The Aggies’ game this weekend has been postponed, and for all practical purposes, canceled. The same can be said for Ohio State, who currently sits one spot ahead of A&M in the College Football Playoff rankings. Now obviously there are scenarios for A&M to sneak into the top four even without OSU dropping, but with the Buckeyes only playing five regular season games against suspect competition, they certainly don’t want to see their somewhat flimsy Playoff resume diminished even further. So in the interest of exploring all angles, we put together an A&M fan’s weekend Big Ten rooting guide, to let you know what teams you should be cheering for in order to make Ohio State look that much worse.
Illinois at 14 Northwestern (11 a.m., ESPN 2)
ROOT FOR: Illinois
Ohio State’s game against Illinois was canceled earlier this year, but the Buckeyes will face Northwestern on Dec. 19 in the Big Ten Championship Game. A Northwestern loss this weekend would be their second in a row, lowering them in the rankings and making any Buckeye victory next week look that much less impressive
Minnesota at Nebraska (11 a.m., FS1)
ROOT FOR: Minnesota
Ohio State beat Nebraska 52-17 to open the season, but a loss to the Gophers (who didn’t play Ohio State), would give the Cornhuskers a final season record of 2-5. Hardly a signature win.
Michigan State at Penn State (11 a.m., ABC)
The Buckeyes played and beat both of these teams (Penn State by 7, MSU by 40), so there’s no obvious rooting interest in this one. If you want to split hairs, you could say you want the Nittany Lions to look as bad as possible so that Ohio State’s narrow margin of victory over them looking questionable.
Rutgers at Maryland (11 a.m., Big Ten Network)
ROOT FOR: Maryland
The Buckeyes defeated Rutgers handily, but saw their game against Maryland canceled, so the move is the Terrapins here. Drop Rutgers to 2-6. Plus Aggie fans are pretty used to rooting for Maryland.
Wisconsin at 16 Iowa (2:30 p.m., FS1)
ROOT FOR: children to be waved to
Ohio State didn’t play either team, so just sit back and enjoy one of the best traditions to come out of college football in decades.