Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long reiterated on Saturday that the 13th game played by those in conference championship games was a factor in elevating Ohio State into the final four ahead of Baylor and TCU, according to College Football Talk.
With that in mind, let’s take a look back at 2013.
If the playoff were in place then, I think we can safely assume three easy calls for field: 13-0 Florida State, 12-1 Auburn and 12-1 Michigan State. All were Power 5 champs that won conference title games.
Pick who gets the final spot from this group:
- Alabama: 11-1
- Baylor: 11-1, Big 12 champion
- Ohio State: 12-1, Big Ten division winner
*Note the final BCS rankings at the end of the regular season:
- Alabama: 3 (ahead of Sparty)
- Baylor: 5
- Ohio State: 6