ESPN’s FPI Still Strongly Favors Ohio State to Make The Playoff

ESPN’s FPI Still Strongly Favors Ohio State to Make The Playoff

Despite a 45-23 loss on Saturday at the hands of archrival No.

Despite a loss on Saturday at the hands of archrival No. 3 Michigan, one metric believes the Buckeyes still have a good chance of making it to the College Football Playoff.

ESPN’s Football Power Index not only has the odds that the Buckeyes reach the playoffs at greater than 50%, but believes they have a strong likelihood of making the playoff by pinning their chances at 88%.

On its surface, this doesn’t make much sense.

Top-ranked Georgia took care of business on Saturday against Georgia Tech and will now head to the SEC championship game with an undefeated record at 12-0.

Michigan is a heavy favorite to beat Purdue in the Big Ten championship.

TCU also finished the regular season with an undefeated record and will now get a rematch with Kansas State in the Big 12 title game. The Horned Frogs beat the Wildcats by 10 in late October.

Finally, one-loss USC will get a rematch against Utah in the Pac-12 championship. The Trojans lost to the Utes 43-42 on October 15 for their only defeat of the season.

If all four of these teams win next weekend it seems likely that they will be in the College Football Playoff. The committee has stated that conference champions will get a boost in selection. If USC loses, the conversation will open up to the possibility of a fourth team. The possibility of the Horned Frogs not making the College Football Playoff is possible if TCU loses. However, it’s still possible.

ESPN believes Ohio State is the best place to win one of the four playoff spots, should any of the other teams fail. The Buckeyes are out of control. They will have to wait to see the results after being dragged at home on Saturday.

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