Phil Steele rank's Ohio St's strength of schedule very low this year, at 87th out of 130. And he has Michigan at 3rd toughest.
Schedule ranking of other notable teams. All teams that you would intuitively think could be in the CFP Final 4 rank below 53rd.
Penn St 55th
Notre Dame 45th
Michigan St 33rd
Florida St 1st
If both Ohio St and Michigan end up 11-1, and only 1 can be put into the CFP Final 4, which should it be? Certainly Michigan, right? What if Michigan's 1 loss is to Ohio St? Wouldn't it be strange if Ohio St would be chosen in such a scenario? I know they would be chosen, because head-to-head play would be the determining factor. But how fair would that feel? If it feels ok then that is more evidence that strength of schedule can end up being meaningless.
So they want the 4 best teams in the Nation in the CFP Final 4, but strength of schedule could lose meaning in the equation. Can you do the math on that?