After their demoralizing beatdown of MI this past weekend, Urban Meyer and Ohio State earned their spot in the Big 10 Championship Game against Northwestern, but it looks like starting senior right guard Demetrius Knox won't be playing in the do-or-die game. His 36 touchdown passes are tied for first in the country. Each routed a so-so mid-major (OU beat Florida Atlantic, Ohio State beat Tulane).
"Obviously, we saw talent but weren't sure. They played a hell of a game".
The anticipation leading into the newest College Football playoff selection committee's rankings ratcheted up once Ohio State beat MI.
MI has had a solid season.
The Buckeyes came into the annual rivalry game with a Swiss cheese defense that has given coach Urban Meyer headaches in the past month.
"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. Here is the kicker in all this: UCF must beat Memphis in the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday, without Milton, to secure a New Year's Six game, because the rules state that the top-ranked Group of 5 champion gets that spot. Maybe the Rose if Ohio State is in the playoff.
MI had one final stop on its Revenge Tour, but the venue was booked.
Ohio State and Oklahoma were able to find out who was better on the field in each of the past two seasons. They have been increasingly confident publicly.
This season for Ohio State has been anything but normal, beginning with its celebrated coach suspended for three games. Linebacker Devin Bush, wearing a revenge tour hat, said a win would mean everything.
Last season set a precedent, when one-loss non-champion Alabama made it, and ended up winning the national title.
Then the Buckeyes hung 62 points on the best defense in the nation.
"We haven't beaten them in a while", Bush said.
AP sportswriter Larry Lage contributed from Ann Arbor, Mich.