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The Buckeye Ballot: Political Reporter Breaks Down Sports Election Numbers

COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur) -- It should be simple: If Ohio State beats Michigan State on Saturday, and then the Buckeyes are in the National Championship game.

But that hasn't stopped Auburn University, who is ranked third in Bowl Championship Series, from lobbying to get ahead of OSU and into the big game.

ABC 6 broke down the numbers using the same method our nation chooses a president.

Right now, the BCS has Florida State ranked first, OSU second and Auburn third. But that's using a mythical computer, which takes football polls, a team's record, and strength of schedule to spit out a national ranking.

Really knowledgeable fans, however, use electoral votes instead.

While Auburn may claim it deserves to be in the championship game, the electoral numbers do not back it up.

Auburn is in Alabama, and Alabama has only nine electoral votes. Because Ohio has 20 electoral votes, the Buckeyes beat the Tigers by 11 electoral votes, or points.

And using this highly scientific political football calculus, Ohio State may end up ranked first, ahead of Florida State.

This is because OSU plays a tougher game than FSU on Saturday.

Florida State is pitted against Duke, which, being in North Carolina, has 15 electoral votes.

Ohio played Michigan, which has 17 electoral votes. That means Michigan State is at least two electoral votes, or points, better than Duke.

When determining who would win a championship game between Ohio State and Florida State, we consider the state in which the game would be played: California.

This is a blue state which United States President Barack Obama won twice. Comparing the number of pictures Obama has taken with FSU coach Jimbo Fisher and OSU coach Urban Meyer, Meyer is the clear victor.

And, because these political pictures don't lie, Ohioans can look forward to a big win. 
 
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