Skip to main content

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit: "Penn State Becomes A Wild-Card"

Kirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.

The fate of the 2016 college football season is now in the College Football Playoff selection committee's hands.

The college football regular season is over.

It looks like the College Football Playoff foursome will be:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington/Penn State/Michigan

Who will get that final spot? The 12-1, Pac-12 champion Huskies seem like the pick.

However, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit doesn't think it's a lock.

"Penn State becomes a wild-card," he said. "I have no problem, personally, saying Penn State moves to the No. 4 spot."

He's not advocating for the Nittany Lions to move to No. 4, though, just saying he thinks it could happen - and won't have a problem with it if it does.

His problem with Washington? Their non-conference schedule - Rutgers, Idaho, Portland State.

"I think that sends the wrong message," he said of Washington getting in with that non-conference schedule.

So, if Washington does get left out, how could you put a Penn State team over a Michigan team that blew the Nittany Lions out?

"I think you have to look and really respect what Penn State has done (lately)," he said.

It all goes down tomorrow afternoon.