There's a difference between pushing a priority objectively and pushing blind stupidity resulting in a laughable argument that could burn you down the road. Big Ten commissioner opted for the latter option in discussing Ohio State's playoff ranking.
One-loss Ohio State, one day after beating Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, finished No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff Rankings, one spot behind two-loss divisional champion Georgia and two spots behind one-loss conference champion Oklahoma.
Based on comments from playoff chairman Rob Mullens — and common sense — Ohio State was not part of a real discussion for the final playoff spot. Delany is struggling with that.
“I would like to understand why the Oklahoma/Georgia comparison, a conference championship meant something [but didn't for Georgia vs. Ohio State," he told Brett McMurphy on Wednesday.
Jim, Ohio State lost to Purdue by 29 points. The same Purdue team that lost to Eastern Michigan and, by 31 points, Minnesota. Sure, the Boilermakers beat Iowa and Boston College and Georgia was plastered by LSU, but that's not nearly enough to outweigh a 29-point loss.
Head coaches, athletic directors and conference commissioners should vouch for their teams. They should, however, vouch with common sense.