HERE’S HOW THE BUCKEYES MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. No I don’t think it’s likely, but this is the most plausible way we could sneak back in:
Georgia loses at Auburn. Alabama wins out and beats Georgia in SEC CG.
Miami beats ND and wins out. Clemson wins out and beats Miami in ACC CG.
Oklahoma beats TCU and wins out. Oklahoma State beats Iowa State. TCU wins out post-Oklahoma, beats Oklahoma in Big 12 CG.
Ohio State and Wisconsin win out. Ohio State beats Wisconsin in Big 10 CG.
USC and Washington win out. USC beats Washington in Pac 12 CG.
Alabama – 13-0
Clemson – 12-1
Georgia – 11-2 (SEC East Champ, key wins: @ Notre Dame, Miss St. Losses: @ Auburn, Alabama in SEC CG)
Notre Dame – 10-2 (key wins: @ Mich St., USC, NC St. Losses: Georgia, @ Miami)
Oklahoma – 11-2 (key wins: @ Ohio State, TCU, @ Oklahoma St. Losses: Iowa St., TCU in Big 12 CG)
TCU – 11-2 (Big 12 Champ, key wins: @ Oklahoma St, Oklahoma in Big 12 CG. Losses: @ Iowa St., @ Oklahoma)
Miami – 12-1 (ACC Coastal Champ, key wins: Virginia Tech, Notre Dame. Loss: Clemson in ACC CG)
Wisconsin – 12-1 (Big 10 West Champ, key wins: Michigan, Northwestern. Loss: Ohio St. in Big 10 CG)
Washington – 11-2 (Pac 12 North Champ, key wins: @ Stanford, Wash. St. Losses: @ Arizona St., USC in Pac 12 CG)
USC – 11-2 (Pac 12 Champ, key wins: Stanford, Washington in Pac 12 CG. Losses: @ Wash. St., @ Notre Dame)
Ohio State – 11-2 (Big 10 Champ, key wins: Penn State, Mich. St., @ Michigan, Wisconsin in Big 10 CG. Losses: Oklahoma, @ Iowa)
This didn't factor in wacky upsets, only realistic results, albeit many of them. Who the committee would select is anyone’s guess