ESPN college football analyst David Pollack has not been especially impressed with how the Big Ten has looked in 2020.
“If the (selection) committee … put (Texas) A&M in there over Ohio State, I would’ve been OK — it would not have been the end of the world for me because I understand that the Big Ten put them in this position,” he said on Monday’s episode of the CFB Podcast with Herbie, Pollack & Neghandi.
“And by the way, I’ve got to do it because it just is what it is — how many times is the Big Ten going to change the rules, for God’s sake? I guarantee you, by the way, you can put it in stone — every Ohio State player will be on the field, every single one, despite protocol, despite anything.
“’Here’s our schedule for college football — canceled, we’re out, we’re not revisiting. We’re back, we’re only going to do X. You have to make, play a certain number of games.’ I mean, you talk about mismanaging and screwing up your stuff, bro — they did a phenomenal job of it this year,” he continued.
“And the Big Ten, just the conference — listen, we have to do this year by year. It’s a year-by-year conversation. The Big Ten is really bad — really bad. Like, Michigan (2-4), Penn State (4-5), Wisconsin (3-3) — those aren’t good at all. They’re bad football teams. So naturally, Northwestern’s better. Indiana’s better — a great coach and great story, awesome program. But it’s a bad league. And now you’re saying you’re going to put in a team that only played six games from that league in there, no out-of-conference? I get the gripe, man. I understand it.”
Will the Buckeyes ultimately be able to make some noise in the College Football Playoff and restore some dignity to their conference? We’re about a month away from finding out.