Yahoo Sports writer Pat Forde laid out some paths to the College Football Playoff on Tuesday morning and mentioned Wisconsin as the Big Ten’s last real contender.
But he also said it’s possible that the No. 9 Badgers could go undefeated and not get invited to the CFP.
Forde said the Badgers haven’t beaten anyone yet and that’s why they were ranked behind six one-loss teams and will likely only bump up to No. 8 this week, noting that Miami should leapfrog them.
With Iowa and Michigan on the horizon, plus a potential Big Ten Title game, Forde said the schedule gets a little tougher, but added that the Badgers’ road schedule is pathetic with BYU, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota.
“Could the Badgers go 13-0 and still be left out? It’s possible,” Forde wrote. “Especially if the teams currently ahead of them in the CFP rankings keep winning. Prepare for the potential Midwest meltdown.”
Forde also recently wrote a story about how No. 6 Ohio State is in trouble and laid out why.
In five games agains Power Five opponents, Forde said, the Buckeyes have gone 2-3 with thin margins of victory and big blowouts in losses.
In the stretch, the average score is opponents 36.4, Buckeyes 21.8 and they’ve averaged trailing for 42.5 minutes out of 60.
Forde mentioned how the Hawkeyes offense exploded for 31 points before halftime after failing to score 20 points four times this season.
He lastly said how Urban Meyer looked “shell-shocked” during his postgame presser.
“This kind of performance clearly wasn’t part of the master plan, and clearly isn’t what (Meyer’s) accustomed to,” said Forde. “But the fact is, his Ohio State team is really just a play or two away from having lost five straight against quality opposition. Something needs fixing with the Buckeyes, and fast.”
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