Here’s how both Michigan and Ohio State could make the College Football Playoff

In the history of the College Football Playoff, there has never been more than one Big Ten team in a season.

And that’s likely to be the case this year, too, even though there are scenarios where both No. 3 Michigan and No. 2 Ohio State get in, depending on how things shake out in the battle of unbeatens this weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

Most analysts believe Ohio State (11-0) could get in even if it suffers a narrow loss to Michigan (11-0). Analysts don’t like it the other way around, even if Michigan loses a close one.

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“If Michigan loses this week, it’ll be a little bit more difficult,” said Johnny Avello, head of DraftKings Sportsbook. “It’s definitely the (strength of) schedule, and who’s perceived as the better team right now — Ohio State.

“But there’s still some football to be played.”

In the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, Georgia (11-0), the defending national champion, is No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and the other unbeaten in college football, TCU (11-0).

Georgia plays Georgia Tech this week, before meeting LSU (9-2) in the SEC championship game. TCU plays Iowa State this week, before playing either Texas or Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game.

Michigan and Ohio State are playing for a berth in the Big Ten championship game, against either Iowa, Purdue or Illinois, depending on how this weekend shakes out. Most assume the winner of the Big Ten title game will come from the East Division, as it has every year since the East/West configuration began in 2014.

Any undefeated teams are heading for the four-team playoff, of course, and a one-loss Georgia team probably is, too. The question is, what other one-loss teams could go, depending on how things play out? Southern Cal is 10-1, and so is Clemson. No two-loss team has ever made the College Football Playoff, but LSU (9-2) was ranked fifth Tuesday night, leaving that door open — should it beat Georgia in the SEC championship game.

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