Ohio State retained fourth place in the college football playoff standings on Tuesday night after calling off its previous game, falling behind No.1 Alabama, No.2 Notre Dame and No.3 Clemson for a second consecutive week.
The top seven teams on the selection committee remained unchanged from last week’s standings after playoff contenders either won comfortably or did not play due to COVID-19 issues.
Texas A&M (6-1) was fifth and Florida (7-1) sixth.
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Ohio State (4-0) had to cancel their game at Illinois last week due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the schedule. It was the second game of the season the Buckeyes missed. One more cancellation would make them ineligible for the Big Ten Championship game and unable to play more than six regular season games.
The No.7 Cincinnati (8-0) also had his last game canceled. The Bearcats will then play on December 12 in Tulsa.
The College Football Playoff has set no minimum number of games played to be eligible for the playoffs. It will simply be up to the selection committee to determine how much is too little.
“There is sometimes a gap between a team that plays eight or nine games and a team that has played three or four games and frankly it is a problem (in the ranking of the teams)”, said the president of the selection committee. Gary Barta, who is the athletic director of Iowa.
Barta said the committee discussed the Texas A&M standings ahead of Ohio State, but for now, the Buckeyes and their powerful offense led by quarterback Justin Fields hold last place in the playoffs.
“When these two teams were put together this morning and last night, there just wasn’t enough to put Texas A&M ahead of Ohio State,” Barta said.
Texas A&M comes off a 20-7 victory over LSU which was played in rainy and windy conditions.
Georgia was eighth and Iowa State and Miami rounded out the top 10. Oklahoma was 11th, followed by Indiana and BYU.
The Cougars, who are hoping for a New Year’s bowl, won a spot.
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ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit has caused a stir with some of his analyzes regarding the state of Ohio, Michigan and teams using COVID-19 as an excuse not to play.
Michigan did not host in-person team events on Monday and Tuesday after returning at least one positive test to the program. The Wolverines (2-4) are set to host Maryland this week and play at Ohio State on December 12.
“I still think Michigan is waving the white flag, potentially avoiding playing Ohio State next week,” Herbstreit said.
” Is it right? Said the former Ohio State quarterback. “Michigan could basically pull out of this game and could keep Ohio State in six quality Big Ten games. It doesn’t make sense to me.
After being given the opportunity to clarify his comment from host Rece Davis, Herbstreit said he was hearing from coaches across the country who believe some teams are refusing to play games because “they don’t want to be humiliated” .
Shortly after the show ended, Herbstreit posted a video on Twitter apologize to Michigan.
“I had no reason to say that. I have no proof of that, ”Herbstreit said. “It was completely unfair to the University of Michigan, to Jim Harbaugh, to his players and coaches, and I just wanted to apologize.