Ohio State survives Wisconsin's comeback, wins Big Ten title

Rosalie Stanley
Декабря 5, 2017

It's going to be a fun one.

Much of the Badgers' success was seemingly the Buckeyes' own doing, with quarterback J.T. Barrett throwing two interceptions - including a pick-6 interception - and running back Mike Weber fumbling on OSU's own 11-yard line.

With Wisconsin's first loss of the season, one team will have the opportunity to jump into the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings.

All told, the Buckeyes outgained the Badgers 449-298 as quarterback Alex Hornibrook (19 for 40, 229 yards) failed to stretch the field while facing constant pressure from the Buckeyes' daunting pass rush.

And unlike Ohio State, the Nittany Lions and the Cardinal each had one loss by single digits.

And while the Tide may have fewer blemishes on their resume, the Buckeyes have officially made things hard on the committee by following up a thorough 31-20 win over the Michigan Wolverines with a solid offensive showing against the Badgers' No. 1 defense.

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Running back J.K. Dobbins ran for 174 yards to carry the Buckeyes' offense.

After Rafael Gaglianone's 46-yard field goal cut the Buckeyes' advantage to one score at 21-13, Dobbins broke through the line for another long gain. Barrett punched it in on the next play to give the Buckeyes a 21-7 lead with 11:10 left in the second quarter. Taylor needs 120 yards rushing to break Adrian Peterson's national freshman record (1,925) and 194 yards to reach the 2,000-yard mark. "And we're conference champions". Will the committee value Ohio State's quality wins over that loss, or will Alabama be able to sneak in and put two SEC teams in the Playoff? Stanford 16. LSU 17. Barrett says he is healthy enough to play after missing the end of last week's game with a knee problem. But if Barrett needs to come out, they will turn to Haskins, a redshirt freshman, who was good in relief last week against MI and could try to duplicate Cardale Jones' fill-in performance in the 2014 title game against Wisconsin.

Ohio State's victory against previously unbeaten Wisconsin was their third of note as it pertains to the CFP rankings. Barrett absorbed his first significant contact while being tackled during a third-down scramble on Ohio State's opening possession but popped right up without any apparent discomfort. Following the 2016 season, Clemson returned the favor with a 35-31 victory that came on Deshaun Watson's 2-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second remaining.

The Big Ten Championship Game may play a part in answering the question, based on how impressed the Selection Committee was by the participants from the league title game.

Wisconsin's defense countered that miscue shortly after when Van Ginkel stepped in front of Barrett's poor throw deep in Ohio State territory and returned it nine yards for a touchdown.

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