The Big 12 commissioner thinks that Ohio State shouldn’t be in the College Football Playoff.
While Ohio State’s status as an unbeaten team and expected Big Ten conference champions should be enough to guarantee them a spot in the College Football playoff in most seasons, the low number of games played, due to both the Big Ten schedule and COVID-19 issues, has programs like two-loss Iowa State wondering if they will end up getting into the playoff. The Big 12 themselves took a shot at the Buckeyes and their paltry schedule.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby pointed out that the Cyclones have overcome their poor start and win six straight games, the exact same amount as Ohio State has won all season long. Yes, Iowa State is on a 6-0 run, but Bowlsby seems to be forgetting how their season started.
Ohio State might not have as many games played, but their resume is better than Iowa State’s
What Bowlsby cleverly left out of this salvo was the fact that Cyclones already lost twice, including a comprehensive beatdown at the hands of Billy Napier and Louisiana. Winning the Big 12 in 2020, when the conference is as weak as it has ever been, isn’t as big of an achievement as Bowlsby and the Cyclones would want you to believe.
While Matt Campbell and the Cyclones have responded well after slipping early, the Buckeyes have trounced the rest of the Big Ten, and that dominance will likely be enough to get them into the final four despite Bowlsby’s contentions.
If the committee buys into this line of logic, Ryan Day, Justin Fields and the Buckeyes will have a completely legit beef, as they were nothing short of dominant in the regular season.