Ohio State makes its case to the playoff committee

J.T. Barrett has produced 42 touchdowns this season

Whether the committee buys the Buckeyes' argument is a question we won't know the answer to until Sunday afternoon.

Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook finished with 229 yards passing, but couldn't lead the Badgers to the end zone in the game's final drive. As aforementioned, Wisconsin lost out on last year's Big Ten Championship and will be doing all they can to redeem last year's failure.

After dropping out of the top four with a loss to Auburn earlier this season, the Bulldogs are once again in position to play on New Year's Day. 5 last week but didn't play in a conference championship game.

After the Barrett interception, Wisconsin cut the deficit to 24-20 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Chris James with 12:39 left in the fourth quarter. Then Ohio State's Sean Nuernberger pushed the lead back to 11 points with a 27-yard field goal.

Ohio State in 2013 would be an example of this. Bryant completed 23-of-29 passes for 252 yards, one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown.

Three teams are assured of berths in the field.

Ohio State got its ring on Saturday. A 12-0 record has led the Badgers to the number three spot in the college football playoff poll.




The Buckeyes have won nine games by double digits this season, which makes their 55-24 loss at Iowa on November 4 more befuddling with each week. The Buckeyes are a tad bit less impressive as they are allotting 19.8 points to their points as well as 291.8 yards.

"I feel it's about the four top teams who are playing their best at this time, and I feel like we're one of them".

And unlike Ohio State, the Nittany Lions and the Cardinal each had one loss by single digits. Barrett departed the game with a knee injury. The senior quarterback completed practice Thursday and was cleared to play against No. 4 Wisconsin after what Meyer called a "very positive" week of treatment.

Freshman backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, an All-Met at Bullis High, performed admirably in relief last week but watched from the sideline as Barrett marched onto the field to start the game.

So, will unpredictable Ohio State show up tonight in Indianapolis?

Barrett's ledger also included a 57-yard touchdown pass to Parris Campbell and a one-yard scoring plunge. The junior wide receiver came open over the middle, getting behind safety Joe Ferguson, and was untouched en route to his sixth scoring reception this season. Wisconsin also is trying to extend its school record undefeated season and claim its first Big Ten title since 2012.

Wisconsin freshman Jonathan Taylor, the Big Ten's most productive rusher this season, managed only 41 yards for an offense that seemed more interested in trying to go around the Ohio State defense than through it.

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