Up until the last ten seconds of the game last week, you would have thought that the Michigan Wolverines were going to beat the Michigan State Spartans. That is when the unthinkable happened as the Spartans returned a fumble punt snap for a touchdown to win 27-23.
What if the unthinkable happens again later on this season? There is a very good chance that the Big Ten could end up with a tie among the top three teams of the Big Ten East division with Ohio State included. The Buckeyes still play both the Spartans and Wolverines respectively this season.
College Spun shared the conference’s crazy tiebreaker if there is a three-way tie in the division. The only way for this to happen is if the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes a few weeks after the Buckeyes beat the Spartans.
The tiebreaker would be settled by who is ranked the highest in the College Football Playoff poll. Well…kind of.
The fifth tiebreaker states that the highest ranked team in the College Football Playoff poll would be the division representative in Indianapolis, unless the two highest-ranked teams are within one spot of each other. So if, say, Ohio State was No. 4 and Michigan was No. 5 and Michigan State 7th, the Wolverines would go based on their head-to-head win vs. the Buckeyes.
So Michigan would jump Ohio State even if they were ranked below them just because they beat them. That is how things should be if you ask me. There is also a possibility that the division champion wouldn’t find out who is going to the conference title game in Indianapolis until a few days before.
The potential issue here, of course, is that the playoff selection committee’s poll does not come out until Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. ET. So we could have a situation where all three teams are waiting around for three full days after their regular-season finale, unsure who is advancing to play the West Division champion. That would make for a nightmare situation in terms of game preparation for the East teams and the West winner. Add in ticket sales, hotel rooms and other travel arrangements, and it becomes total chaos.
Well, this just got really confusing. The first CFP poll is scheduled to come out on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. There is a good chance that Buckeyes may not even be ranked number one in the country.
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