Ohio State's conference title not enough for playoff berth

05 December, 2017, 02:16 | Author: Edward Fernandez
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Turnovers plagued the Ohio State offense, with senior quarterback J.T. Barrett throwing two interceptions. The Badgers (12-1) fell to 0-5 in the Big Ten championship game and lost for the first time since last year's conference title game. Losing once is better than losing twice.

"I think everybody just kind of believed that we were going to do it", Hornibrook said.

I thought Ohio State would be picked because this would have been the most expedient result for the committee.

The fact that there are five major conferences and only four spots in the playoff means one league will be snubbed.

2, followed by SEC champion Georgia. That depends on whose ox is being gored. The SEC plays eight conference games, and two weeks ago Alabama took out mighty Mercer of the FCS. "And we're conference champions".

Van Ginkel came up with another huge play when he ripped the ball away from running back Mike Weber and recovered it on the Ohio State 11, but the Badgers still had to settle for a 28-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 21-10.

Concerns about the College Football Playoff aside, Ohio State prepared this past week uncertain how much Barrett would be able to play, or if he would be effective doing so.

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Ohio State's close win puts them in a tough position for the final spot in the College Football Playoff.

Alabama has victories against three teams that made the most recent top 25: No. 17 LSU, No. 23 Mississippi State, and No. 25 Fresno State. Auburn 8. USC 9.

When Ohio State rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Penn State 39-38 on October 28, it seemed the Buckeyes had a clear path to crack the top four. Nevertheless, they also had two losses - Oklahoma by 15, and, most glaringly, letting Iowa hang 55 on them.

"You lose the way you lost, it sends a message to the committee that they couldn't forgive", ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said Sunday. A similar situation happened previous year, when Penn State won the Big Ten Championship Game but had two losses.

With the win, the College Football Playoff is now thrown in a bit of a frenzy, as the Playoff committee will have to choose between No. 5 Alabama (11-1) and No. 8 Ohio State (11-2) for the final spot in the top four after Clemson, Oklahoma, and Georgia won earlier on Saturday.

The senior aggravated his already sore right knee last week in a 31-20 win against MI when a cameraman tried to squeeze by him on the sideline, an incident that drew condemnation from Coach Urban Meyer during Ohio State's postgame news conference.

In 2014, a red-hot Ohio State team routed Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten Championship Game and rode that momentum to stun No. 1 Alabama 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl semifinal and dominate No. 2 OR 42-20 in the championship game.



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