College GameDay analyst Desmond Howard, who is a Michigan grad, has upset Ohio State fans this morning. They’re letting him hear it on social media as a result.
Howard, in discussing the top teams in the country, noted that both Clemson and Ohio State have played similar “weak” schedules. The obvious issue there? It’s not true.
Ohio State, according to most metrics, has played a difficult schedule. The Buckeyes have faced the 21st-hardest schedule in the country, per ESPN. Clemson, meanwhile, has played the 66th-hardest schedule in the country.
Furthermore, Ohio State has blown out the two top-20 opponents it faced. It beat Cincinnati 42-0 and Wisconsin 38-7.
Ohio State has actually played the hardest schedule, statistically, of the four teams currently in the College Football Playoff field.
Desmond has decided his own personal SOS rankings in his head are more legitimate than every SOS ranking. Ohio State's schedule apparently as weak as Clemson's in his mind. pic.twitter.com/hJs4zcsgUg
— Buckeye Empire (@BuckeyeEmpire) November 9, 2019
@DesmondHoward Ohio State has two wins of 31+ against 2 currently ranked teams. Alabama has 0 wins over currently ranked teams. Explain to me again how Alabama’s schedule is tougher?
— Darron Bruck (@dbruck22) November 9, 2019
Desmond Howard stumping big time for the SEC by saying the B1G strength of schedule is weak.
Those November FCS games the SEC plays are brutal. Alabama’s strength of schedule is a joke.
Get outta here Desmond.
— Matt (@letsgohawks12) November 9, 2019
Luckily for Ohio State fans, Howard does not make the College Football Playoff rankings. The Buckeyes took the top spot in the first set this past Tuesday.
If Ohio State wins out, it will likely be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the playoff. It’ll have to get past Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State, Michigan and the Big Ten West champ to make it happen.