'The Game(s)?' Is Ohio State vs. Michigan rematch in the works for the College Football Playoff?




 

It's a rivalry so nice, they might do it twice.  Don't look now, but Ohio State and head coach Ryan Day might just get a chance to get some redemption against Michigan in the College Football Playoff.

It's by no means a slam-dunk, but USC losing to Utah in the Pac-12 Championship game on Friday night, combined with TCU's overtime loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship game sets up a scenario that might allow the Buckeyes to jump all the way from No. 5 to No. 3. Couple that with Michigan still remaining at No. 2, and it would mean a matchup between the Buckeyes and Wolverines out in Glendale, Arizona, in the Fiesta Bowl.

For that to happen, Georgia might need to hold serve against LSU in the SEC Championship game, and Michigan might need to handle its business in Indy vs. Purdue. If all of that holds - and it's a fairly good bet - the CFP committee might be looking at Georgia (1), Michigan (2), Ohio State (3), and TCU (4) as the four teams.

That would mean "The Matchup" in "The Game" for the second time in one year, a first in the rivalry's history. And hey, why not? Duke and North Carolina met in the Final Four for the first time in the NCAA Tournament in the spring, so why not keep flipping the American sports landscape on its head?

If it were to happen, you can bet Ohio State fans, players, and coaches would relish the opportunity to have another shot at Darth Vader (after all, Michigan was Ohio State's "father" a little over a week ago).

It would also most likely be ratings gold. According to Nielsen ratings, the first game between the two old rivals set an all-time record for regular season viewership since No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 LSU in 2011. "The Game" averaged 17 million viewers on Fox, beating the second most-watched game of the year - Georgia vs. Tennessee (13.1 million).

There's still a chance - and a very good one at that - of TCU remaining at No. 3 which would likely mean a trip to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against No. 1 Georgia for Ohio State. And … we have to also mention that the CFP committee could do something way out of left field and leave the Buckeyes out entirely, but that seems like a very unlikely scenario at this point.

Either way, keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for the CFP selection show that will be revealed live on ESPN at Noon ET Sunday, and root for a massive matchup between the colors of scarlet and gray vs. maize and blue in the desert.

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