Ohio State's conference title not enough for playoff berth

Posted December 04, 2017

Odds: Ohio State opened as 6.5-point favorites over the Badgers.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett played the entire game despite having knee surgery six days prior.

Wisconsin has had the best season in the school's history.

Now that the Buckeyes have a conference championship to their name, they believe their resume is enough for the final spot.

The second choice would be that a team plays over its head and leaves people amazed and wondering where that came from.

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Ultimately, it was the Ohio State defense that gave them the edge over Wisconsin. That marked one more record for the most decorated quarterback in the history of one of college football's most decorated teams.

Ohio State in 2013 would be an example of this. But he couldn't finish the MI game because of a knee injury.

So, will unpredictable Ohio State show up tonight in Indianapolis? Or maybe a little of both? Prior to that touchdown, Wisconsin had gone 3-and-out on its previous two drives.

This time around, the game was much closer with the defenses controlling the pace.

The biggest factor in the outcome of this game could be something that wasn't even on the radar a week ago.

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The essence of being J.T. Barrett on the football field is being a dual-threat quarterback, especially in big games.

Wisconsin has its usual group of big humans on the offensive line, led by left tackle Michael Deiter from Genoa High School. Taylor now leaded the Big Ten with 150.5 yards rushing per game - third best nationally - and 1,806 yards rushing. Northwestern is the only team to score more than 17 points against the Badgers.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin news:Among them include tight end Zander Neuville (right leg), running back Bradrick Shaw (left leg), safety D'Cota Dixon (right leg) and outside linebacker Noah Burks (left leg) are all listed with that designation. In addition, they can point to Penn State previous year and Stanford in 2015.

That effort, though, wouldn't have been possible without a signature outing from true freshman running back J.K. Dobbins. Turnovers would take away from that strategy. 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. The winning team has had 34 points or more in five of the six played so far.

The Wisconsin Badgers have quite literally badgered their way into this championship game by posting an undefeated 12-0 record throughout the regular season.

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The win, which was buoyed by a slew of explosive plays from the Buckeyes' speedy skill position players, figures to incite tremendous debate among the College Football Playoff selection committee in advance of Sunday's final rankings reveal.