Here’s how both Michigan and Ohio State could make the college football playoffs

In the history of the College Football Playoffs, there has never been more than one Big Ten team in a season.

And it is likely to be the same this year, even if there are scenarios in which it is the no. 3 Michigan and No. 2 Ohio State enters, depending on how things play out in the battle of the undefeated this weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

Most analysts believe Ohio State (11-0) could go in even if they suffer a small loss to Michigan (11-0). Analysts don’t like the opposite, even as Michigan loses a close one.

Moreover:UM remains at no. 3 in playoff standings; Georgia, OSU, TCU round out the Top 4

“If Michigan loses this week, it’s going to be a little tougher,” said Johnny Avello, head of DraftKings Sportsbook. “It’s definitely the (strong spot) of the program and who is perceived to be the better team right now: Ohio State.

“But there is still some football to play.”

In the latest College Football Playoff standings released Tuesday night, Georgia (11-0), the defending national champion, is No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and the other undefeated in college football, TCU (11-0).

Georgia plays Georgia Tech this week, before meeting LSU (9-2) in the SEC championship game. TCU plays Iowa State this week, before playing Texas or Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game.

Michigan and Ohio State are playing for a spot in the Big Ten championship game, against Iowa, Purdue or Illinois, depending on how this weekend plays out. Most assume the winner of the Big Ten title game comes from the East Division, as they have every year since the East/West setup began in 2014.

All the undefeated teams are heading to the four-team playoffs, of course, and a one-loss Georgia team probably is, too. The question is, which other teams with a loss could go, depending on how things play out? Southern Cal is 10-1, as is Clemson. No two-loss team has ever made the college football playoffs, but LSU (9-2) ranked fifth Tuesday night, leaving that door open, should it beat Georgia in the SEC championship game.

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