How The Buckeyes Get Into The College Football Playoff

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For the Buckeyes, it adds up to twin realities: three games in their hands, three games out of their hands. 


COLUMBUS, OH. Saturday was an important day for Ohio State’s postseason hopes. The #13 (CFP) Buckeyes dismantled #12 Michigan State, 48-3.

While OSU doesn’t control its own destiny, a playoff spot certainly isn’t impossible.

But there was more to Saturday than what OSU did on the field. The Buckeyes’ postseason chances increased substantially via upsets. Both #1 Georgia and #3 Notre Dame lost in routs.

Now the future path is clear.

The first step is for OSU to get three more wins: at home against Illinois, on the road against archrival Michigan, and in the B1G championship game (likely) against #8 (CFP) Wisconsin Badgers.

Impressive wins in all three games would make a statement about where Ohio State is as a football program after that devastating (and unexpected) loss at Iowa.

Buckeye fans will need to cheer for the Hurricanes and the Crimson Tide.

But even with three impressive wins, the Buckeyes will need help in three games that loom large:

–The Iron Bowl, Alabama at Auburn, November 25
–The Iron Bowl winner vs. Georgia, SEC Championship, December 2
–Clemson vs Miami, ACC Championship, December 2.

If Auburn wins The Iron Bowl, then the War Eagles will face Georgia in the SEC Championship. The winner of that game is virtually guaranteed a spot in the CFP.

A one-loss Alabama team would also likely get into the Playoff–regardless of the SEC championship outcome.

If Georgia wins against Alabama, both teams could conceivably get into the 4-team field.

A similar situation could occur if Clemson beats Miami in a competitive ACC championship contest. Continued success for Oklahoma also works for the Buckeyes. The Sooners appear playoff-bound behind Heisman front-runner, Baker Mayfield.

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The important thing to remember is this. If Ohio State, Alabama, and Miami all win out, the CFP will likely include either a two-loss team or a one-loss Wisconsin team. And if Alabama and Miami end up as undefeated conference champs, those outcomes will result in two, two-loss teams–Georgia and Clemson–and a three-loss Auburn team.

Assuming that the Big 12 champ is in as the #3 Playoff entry, a two-loss B1G champion in the #4 spot is certainly not out of the question.

For OSU, it adds up to twin realities: three games in their hands, three games out of their hands.

At least the Buckeyes have a shot.

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