By Steve Kelly
Last week, selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt said the gap between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 7 Penn State was significant.
“I believe, to answer your question directly,” he said, “does the selection committee see a small margin of separation this week between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 7 Penn State? We do not.”
Did the Nittany Lions’ convincing win over Michigan State to clinch the Big Ten East division help change that perception at all?
It’s important because if Penn State wins the Big Ten, the committee will consider putting in one or both.
When teams are comparable, the committee will consider Penn State’s head-to-head win over the Buckeyes and its conference title — two advantages that will make it hard to leave the two-loss Nittany Lions out if the committee is consistent in its application of the protocol.