By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Wednesday, November 2 – 6:00 AM
OSU SITTING PRETTY AT NO. 6 IN FIRST PLAYOFF RANKING: If Ohio State wins out, they are in poll position to be in the college football playoff. That was the message the first rankings sent loud and clear Tuesday with the Buckeyes sitting pretty at No. 6. See the full rankings here. YOU ARE WHO YOUR SCHEDULE SAYS YOU ARE: The committee, only in its third year, has consistently shown a preference for teams that have won their conference championship and have a strong strength of schedule. Because the conference champion variable won’t be decided until later in the year, the first poll broadly reflected teams who have played a tough schedule and won their games, read my take here. This favors deeper conferences (SEC and BIG 10) and hurts weaker ones (PAC 12 and Big 12). The committee recognized that the Big 10 is loaded, ranking four teams in the top 10: No. 3 That School Up North, No. 6 OSU, No. 8 Wisconsin, and No. 10 Nebraska. Should Ohio State win out and claim the conference championship, it would have one of the strongest resumes in the country with as many as 5 victories against teams currently ranked in the top 15. That would be more than enough to put the Buckeyes in the playoff.
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