ESPN's 538 Projects College Football Playoff After Ohio State-Michigan Game

Toby Graves
Ноября 28, 2016

The stakes are high more often than not during the annual showdown between Ohio State and MI. The Buckeyes offense was stagnant for much of the contest, as junior quarterback JT Barrett struggled to find holes in the MI secondary, completing just 15-32 passes for 124 yards and an interception in the game.

Ohio State's double overtime win over MI served as a de facto playoff quarterfinal, one of many results from the final full week of the 2016 regular season that helped figure things out.

Saturday's matchup was the first overtime contest between the two bitter rivals.

Tyler Davis added a second-quarter field goal for Penn State which won its eighth straight game.

Not since 2006, when the No. 1 Buckeyes beat the No. 2 Wolverines, 42-39, had they squared off so evenly matched. The sophomore struck a Heisman pose after a tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. "He made another 3 tonight and it's just a matter of time for him to break out". McSorley carried the load, hitting 17 of his 22 passes for 376 yards and running back Saquon Barkley gave the Lions their first lead by bashing ahead one yard to cross the goal line late in the second quarter.

Best effort: Barkley hurdled the Michigan State defensive line, ala Richie Anderson (circa 1989-91), for a 1-yard touchdown that gave the Lions a 10-9 lead with 2:14 left in the first half.

But this victory took more. "I know this rivalry as well as anybody and that game's right in there". "I'm very humbled to be a part of it", Meyer said. "You can't ask for better efforts". We have great players. If you can't get that we're not a championship team anyway. The Wolverines had to win the Big Ten to make it in, and that's no longer an option.

The Buckeyes clinched at least a share of the Big Ten East Division championship and improved to 5-0 in overtime games with Urban Meyer as coach. "I just looked around and, man, that just happened". "She asked me to pick up a gallon of milk".

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Things weren't so cheery in the opposing media room, though.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer shouts to his players against MI during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

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Barrett scored on a quarterback draw and Ohio State's first possession of OT to give the Buckeyes the lead, but MI tied it on a 5-yard touchdown pass on fourth down from Wilton Speight to Amara Darboh.

"I don't think it's anything long-term, hopefully, but we can't use that as an excuse and use that as a crutch", George Washington interim coach Maurice Joseph said. Now, Penn State has all but locked up a major bowl bid and will play Wisconsin for its first Big Ten title since 2008.

"I never rooted for Ohio State".

Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from week 13 of the college football season.

The Buckeyes now have the best percent chance of any team to reach the College Football Playoff, while the Wolverines' chances of making it have nearly evaporated.

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