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Ohio State makes the playoffs, but other good teams get left out

If you’ve been on social media in the past six days, then you’ve seen Ohio State fans slam it down your throat that they made it. They made it to the big show, the college football playoffs.

You know because Ohio State fans make sure everyone knows.

But what they don’t let you know is that there were two deserving teams left out. Two teams that didn’t make it because of, what many say, a single

championship game.

But a championship game isn’t what the season should come down to. Yes, the big, bad Buckeyes finished 11-1 with a third string quarterback. They are outright Big Ten champions. They are The Ohio State University.

But what happens to Baylor and TCU?

What happens is they get to sit on the couch after their bowl games and watch history being made. All because of one championship game. All because they don’t bring in the money like the Buckeyes.

This is where the playoff committee went wrong.

Strength of schedule, records and division strength apparently

were overlooked.

TCU and Baylor both surpassed Ohio State in schedule strength this season. They were both ranked higher in the Associated Press Poll than the Buckeyes before last weekend. And Baylor still sits ahead of Ohio State in those rankings.

So, is this what college football comes down to? One championship game?

Ohio State took down three ranked teams this season. Other than that…good job. The Buckeyes beat a 5-7 Michigan. A 4-4 Illinois. A 3-7 Indiana.

TCU went 4-1 against the Top 25. The list of the defeated: Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. The one they lost? Baylor.

Am I making my point yet?

The Big 12 may have ruined its chances without a championship game. But the Big 12 has historically had a strong conference.

They have had a team represented in the old BCS National Championship Game seven times. The only conference higher was the Southeastern Conference with 11.

The Big Ten has been in the big one three times.

College football should not come down to one conference championship game. The regular season in where the performance matters. One game cannot determine the worth of a team.

Don’t get me wrong, Ohio State has had a good season. The depth of the team was shown with injuries. They did win the Big Ten.

But a 5th ranked Ohio State has no place in the playoffs.

There were two teams left out who deserved a chance. Either one would have worked. Baylor or TCU should have had that chance … not Ohio State.

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