Based on how the committee views both MI and Ohio State - and by extension the entire Big Ten - the ramifications of Saturday's game will be felt throughout the top six of the rankings, with the exception of Alabama. The rivalry game coming up with Washington State is huge, and Washington State has one of the best passing attacks in the country.
The third-ranked Wolverines (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) have a chance to change the conversation Saturday against the second-ranked Buckeyes (10-1, 7-1) in the Horseshoe, where they haven't won since 2000.
Ohio State is favored by about a touchdown perhaps in part because the Wolverines may be without standout quarterback Wilton Speight, who missed Saturday's 20-10 win over in with an injured left shoulder. The Wolverines has outgained their opponents by 205.4 yards per game.
The Buckeyes have a new cleat for this week's game. Mostly on the strength of a talented defensive line that has solid depth. Always got to get better.
MI has more experience at the outside skill positions on offense and also has at its disposal the multitalented Jabrill Peppers, who plays defensive back but also returns kicks and takes some snaps on offense.
"We were obviously aware of the conditions in which that game was played, but continue to be very impressed with Ohio State".
That puts unbeaten Western Michigan in the best position to go to the Cotton Bowl if it wins the Mid-American Conference, but still in danger of being nudged out if Boise State wins its conference.
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What happened in Happy Valley? And it's true that if the Gators beat Florida State and then Alabama in the SEC championship, they'd probably get into the Playoff.
What makes Peppers so valuable is his ability to be used in so many ways. The junior linebacker/defensive back does more than just play those two positions for the Wolverines.
Meyer, 52, said he approaches the rivalry the way Schembechler and Hayes did and wants his Ohio State teams to harken back to the Buckeyes of his youth. Barrett is not particularly fast or elusive, but he is adept at finding space and picking his way through defenses, especially on designed running plays. For the second straight week, he'll bring a little extra to the matchup and try to produce another big game.
As we have come to find out this season, Ohio State's offense is very dependent on the weather conditions. Hoke disliked Ohio State so much he wouldn't say "State" when mentioning the school and couldn't recall wearing red. And he has scored seven rushing TDs and seven receiving TDs. But it will be fun to see how often he and Samuel directly cross paths.
Backup quarterback John O'Korn looked less than impressive against IN last week. The BSB staff came up with five things to watch for when OSU plays MI.
What do you make of O'Korn's statement? He runs to and often through contact. The Buckeyes ended up hiring Woody Hayes, a young coach from Miami (Ohio), to take his place. Cashman began the season playing mostly on special teams. There's a possibility "team chaos" pays college football teams another visit in the final weeks of 2016, which would make things a lot more complicated for the committee, who'd then wish we were back in the days of computers calling the shots.
They have all performed at All-America levels. Wide receivers have become mostly supporting players.