Barring a shocking move by the College Football Playoff selection committee, Ohio State won’t be one of the top four teams this season.
Ohio State lost to Michigan, 42-27, on Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped the Buckeyes to 10-2 on the season, falling out of Big Ten championship contention.
While Michigan could be College Football Playoff bound with a win over Iowa next weekend, the Buckeyes will be heading elsewhere.
It sounds like Ohio State will be Rose Bowl bound. The Buckeyes could play either Utah or Oregon, depending on what happens next week.
Upsets in championship weekend have been fairly rare in the CFP era.
If things are chalky next week …
Orange — Georgia-Oklahoma St
Cotton — Michigan-Cincinnati
Rose — Utah-Ohio State
Sugar — Baylor-Alabama
Peach — Wake-Ole Miss
Fiesta — Notre Dame-Michigan St
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 28, 2021
CBS Sports bowl projections have an Ohio State vs. Oregon Rose Bowl.
— Pete Nakos (@Pete_Nakos96) November 28, 2021
UPDATED BOWL PROJECTIONS:
Michigan to the CFP, Ohio State to the Rose.
Iowa-Kentucky Citrus Bowl
UNC-Maryland reunion in New York
83 teams for 82 spots.
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— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 28, 2021
The Rose Bowl is a pretty good consolation prize, though Ohio State will probably have some notable opt-outs.
Ohio State has some top talents heading to the NFL and many players often sit out of games to prevent injury.
Still, it should be a fun Rose Bowl.