The College Football Playoff Selection Committee raised some eyebrows this week, when it announced that it may look overlook Ohio State not participating in the Big 10 Conference Championship game.
Since its inception, the committee has been steadfast in holding to the same criteria, as laid out on their website.
They have made it clear that above all else, they value conference championships. After that comes strength of schedule and head-to-head competition.
But on Monday, Chairman Kirby Hocutt completely changed his tune.
“Look, we have always said that we value conference championships, but this is a very unique situation that we have unfolding this season.” Hocutt told the Daly Dose.
The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 2 and after a victory over No. 3 Michigan on Saturday, that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.
But Ohio State lost to Penn State back in October, and as a result it will be the Nittany Lions facing Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship game on Saturday in Indianapolis.
Is this sudden flip the result of Ohio State being a big name and perennial favorite?
“Well duh!” said Hocutt. “You think we’d be doing this for Western Michigan?”