pick the top 25 teams based on their ability and based on the way they are playing and certainly the number of games we can see are going to play at least some factor.”
Until Ohio State does not lose a game, many will see it as one of college football’s most championship-caliber teams, and that’s why they finished fourth in the starting CFP rankings, even though they only played four Be the game this season. But will a 4–0 record be enough to keep Ohio State in the top four for another week, or another two weeks if there is no Michigan State game? If not, would a 6–0 record with a win over Michigan and whoever played Ohio State their last Big Ten game be enough to get the Buckeyes back?
Given that the events of this college football season are completely unprecedented, one can only speculate as to how the selection committee will treat Ohio State’s lack of played game, but it does not help the Buckeyes cause That Indiana is still the only team Buckeyes have played with a winning record. It also doesn’t help that Buckeye could potentially miss an opportunity to play Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship game – especially if Northwestern wins, as it may be difficult for the committee to select Ohio State to Select at Northwestern. The Wildcats are undefeated, play more games and win the conference title.
All of this is beyond the control of the state of Ohio, so all the rests can do now is try as hard as possible to avoid future COVID-19 outbreaks – which, quite frankly, are also beyond their control. – And then focus on playing. They are still able to play in the game as much as possible. Winning is certainly Ohio State’s only path to the playoffs now, and it may need to win the rest of its games impressively, so the Buckeyes (who will be shorthanded for at least the rest of the regular season, because all Players who tested positive this week. Will be sidelined for 21 days) will have to come back whenever there is any chance of winning the championship this year to resume team activities.
The Buckeyes would have no hard shot to swallow, though, from losing their chance to compete for the championship due to something other than a defeat on the field.
Ohio State had already faced that prospect in August when the Big Ten decided to postpone the football season – a decision that is one of the reasons the Buckeyes are in the position right now because they were left without an end in October A mess room was left with rescheduled games that could not be played. Now, instead of the Big Ten presidents and vice-chancellors, their chances of competing for a championship are in the hands of a 13-man selection committee, and they have to expect whatever they are capable of doing on the field, and their A reputation as one of the best teams in the country would be enough to give them that chance, even if their opportunities to prove themselves were quickly running out.