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ESPN Names Team Helped The Most By Ohio State's Loss

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ohio State's loss to Purdue on Saturday night has shaken up the College Football Playoff picture, as the Buckeyes have fallen out of everyone's top four, and one team in particular appears to have benefited the most.

That team: Oklahoma.

The one-loss Sooners were on the outside looking in when it comes to the College Football Playoff, with Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame all having much better paths, but that has now changed.

ESPN believes Oklahoma is the team that has benefited the most from an Ohio State loss. It's now possible to envision a one-loss Sooners team making it into the College Football Playoff over a Big Ten champion.


When Purdue upended No. 2 Ohio State 49-20 on Saturday night, it opened the door for another great debate on Selection Day, as the Big Ten is now guaranteed to have a conference champion with at least one loss -- and so are the Big 12 and Pac-12. Instead of the luxury of separation that comes with being undefeated, Ohio State or Michigan needs to finish as a one-loss Big Ten champ -- and even that might not be enough for the Buckeyes if Oklahoma can run the table and wow the selection committee in the Big 12 title game.

There's still a long way to go, though. If Ohio State can win out and put together some impressive wins over Michigan State, Michigan and the Big Ten West Division champion, a College Football Playoff berth is still probable.

You can view ESPN's full writeup here.