The Wolverines have dropped two of three SU and ATS, and they are just 4-8 SU in their past 12 postseason games, according to the OddsShark College Football Database.
It could easily be a rematch of last year's title game when Alabama beat Clemson. By including Washington and leaving Penn State out the committee stated emphatically that there is no penalty for weak non-conference scheduling.
The Oklahoma omission was expected. The field was slightly more open in 2016, but really only one extra team entered the fray. So there are no arguments here nor, I doubt, in Norman, Okla. Penn State leads the country with 4.87 goals per game, followed by Ohio State in second with 4.53.
The third-year head coach has earned Big Ten Coach of the Year from the Associated Press and the conference's media. On the other side, Here's what Ohio State needs to do to win the game.
Alabama has played Washington four times previously, twice in bowls and not since 1986. Oho State did not. That eight-team field would extend the playoffs by just one week and remove a little bit of the guess work on which teams are in and which are out. So with that in mind if Ohio State's offense doesn't show up Clemson wins the game, Bottom Line. Don't be surprised if we are talking about Penn State competing for a Big-10 championship and a Possible National Championship Next season.
Alabama remains atop the CFP rankings following their 31-3 win over Chattanooga. The Badgers shut down the Nittany Lions' running game and brought constant pressure to quarterback Trace McSorley.
All of the Power-5 conference teams with one loss are ranked ahead of all the teams with two losses and most of the teams with two losses are ranked ahead of the teams with three losses.
I would have gone with Big Ten champion Penn State (11-2) over Pac-12 champion Washington for the No. 4 spot, but have no issue with how the 12-person selection committee came to its final determination.
But going head-to-head, Ohio State lost to Penn State, Ohio State's only loss. The Buckeyes post at +500, Clemson at +575, and Washington is the underdog at +1200. The only other meeting between these two teams was back in 1923, the first game played at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
Ohio State's only loss of the season came at Penn State in a close-fought game.
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This year, both programs have risen from the ashes of their respective seasons to reclaim their status as elite college gridiron institutions.
But that's what happens when you have five power conferences and only four slots.
The list goes on and on into the past of how much the College Football Playoff has changed throughout the years. "That's what the Big 12 has been missing. I'm anxious about winning this game against Clemson and making sure we get everybody on the same page, go out there and play our best".
Now that the score is tied, some will say that Penn State lost to Pitt and MI.
So the question is, should the Playoff be expanded to eight teams?
"Nobody expected this team to be this good this soon", said Ike Reynolds of Reynolds Travel". I'm tempted to say Penn State should be the fourth team in the playoffs instead of the Huskies.
The problem I have with those four selections is the process itself.
Two wild card spots will be heavily fought for, plus every team in every conference will now have drive to win its championship. That's your ticket to January. This is all true, but Penn State won the football game. But five of the Nittany Lions' past six wins were to teams at.500 or under. Don't tell us conference championships matter.
Colorado got blown out by the Huskies in the conference championship game. Then you don't have to try to explain the inexplicable.
For the first time since the four-team playoff was instituted beginning in 2014, a team got in without winning its division or conference championship. With no official criteria, that should be easy.