If you’re an Ohio State football fan, you’ve undoubtedly been following the Michigan sign-stealing saga. Things just keep getting worse for the Wolverines as 12 of the other 13 Big Ten schools have records of Connor Stalions buying expensive tickets for their games.
The NCAA is investigating these allegations and seems to be moving quicker than usual, but we all know how incompetent the NCAA is at investigations. There’s a chance they screw this up. The Big Ten doesn’t have to wait for the NCAA to finish its work to administer a punishment though.
If the Big Ten believes that the integrity of the game has been compromised by TTUN, then they have the authority to ban them from the Big Ten Championship Game. That is of course assuming that Michigan would end up qualifying for the game by beating Ohio State.
So let’s just say that somehow happens. What does that mean for Ohio State in that scenario? It would likely mean that the Buckeyes would play in the Big Ten Championship instead of Michigan. They would be the Big Ten East team that would have the next-best record.
This would also make it easier for the Buckeyes to make the College Football Playoff. They would have one loss but they would potentially be a conference champ in this scenario. Of course, Michigan would be undefeated too, and would likely warrant CFP consideration.
Would the CFP committee choose a team to make the playoff that has been banned from its own conference championship game for cheating? That’s something that is unprecedented. We don’t know how the committee would react to such a thing.
There are a lot of moving and messy parts with this cheating scandal. I, for one, love getting daily updates about Ohio State’s rival getting caught red-handed. We will certainly keep you advised on what else comes from the investigation.