Is Ohio State a fraud at No. 4?
If there were, say, 15 or 20 college football fans in a room debating the rankings, there’s no doubt 99% of them, right or wrong, would still say Ohio State. But one of the top four teams in the country? Show me why that is. They couldn’t tell you. It would be based on the 2019 season of Justin Fields. They dominated Big Ten competition last year, 9-0, won those by 33 points per game, pushed Clemson to the limit, that would be their argument.
They don’t have an argument this year. When Michael Penix lights up your secondary for 491 passing yards, five touchdowns, and you beat Indiana, the 10th-ranked team in the nation, as a 21 and a half point favorite by seven points, you don’t have an argument.
Look at that game on the road in East Lansing, where they were without basically 35 scholarship players, and they won that match 52 to 12, and that’s going to be their comeback. It doesn’t make it right or wrong, but that’s what they’re going to use—that one game on the road against a mediocre Michigan State team that lost to Rutgers.
I haven’t seen enough out of Ohio State this year in terms of their resume, which warrants them being in the top four in the country.
If they win the Big Ten Championship against a solid blue-collar team in Northwestern, No. 1 ranked Big Ten defense; then maybe I’ll scratch my head and say they deserve to be in. Based on where they are right now, I can’t say they’re the fourth-best team in the country.