Big Ten Considers Rule Change to Help Ohio State Make College Football Playoffs

On Monday, I argued that it would be a miscarriage of justice if Ohio State were undefeated and still ineligible for the Big Ten Championship Game because they couldn’t get six games in. Ohio State beat Indiana head-to-head, and every other team in the Big Ten East has at least two losses. Kirk Herbstreit expressed concern that Michigan might duck Ohio State next week and cement their rivals’ ineligibility. He promptly apologized.

Now, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez confirms that the Big Ten would indeed consider changing their rules to accommodate Ohio State (via Angelique S. Chengelis of the Detroit News):

OutKick founder Clay Travis also says there is potential movement in the conference:

Clay said that the Big Ten would hope to find an opponent for Ohio State even if Michigan cancels next week, that Ohio State is “desperate” to take the field against Michigan State this week, and that Big Ten athletic directors could change the rules to allow Ohio State to play in the Big Ten title game, even if they fail to meet the six-game threshold. They may also change the quarantine rules in light of new CDC guidance, which have shortened the recommended quarantine period from 21 days to 7-10 days.

Anyways, I’ve been saying this is what should happen for a couple days, and if you want a chuckle, go read the replies and quote-tweets from Indiana fans irate with me for suggesting the Big Ten should change its rules:

I don’t want to disparage the Indiana program. They’ve had a nice season. Bloomington is an incredible college town. Kilroy’s is the best college bar I know of in America (sample size probably over 100), and the doner truck in Bloomington is one of the most delicious meals I have ever had. Those who know me know I wouldn’t say that lightly.

HOWEVER, Ohio State, should they remain undefeated, definitely deserves to get into the Big Ten Championship Game and have a shot at the College Football Playoffs, even if they’re unable to play Michigan next week and unable to find another opponent.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. The SEC sticks together like glue. There would be no issue or speculation at all regarding what the SEC would do if faced with this situation. Hopefully the BIG 10 will do the right thing if presented with the dilemma two weeks from now. The PAC-12? They would screw the pooch.

  2. I think it funny, not really, pretty sad. Remember that B1G went along with the approved discourse that we should cancel the season. Then when the SEC, ACC, Big12 etc. went ahead and scheduled their games and did not follow the arrogance of the B1G and had a successful start to their season, they relented to the expected internal pressure from their own conference. To provide cover for their leaderships arrogance, they continued with it because they are smarter than those other conferences. So they put these extra protocols in place to cover their asses on the delay of their season, and now find those protocols are keeping their best team out of the CFP. Now they want to change the rules.

    I think Ohio St. is one of the top four teams in the nation, and I don’t want to deny these players of their opportunity, but they have to understand the leadership of the conference failed them

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