ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has made a bold claim about Ohio State's football program following the Buckeyes' win on Saturday.
Ohio State struggled - mightily - with Maryland on Saturday afternoon, needing overtime to get past the Terrapins and stay in the College Football Playoff race.
Still, Finebaum says he would take Ohio State over two other top 1-loss teams in Oklahoma and Washington State.
"Between Oklahoma and Ohio State, I would definitely go with Ohio State because they would have that significant win over Michigan,” Finebaum said this morning.
“I’m just not really sure what Oklahoma has to show for it. West Virginia losing yesterday hurt them. The Buckeyes are hard to watch, but give them credit — they pulled off a miracle at Maryland yesterday, equal to the one over Penn State. Beating Michigan would be very significant.”
Finebaum then added why he would take Ohio State over Washington State:
"I just think the win over Michigan would trump the win over Washington,” Finebaum said. "The Apple Cup (vs. Washington) doesn’t mean anything to anyone outside of the Pacific timezone.”
Those are fair points.
Ohio State won't be expected to get the win against Michigan, though. The Buckeyes will enter that contest as the underdog.