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Desmond Howard Rips Ohio State's College Football Playoff Standing

By David Hayes
Former Michigan Wolverines star wide receiver and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard rips the Ohio State Buckeyes for their latest CFP ranking spot.
Former Michigan Wolverines star wide receiver and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard rips the Ohio State Buckeyes for their latest CFP ranking spot. / Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images
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There's no doubt that this has been one of the most unusual college football seasons in the history of the sport.

With numerous unexpected cancelations and postponements of both conference schedules and individual games, some major Power Five programs such as the Ohio State Buckeyes have played only four games as we head into Week 14 of the season.

And under the current evaluation criteria of the College Football Playoff Committee, it's made comparing teams with nine games played to ones with just four an especially tough task. However, Desmond Howard clearly hasn't struggled to formulate an opinion on the Buckeyes receiving the No. 4 spot in the latest CFP Top 25 Poll.

The former Michigan Wolverines star and Heisman Trophy winner could be letting some of his Big Blue bias show here when it comes to tearing the Buckeyes, but he does have a point in the citing the Indiana game.

The Buckeyes have only played four games, with then-No. 9 Indiana being their toughest opponent by far, which also doubled as their least impressive showing of their shortened season as well.

OSU's star quarterback Justin Fields struggled immensely with an 18-for-30 passing line and three interceptions to go with it as the Buckeyes allowed an Indiana team trailing 35-7 at one point climb back into striking distance with a 42-35 final.

While Ohio State hasn't necessarily done anything to lose their opening top-5 ranking from the start of the season, they certainly haven't done quite as much as they have in recent years to earn it through four games played either.



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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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