J.T. Barrett: Ohio State can ‘absolutely’ make CFP without Big Ten title

Following the stunning upset of Iowa over Michigan, Ohio State finds themselves in a bit of a conference championship quandary. No longer in control of their destiny, the Buckeyes could find themselves in the position of stating their case for the College Football Playoff without a conference title.

Well, that’s just fine according to Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Meeting with the press at the University’s practice facility, Barrett was asked whether he felt his teams resume was good enough to earn a playoff berth, even if they are unable to capture a conference title.

His response:

Absolutely. If we win the rest of our games, they’re going to leave out Ohio State?

They very well could. There are plenty of other teams who have made a case just as strong as Buckeyes.

Louisville, Clemson and Michigan are all one-loss teams who will be competing for the spots Alabama leaves vacant. Ohio State would have to beat Michigan at the end of the season and hope that Penn State drop one of its final two games against Rutgers and Michigan State.

Ohio State currently has the second best odds of winning the championship, after Alabama.

Perhaps Barrett is correct in thinking that running the table will get his Buckeyes into the College Football Playoff, but that is a big if with Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines at the end of the season.

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