Ohio State’s historic beatdown of MI keeps playoff hopes alive

Ohio State’s historic beatdown of MI keeps playoff hopes alive

Ohio State’s historic beatdown of MI keeps playoff hopes alive

It was a game dominated by Ohio State from start to finish in almost every phase of the game and at every point of the game.

Like many MI alumni, Tom Brady was hyped to see his No. 4 Wolverines take on No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday in one of college football's fiercest rivalries.

"Jim Harbaugh has developed a program that has one major flaw: they can not win outside of their comfort zone", CBS Sports college football analyst Barrett Sallee said on Taz & The Moose. "You get a ring when you win this championship, and that's always the conversation around here". The quarterback recalled the one time he lost a bet to former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel and had to wear his No. 94 Ohio State jersey on the field during practice. Loss to Purdue. Somewhat inconsistent in the second half of the year. Coach Jim Harbaugh was seeking his first win in the rivalry in his fourth season in Ann Arbor. "Unfortunately, I lost a bet to Nate Ebner and already paid him his money", Brady said Monday on Mut and Callahan. S&P+ also gave MI a 61-percent chance to win, which meant that, if these rivals clashed five times in Columbus, S&P+ would have expected the Buckeyes to have won twice. If he doesn't, he'll be exactly like Les Miles down the stretch: nine, 10 (wins) every single year, but not able to get over the hump against teams that can put up 40. Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in ESPN's Football Power Index; Ohio State ranks No. 6. They can't win a big game, man.

Ohio State (11-1), meanwhile, is suddenly knocking on the playoff door.


MI will likely still go to the Rose Bowl, because the selection committee has been adamant in the past that this spot will go to the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the College Football Playoff Top 25 should the league champion reach the playoff.

No. 14 Texas is just two spots ahead of No. 16 West Virginia in the CFP rankings, and in theory a blowout loss to the Sooners could drop the Longhorns below the Mountaineers in the final rankings that are released this Sunday.

"I think going into the season there was a lot of uncertainties there, a lot of unknowns", Ohio State co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said. "I think Ohio State would get the nod over Oklahoma as long as chalk holds". If Alabama beats Georgia, the Tide will go to a semifinal, Georgia will likely go to the Sugar Bowl and then Florida and LSU will be divided between the Peach and Fiesta Bowls. If Georgia pulls the upset it's hard to see Alabama dropping outside the top four. Alabama is at No. 1 followed by Clemson and Notre Dame.

Running back Karan Higdon guaranteed a win over Ohio State.

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