In 2016, Penn State beat Ohio State and won the conference title but was left out of the top four. In 2017, Ohio State beat Penn State and won the Big Ten title but also was left out.
Don’t be fooled, though — No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State tonight (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) will significantly impact the selection committee’s final 2018 top four.
Things to remember:
Last year, Ohio State lost at home to Oklahoma and was trounced at Iowa 55-24. That’s why the Big Ten champ was out — and two SEC teams were in.
In 2016, Penn State lost at Pitt and was hammered at Michigan 49-10. That’s why the Big Ten champ was out — and Washington, with its weak strength of schedule, was in.