Three hours before the Big Ten Championship game is scheduled to kick off in Indianapolis between the same two schools, the Buckeyes and Badgers will begin conference play on the hardwood Saturday when they meet in Madison.
The Badgers' first loss removes them from the College Football Playoff equation, while it pushes the Buckeyes back in. The game wasn't sealed until Damon Webb intercepted Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook's final pass of the night with 69 seconds on the clock.
Running back Jonathan Taylor was also bottled up to the tune of 15 carries for 41 yards as the Buckeyes stacked the box and dared Hornibrook to beat them. The undefeated Badgers entered the contest as an underdog to the uber-talented Ohio State team and each program could have made a case to be included in the Playoff field entering the game. The committee will have to decide between the Buckeyes and No. 5 Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC), who was not a conference champion.
With Potter out, Wesson is the only healthy center on Ohio State's roster. However, Happ (14 points on 6-of-10 from the floor) was the only Badger besides sophomore D'Mitrik Trice (10 points, 4-of-12) to finish in double figures against the Cavaliers, as their teammates combined to shoot 5-for-26 from the field and score 13 points. The Buckeyes also own three victories over top-25 opponents, with one of their losses coming against Oklahoma, the Big 12 champion and a lock for the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes had better wins and worse losses.
The Miami defense was no match for junior quarterback Kelly Bryant.
His throwing form didn't suffer either when Barrett completed an 84-yard touchdown pass to Terry McLaurin on the Buckeyes' next series.
With Clemson more than likely holding onto the number one spot in the rankings, No. 3 Oklahoma (12-1, 9-1 Big 12) will likely move into second place in the final playoff rankings, revealed on Sunday, Dec. 3. The committee picked the 11-1 Buckeyes, who didn't win their division, over the 11-2 Nittany Lions for the third spot in the playoff, while Washington got the fourth. "Once again, two wins over top four - I don't know if anyone's done that". We had the game under control, and then ... we started to turn the ball over. The Bulldogs were able to force key turnovers to keep the momentum on their side, including two fumbles and a blocked field goal.
Running back J.K. Dobbins ran for 174 yards to carry the Buckeyes' offense. Both finished with an 11-2 record and a conference championship but found themselves haunted by losses.
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