The big wait: Ohio State's fate rests with playoff committee

Michigan tight end Jake Butt, sit on the snow-covered field after an NCAA college football game against Indiana in Ann Arbor Mich. Saturday Nov. 19 2016. Michigan won 20-10

The big wait: Ohio State's fate rests with playoff committee

The Nittany Lions' two losses are keeping them in a unique position where they might need one-loss schools such as Clemson or Washington to lose their respective conference championship games in order to qualify for the Playoff even though they have defeated Ohio State and can still win the Big Ten Conference title. After Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith tweeted his thanks to the school, MI responded: "This is much bigger than a rivalry". Facing a 4th and 1, Bucks quarterback J.T. Barrett ran a draw play inside and by the looks of it was a least a foot short of the marker but was immediately spotted as a first down. The first-down call stood up to video review.

"That is one of the classic games in this rivalry that will forever be", Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer said at his postgame press conference. And then, as if channeling his former coach, Bo Schembechler, Harbaugh added: "I'm bitterly disappointed with the officiating today".

On the next play, Samuel, who had made a swerving, change-of-direction run to set up the fourth-and-1, found a lane and raced into the end zone to win it.

The 113th meeting of Ohio State and MI became the first to go to overtime.

The Big Ten reprimanded MI coach Jim Harbaugh and fined the school $10,000 on Monday for violating the conference's sportsmanship policy by criticizing officials after the Ohio State game. At this point, though, Michigan's chance of making it into the College Football Playoff with two losses and no conference title game appearance seems to be small.

Wisconsin (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten, No. 6 CFP) turned in a stalwart defensive effort in the second half after getting outplayed in the first and falling behind by 10 points at halftime. MI has not won the Big Ten since 2004.

MI didn't knock off Ohio State on Saturday, but if there's such thing as a "good" loss - well, the Wolverines have the best one of the season.

Ohio State wiped out a 10-point third-quarter deficit and dominated the fourth quarter, but Tyler Durbin missed a 20-yard field goal to tie it with 7:01 remaining.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Austin MacGinnis made a 47-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to give Kentucky the upset victory over Louisville and Heisman Trophy favorite Lamar Jackson.

"I didn't do a lot of thinking, honestly", Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett said after the Buckeyes beat MI for a fifth straight time.

He also noted that Ohio State is in regardless.

"This is our one-game season coming up this Saturday", Gesicki said.

"How can you keep us out?" he said. Despite struggling in the passing game, Barrett has rushed for over 100 rushing yards in the past two games.

Multiple projections now have MI pegged for south Florida's New Year's Six option. Will Ohio State's strength of schedule, quality wins and "body of work" be enough in the eyes of committee members to put the Buckeyes into the four-team New Year's Eve playoff? If that were the case, MI could slide up to the Rose Bowl.

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