Gould Headshot squareJust a few days ago, I was telling you the Big Ten could advance its case for  two teams in the four-team College Football Playoff if Week 3 went well.

I had no idea, though, that it would go as well as it did. If this keeps up, Big Ten commish Jim Delany will be beefing up the Christmas bonuses at the home office in Rosemont, Ill.

Not only did Ohio State and Michigan State win. They won handily on the road, effectively knocking Oklahoma and Notre Dame on their keisters in terms of the playoff.

With the Sooners and Irish reeling, the potential playoff candidates are diminished by two. And Louisville’s pulverizing blow to Florida State doesn’t hurt the Big Ten’s cause, either. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.