OK, so here we are 5 weeks in, and while I'm still holding onto hope, I'm starting to have my doubts about Ohio States bid at a national championship. First things first, if Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, and Oregon all go undefeated, game over. We will not see Ohio State playing for a national championship, plan and simple it will not happen.
Alabama at 12-0 (13-0 with the SEC championship) is a certain LOCK to get in, there is no debating that.
Oregon at 12-0 (13-0 with the PAC championship) will have beaten Tennessee (they're down and out, but they're still SEC, and while that doesn't matter to those of us with a brain, I would be willing to bet that some voters will see that as somewhat important), Washington, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, and an emerging Oregon State. On top of that they will probably face UCLA again in the PAC championship game. You can't make an argument for Ohio State's schedule against them, it's just not possible.
Clemson at 12-0 (13-0 with the ACC title game) will have beaten Georgia, Floirda State, an as of now ranked Maryland team, and South Carolina. With the exception of the win over Georgia, Clemson's schedule doesn't do much for me. The only thing I can say is that if South Carolina stays with having only 1 loss, and Clemson beats them on the road, that opens the door up for them. Clemson is still in the habit of dropping games they should win, so there is always that, but if they don't, it could be an ugly situation.
There is nothing anyone could say to make our schedule stack up against any of these three. Literally the only hope we have at this point is that some of the bottom tier B1G teams that have only lost 1 game so far can find themselves in the bottom half of the rankings later in the year. If by some miracle by the time we get to Penn State, or Illinois they could have somehow found a way to sneak into the top 25 then it would bode much better for the Buckeyes, but as of now the only hope is that Michigan stays undefeated and can get into the top ten.
I hate having to root for scUM, but now is the time to try and grab every opportunity to be there in the end, 12-0 and have out strength of schedule inflated by playing a couple of teams that found ways to get into the rankings late in the season.
It's not looking good, but there is still reason to be optimistic, we just have to hope that the Buckeyes control what they can control and run the table. GO BUCKS!