The Buckeyes should be rooting for Iowa to win out, and that starts on Saturday night at home against Wisky. The Badgers blew their shot, so eff 'em and Go Hawkeyes! If Iowa wins that, they have another tough one at Minny the next week and their last remaining tough game is at the end of Oct at Penn State. The problem with Iowa is Ferentz can't be counted on. Some years he'll pull a 11-1/12-0 out of nowhere and other years he's losing to Purdue and Illinois. I hope he pulls a 12-0 this time. And the Buckeyes do the same.As much as I hate against the Big Ten and OSU at times they've been easily in the top 2-3 teams I've really got a chance to watch this season. Bama of course looks great but I'm not sure they've really played anyone. Same could be said for OSU until tonight. I'd argue LSU has by far the best resume right now but think they'd need to hold Bama to probably 24 or less points to stand a true chance.
It's still early but it appears the B1G's only playoff chances at this point appear to be Penn St, Iowa and Ohio State simply based on being unbeaten right now. As they fall it's looking like they may be eliminated. If all three fall then they may need the top ranked team to crush in the Big Ten Championship game.
You must be assuming Kansas kept their first teamers in the whole game?I'm not too sure what the point is there. Rutgers is horrible. Instead of trying to win by 70 in a game they led 35-0 at the half, Ohio State opted to instead play a lot of backups in the second half.
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I have no idea what Kansas did, because I wasn't overly interested in the result of a game between what are usually two of the worst power five conference teams.You must be assuming Kansas kept their first teamers in the whole game?
My point is you have to use common opponents as some measure of these teams. It's at least something to consider.
I don’t know that the Big 10 is even second best this year. Compare them top to bottom with the Big XII and I slightly favor the Big XII with TCU, WVU and Oklahoma State being better than the top teams in the Big Ten not named Ohio State.Agreed Bluth. I see it is as a whole conference wise, big separation from SEC to the rest and a decent separation from the Big 10 and the rest. The ACC, PAC, and Big 12 leave much to be desired. However OSU is only outclassed in talent by Alabama IMO. They are clearly a top 5 team and should get into the playoff. Last year I thought the gap was closer between the SEC and big 10, this year as a whole, from top to bottom,the SEC is much the best.
Again...this is just a data point, because there are so few in college football. Ohio STate is going to roll through a very, very soft big ten schedule...again...and we'll have little to judge them on in November.I have no idea what Kansas did, because I wasn't overly interested in the result of a game between what are usually two of the worst power five conference teams.
Ohio State has outscored Rutgers 166-3 the last three years. I don't think pollsters or the playoff committee care if they win by 49 or 70.
Will common opponents be worthy of measure when TCU shows up in Lawrence next month and thrashes Kansas?
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I don't know the big ten has ever been second best. When you have teams like Illnois, Rutgers, Indiana, Purdue, Minnesota, Northwestern, Maryland, then up and down programs like Michigan State, Michigan, and the top is just OSU, Penn State and Wisconsin...that's not saying much. I would love for the Buckeyes for one season, to flip with Alabama and see how things shake out. There are multiple SEC road games that are land mines. Buckeyes have very few tough road venues in the big ten, and they only see them every other year. Haven't even played Wisconsin the last two seasons during the regular season.I don’t know that the Big 10 is even second best this year. Compare them top to bottom with the Big XII and I slightly favor the Big XII with TCU, WVU and Oklahoma State being better than the top teams in the Big Ten not named Ohio State.
But they each have 4-5 other BIG games each season. There is no such thing in the big ten.Big 10 and Big 12 are probably even this year.
I don't think there's anything to gain by having Wisconsin and Ohio State play during the regular season. I expect the conference to limit that as much as they possibly can. It's a similar situation to Alabama and Georgia; they've been scheduled just once the past 10 seasons.