Ohio State makes its case to the playoff committee


The crux of his argument: The Big Ten plays nine conference games and had the fewest matchups (three) with FCS opponents among Power Five conferences. Heading into Saturday's game, Clemson ranked sixth in the country in total defense, holding teams to an average of 283.3 yards per game.

The Wisconsin Badgers have quite literally badgered their way into this championship game by posting an undefeated 12-0 record throughout the regular season. "I think our efforts to play more conference games, to schedule up to a reasonable degree, to reduce the number of mismatches should serve us well". Trailing by six points with less than three minutes on the clock, Wisconsin took over the the ball at its own 29-yard line, but failed to score a touchdown to steal the game. Wisconsin, however, lacked the firepower necessary to take full advantage of OSU's mistakes, with Buckeyes safety Damon Webb sealing the game with an interception as UW faced 4th-and-20 with 1:09 left on the clock.

UW appeared to have momentum when it drove to the Buckeyes' 43-yard line on its final possession, which began with 2:53 remaining, but a holding penalty on left tackle Michael Deiter put the Badgers in a hard situation that they couldn't recover from.

As the committee comes out with its final rankings Sunday, do the voting members believe there are four teams better than Alabama?

It's one of the most famous quotes in football, which has been attributed at one time or another to Woody Hayes, former Texas coach Darrell Royal, former Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty and even long-ago Tennessee coach Robert Neyland.

Following a 9-yard run on third down on the Buckeyes' second possession he hooked up with a wide open Terry McLaurin for an 84-yard TD pass to make it 7-0.

The game might have gotten out of hand if it weren't for Wisconsin linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel.

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst right shakes hands with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer during a news conference for the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday Dec. 1 2017 in Indianapolis. Wisconsin will play Ohio State
Ohio State makes its case to the playoff committee

It was Barrett's 34th touchdown pass this year and came and four plays after Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward intercepted Hornibrook for the game's initial turnover.

Ohio State: Since getting blown out at Iowa last month, the Buckeyes have been trying to play their way back into the playoff picture.

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

The Buckeyes built a 21-10 halftime lead on the strength of three big plays.

USA sportsbooks are likely favoring the Buckeyes over their higher ranked opponent due to the explosiveness of Ohio State's offense.

Ohio State moved in front, 21-7, early in the second quarter on Barrett's one-yard run. Mike Weber lost a fumble at the Ohio State 11-yard line that Wisconsin turned into a field goal. He managed an average of 7.3 yards per run and almost 100 yards per game (99.2). He completed 8 of 16 passes for 182 yards and rushed eight times for 31 yards.

Barrett completed just 12 of his 26 pass attempts for 211 yards, rushing for 60 yards and another score. on 19 attempts six days after undergoing surgery to fix a knee injury suffered in Ohio State's victory over MI.

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