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Clay: Should The Big Ten Change Rules To Allow Ohio State Into Championship Game?

The Big Ten has a problem on its hands. Unbeaten Ohio State may not have the chance to play in the Big Ten Championship Game because they may not be able to play six regular seasons games as required by conference rules. Should the Buckeyes not play a sixth game because of COVID related issues, their chances of getting into the College Football Playoff are limited.

Since the Buckeyes are the Big Ten’s best shot at a College Football Playoff spot, should the Big Ten consider changing the rules so that the Buckeyes would need only five games to play in the conference championship game?

Clay discussed the situation this morning on OutKick.

“Do you think the Big Ten should change the rules in favor of Ohio State in the event the Buckeyes do not play the league minimum number of games to be eligible for the Big Ten Championship Game? Right now, that number is six. It’s been thrown into question because Michigan’s not going to be able to play against Maryland this weekend, as the Big Ten deals with COVID-related cancellations, and there’s the possibility they won’t be able to play against Ohio State next weekend. What do you think? Should they change the rules to allow 5-0 Ohio State, if necessary, to be able to play in the Big Ten title game?

“What’s interesting is I have heard that they may stage a shadow Big Ten conference championship game between Ohio State and Wisconsin, even if those two teams are not eligible to play in the Big Ten Championship Game. In other words, I’ve even heard they could play on that Friday, potentially beforehand. And that would help to alleviate some of the issues with the Big Ten title game if it ended up being Indiana going up against a team like Northwestern.”

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Written by Michael Shamburger

Michael has 11+ years covering golf and college football. He's walked alongside Tiger, bleeds Purple and Gold, and is thankful for Joe Burrow! DBAP


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  1. May as well nothing is real anymore. Why have teams prove themselves over the course of a season. We’ll just pick who recruits best by the recruiting analysts and then have the four “best” teams all play for a championship. It’s not fair that an injury might occur or a rule might be broken and keep the anointed four from playing for the championship.

    Heck why even four let’s just have analysts decide who the best two are and have them play.

    Why do that though? Clearly we should just take the best player from each time and have them do drills. Best drill for the championship right?

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