Thy College Football Playoff hype just keeps building for Ohio State.
Even though Alabama opened the USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll as the clear No. 1, ESPN’s College Football Power Index has given the Buckeyes the best chance in the country to enter bowl season undefeated at 35 percent.
That 35 percent mark is more than three times better than Alabama’s 10 percent of reaching bowl season without a loss. Ohio State also leads the country with a 77 percent chance of finishing the regular season (including a possible Big Ten Championship game) with only one loss.
ESPN cites Ohio State’s 15 returning starters, including Big Teb preseason honorees J.T. Barrett and Tyqan Lewis, and easier schedule (52nd hardest as opposed to Alabama’s 11th hardest) as the primary reasons to take the Buckeyes over the Tide. In a head-to-head neutral matchup on a neutral field between the two teams, it has Ohio State as a 3-point favorite.
Oklahoma, Penn State, Michigan and whoever wins the Big Ten West might have something to say about Ohio State’s supposedly clear path to the Playoff, but for now, it’s shaping up to be a fun season for the Buckeyes.
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