This has not been a typical college football season and it has had an impact on every facet on the sport. The College Football Playoff rankings are all over the place and there is a lot of argument over Ohio State being ranked number four despite playing just five games.
While the Buckeyes are more than likely tired of hearing about the frustration that their team is in the top four, they did receive some good news from their own conference this week. The Big 10 lifted a rule that said one of their teams must play a minimum of six games to play in the Conference Championship. This decision came after the Michigan vs Ohio State rivalry game scheduled for this weekend was cancelled due to coronavirus complications.
Ohio State Announcment
After the announcement, it set off some upset responses by other teams in the Big 10 that probably shouldn’t be complaining. Fans of other teams of course complained that there was unfair treatment towards Ohio State. These fans clearly don’t realize that this is the way the world works and if they thought about it for a second, this is good news for whatever school they root for in the Big 10.
One team that was disappointed by the decision but ultimately understood it was Indiana. The Hoosiers had their best season since the 1960’s and lost to the Buckeyes by just a touchdown a few weeks ago. Had this ruling not been changed, they would have found themselves in the Big 10 Championship Game taking on the Northwestern Wildcats, but they get the bigger picture here.
If Ohio State wasn’t allowed to play in this conference championship game, it is likely that they would not be in the College Football Playoff. That is not just bad for Ohio State but it is bad for the whole conference. A team from your conference playing in a game like that boosts finances, recruiting, national spotlight and so much more. Every Big 10 school should be rooting for Ohio State to play on that stage. Indiana and their Athletic Director Scott Dolson clearly get that.
“Although we understand the conference’s decision, we are disappointed. From the start of the year, we have said we can only control what we can control. We had a chance to earn our spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, but ultimately fell a touchdown short on the road against a great Ohio State team.”
While I may not entirely agree that this program should be in the CFP with just five wins, if they can get a quality win in a conference championship game against a ranked opponent like Northwestern then I am all for it. Justin Fields and Ohio State would have dazzled this season if they were given a full slate and this seems like the best move for not only the Big 10 but also for College Football. In a season that has been full of exceptions, rules changes, and firsts, this was the move that makes the playoff more competitive.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com