Before I read this article, I agreed that it should be conference champs only, but the idea of a playoff between the 1, 3, 5 and 10 ranked teams seems silly. But then if you're doing it only based on rankings, what happens if the SEC or another conference has 3 teams in the top 4? It may not be likely, but it could happen.
It says the origin is Ohio State University, not destination.
No, they apparently didn't realize they were being overpaid: http://www.osu.edu/news/ncaadocs/pdf/MFB_Employment.pdf
Which makes me wonder what happened to the NCAA's Cam Newton logic of "he was unaware of the violation so he isn't responsible".
They supposedly didn't even know what they were being payed per hour, which was less than any of the other employees.
Ohio State: 0