CFP pattern to Michigan State and Ohio State
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CFP pattern to Michigan State and Ohio State

Spartans and Buckeyes jumped into CFP picture with surprising victories

Photo: Michael Geiger's field goal beat Ohio State

Michigan State and Ohio State meet in November for the third straight year of the College Football Playoff era, and they’ve established a pattern to determine the Big Ten’s CFP representative.

It’s a small sample size, to be sure, but the results are dramatic enough to review


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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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