Could The Big Ten Get Shut Out Of The College Football Playoff Again?

William Davis | Contributor

After a disastrous Week 3, which included losses to Kansas, Troy, Akron and BYU, the Big Ten is facing Armageddon.

Even my friend and noted Big Ten homer, David Hookstead, conceded that the league now faces an uphill battle for the rest of the season. But could the league get shut out of the college football playoff? It’s entirely possible.

Last season, the league was shut out of the playoff in favor of two SEC teams after an 11–2 Ohio State team won the Big Ten championship, having defeated a previously undefeated Wisconsin team to claim the conference crown. But that was not enough to impress the selection committee, and a similar situation could be unfolding this year, especially after the Badgers’ heartbreaking home loss to a mediocre BYU team.

 

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Despite the loss, Wisconsin still remains the clear favorite to represent the Big Ten West in Indianapolis on December 1, where they could play spoiler against a potential 11–1 Ohio State or Penn State team.

Penn State and Ohio State are the only two undefeated teams left in the Big Ten that have the talent to make a playoff run, and they play next weekend in Happy Valley. That means that by the end of September the Big Ten will likely be left with just one undefeated team, with the winner of that showdown likely facing a 10–2, or 9–3 Wisconsin team in the playoff.

This is all a long way away, but if the Badgers turn the tables and upset the Big Ten East champion in the conference title game, the Big Ten could be left out of the college football playoff again.

William Davis

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