CBS Sports analyst Dennis Dodd believes Wisconsin has the easiest road to the 2017 College Football Playoff and it’s because of one simple reason – the remainder of their schedule.
There are plenty of schools that have a legitimate case for a top-four ranking and it’s setting up to be a wild final month of the regular season in college football.
The discussion prompted Dodd to name Wisconsin as the team with the easiest road to the playoff because the Badgers have benefitted from one of the easiest schedules in the Big Ten. In fact, Wisconsin’s schedule strength is second-worst in the conference as they’ve played teams with a combined record of 25-29. There is even a chance Wisconsin will arrive at the Big Ten Championship Game without having played a ranked opponent.
Of course, there would be plenty of debate over the remainder of the regular season if a one-loss team with impressive wins would be more deserving of a spot in the playoff over a team like Wisconsin. Over their final four games of the season, Wisconsin is slated to play Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota. The team would then play the winner of the Big Ten East Division in the Big Ten Championship Game which would likely be Ohio State or Penn State.
Dodd believes it would be enough for Wisconsin to make it into the Playoff by running the table and winning the Big Ten Championship. It would certainly make for plenty of debate among football fans if Wisconsin were to earn a berth into the playoff.
There is still plenty of football left to be played, and as this season has already proven, anything can happen. The first set of College Football Playoff rankings came out, with Wisconsin coming in at No. 9. Currently, only Penn State (No. 7) and Ohio State (No. 6) sit ahead of the Badgers. Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson round out the final four as of right now.