Hinnen: Ohio State Will Make Playoff Over Oklahoma

It's close, but Ohio State has the advantage, Jerry Hinnen says

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November 27, 2018 - 3:20 pm

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Ohio State and Oklahoma are similar teams with similar resumes – and if they beat Texas and Northwestern, respectively, this weekend, the committee is going to have a tough choice for the fourth and final playoff spot.

“I don’t know exactly how you make a decision,” college football analyst Jerry Hinnen said on Ferrall on the Bench. “In that case, I think the committee is going to look at almost strictly the most recent evidence that they’ve got. Who looks better this coming weekend? If it comes down to the final minute or the final seconds and Kyler Murray has to pull something out of his rear end while Ohio State is demolishing Northwestern, I think the committee is going to lean toward the Buckeyes – and in the end, I think that’s what they’re going to do.”

By now, you probably know the book on both teams. Ohio State has an awful loss (49-20 to Purdue) but a dominant win over previously No. 4 Michigan on its resume, while Oklahoma has allowed 40+ points in four straight games and needed 59 to survive West Virginia.

In the end, Hinnen believes Ohio State’s win over Michigan will be the difference.

“That Michigan win – being at the very end of the season, coming after the Oklahoma win (over West Virginia) – I think is really going to stick in their minds as well,” Hinnen said of the committee. “If I had to pick one right now, put a gun to my head – I would expect Ohio State to play in the College Football Playoff.”

As for Urban Meyer, Hinnen believes he’ll be with the Buckeyes in 2019.

“I would put my chips on him returning for another year,” he said. “If his health will let him do it at all, I think that’s what he’s going to do. Looking at those pictures from Maryland, I don’t know if his health is going to let him do that, but that’s what I would expect.”