The Ohio State Buckeyes made a significant leap in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday, as they moved up from No. 10 to No. 6. However, they sit behind the Oklahoma Sooners, who are looking to win the Big 12 and get into the CFP as well.
Yet, the Buckeyes may have the edge over the Sooners in regards to earning a playoff berth.
Associated Press odds provider RJ Bell believes Ohio State will make the College Football Playoff because they have a 20-to-1 chance to clinch a spot, as opposed to Oklahoma's 27-to-1 odds.
RJ Bell explains how betting odds and other factors could place Urban Meyer and Ohio State in the College Football Playoff over Kyler Murray and Oklahoma. https://t.co/OyCnB5tCPH— 980 WONE-am (@980WONE) November 28, 2018
Many will argue that the Buckeyes have an easier Conference Championship matchup over the Sooners this weekend. Ohio State is favored by 14 points over the Northwestern Wildcats while Oklahoma is favored by 7.5 against the Texas Longhorns.
However, Bell says that even if both teams were to win their respective games, the fact that Ohio State has better odds to win the CFP right now says a lot. Additionally, the committee is driven by money, so an Urban Meyer vs. Nick Saban matchup is probably best to boost the ratings.
CFP chairman Rob Mullens on Ohio State: "The defense played better against Michigan, but that still is probably the shortcoming. Their offense has been able to carry them."— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 28, 2018
Rob Mullens on Oklahoma: "While their defense has been a challenge, their offense has been superior."
What will affect their chances this weekend is if the Georgia Bulldogs were to pull off the upset against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game.
Regardless, if both Ohio State and Oklahoma were to emerge victorious in their respective matchups this weekend, it will be the Buckeyes who own the better odds of entering the College Football Playoff.