Playoff Bye Weeks and Strength of Schedule

Major League Baseball is seeing their top teams getting eliminated due to the extended time off during the opening round bye week. College football faces the same issue with neutral site games after an extended layoff while lower seeds will get another home game to stay in game shape. Penn State travels to Ohio State to determine the pecking order in the Big Ten while Notre Dame and Pitt eliminate the Pac-12 and the ACC from receiving multiple bids to the playoffs.