Inside the Numbers: Scrambling for an Explanation after the Ohio State Loss


Dwayne Haskins threw six touchdown passes, freshman Chris Olave had a breakout performance and No. 10 Ohio State continued its mastery over No. 4 MI with a record-setting 62-39 victory Saturday that sends the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship game.

Georgia moved up one spot to enter the field at No. 4, though that may be a short-lived placement as the Bulldogs take on the Crimson Tide this Saturday in the SEC Championship Game. Jackson hit a layup to open the second half and kick off a 10-2 Ohio State run.

"Talked a great deal about their full body of work", committee chairman Rob Mullens said. Oklahoma has a better loss, but Ohio State has a better win.

Now for Oklahoma. Anybody who has tuned in this season understands the defense has struggled, even after Lincoln Riley fired Mike Stoops and made Ruffin McNeill defensive coordinator. Ohio State's point production Saturday was not only the most against MI in this storied series, but the second-most MI has allowed in any game of its history. Certainly their most complete game. Ohio State also has the come-from-behind win at Penn State.

No. 21 Northwestern started 1-3, losing early season games to Duke, Akron and MI. The only metric where Ohio State is ahead is in strength of record: The Buckeyes are No. 5, and the Sooners are No. 6.

Oklahoma plays No. 14 Texas on Saturday in the Big 12 Championship Game.

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Ehlinger's Texas Longhorns beat Murray's Oklahoma Sooners 48-45 on October 6 for Oklahoma's only loss of the season.

"I definitely tweaked some things that we did the last two weeks knowing that this opportunity-slash-challenge was going to be in front of us", he said. "Maybe previous year we were a little closer, but still 60-something points, that was tough to swallow".

You can read about our playoff projections in more detail here. That's not a surprise to anybody.

"To come back against your rival and play like that, that's a focused team that loves each other and cares about each other", Meyer said. Keep it simple and have Bama win.

"I think we definitely showed the country the Ohio State Buckeyes are still here", offensive tackle Isaiah Prince said. Either the Sooners were upset again by the Longhorns or are hoping the Wildcats can be competitive enough to sway some people from picking the Buckeyes after OU's win. Northwestern actually dropped from No. 19 to No. 21.