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The Monday After: The Big Ten needs to put Ohio State in its conference title game for its own good

Ohio State is a playoff team. It has been the entire season, even if an entire season in the Big Ten hasn’t felt like an entire season. While many people needed to see Ohio State smother Michigan State without several key starters and coaches to be convinced, I’ve felt this way for a while.

I don’t need to see Ohio State play a minimum of five games before I can decide if it’s better than other College Football Playoff contenders.

I’ve also been convinced that while plenty have debated about how many games the Buckeyes need to play this season to be selected for the playoff, that it’s never been a legitimate problem. As long as Ohio State didn’t have its season shut down by COVID-19, I’ve felt it will be one of the four teams chosen so long as it doesn’t lose one of the games it does play.

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The Big Ten is full of surprises at the halfway point

Believe it or not, we’re halfway through the Big Ten’s abbreviated 2020 regular season. Take a look at the standings and you’ll see plenty of surprises, but you’ll mostly see a big mess.

Let’s start with the positive surprises. Two teams are 4-0, and you never would have guessed them before the season. That’s the Indiana Hoosiers and Northwestern Wildcats. Each sit atop the Big Ten East and West division standings after wins over Michigan State and Purdue on Saturday.

Ohio State (3-0) and Wisconsin (2-0) are also undefeated. Both teams have had games canceled due to COVID-19, with Wisconsin’s own outbreak costing it two games. Ohio State, meanwhile, had its game against Maryland this weekend called off because of cases in the Terps program.

Ohio State is the conference’s top College Football Playoff contender at No. 3 in the AP top 25. But you have to wonder if

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Scott Van Pelt Makes Big ESPN ‘SportsCenter’ Move Official

Scott Van Pelt talks about the College Football Playoff.
Scott Van Pelt talks about the College Football Playoff.

Several months back it was reported that Scott Van Pelt and the midnight-edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter would be making a big move soon.

After several months continuing to host the show in ESPN’s Bristol headquarters, he’s officially on the move. On last night’s edition of SportsCenter, Van Pelt announced that he is moving his show to Washington, DC near his native Maryland.

Van Pelt praised Bristol as the place where he met his wife, raised his kids and formed meaningful relationships in the sports industry. He finished by announcing that his Washington DC show will debut in August.

“You stay somewhere for a third of your life and the process of extricating yourself from that place reveals the roots are a whole lot deeper than you might have imagined,” he said. “Saying so long has been a lot sadder than I

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