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The entirety of southern Ohio might temporarily be in Texas if this happens.
The road is simple (not easy) for the Buckeyes. They are in control of their own destiny. A loss to Oregon is their only blemish, and if the Ducks win out, they will likely be in as the Pac-12 champion. But even if they don't, Ohio State's remaining schedule gives it plenty of opportunities to make a statement.
It starts this week when Ryan Day's squad welcomes No. 7 Michigan State to Columbus. Should Ohio State get past the Spartans, it will travel up to Ann Arbor for a chance to win the division outright and likely stamp its ticket to the playoffs with a win against No. 6 Michigan.
From there, it will likely be on to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, where it would get another direct comparison to Michigan and Notre Dame—who both beat the Badgers.
The Buckeyes offense hit another gear against Purdue, putting up 59 points to beat the Boilermakers, who have played spoiler against Iowa and Michigan State this season.
Whether Cincinnati gets in will be one of the biggest questions surrounding the committee every week. It has never put a Group of Five program in the final four, but this is shaping up to be the year that streak comes to an end.
The Bearcats keep winning every week, and while they had close calls against Tulsa (28-20) and Navy (27-20), they have been ranked high enough by the committee to believe those aren't being held against them too much.
A head-to-head win over Notre Dame anchors their resume, and they probably need to win their final two games and the AAC championship in style to maximize their chances. But they are in a great position to force the committee to make a decision between an undefeated team with a signature win or a two-loss Power Five champ.
Last year shouldn't matter, but it's hard to say that it won't. Cincinnati ran the table and got invited to the Peach Bowl, where it only lost to Georgia by three.
After showing they belonged last year, the Bearcats could finally break the Group of Five ceiling this season and get a crack at the premier program in Ohio as a result.
Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2950481-bowl-projections-2021-updated-cfp-predictions-for-week-12437