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

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Ohio State 7. MI 8.

Can the Buckeyes vault past the Sooners if both win Saturday?

A win also would complete an undefeated Big Ten season for MI for the first time since 1997 when it last won a national championship.

After a most unusual regular season for Ohio State, it was business as usual against MI. "I always thought we had Big Ten Championship hopes, playoff hopes, maybe that got in the way a little bit".

The top-ranked conference champion from the Group of 5 leagues automatically earns a spot in one of the access bowl games. Ohio State just seems more dysfunctional.

Michigan's loss opens the door for teams on the outside looking in. But hats off to them.

No. 10 in this week's Associated Press poll, will play Utah (9-3) in Friday's Pac-12 championship game. The Wolverines were favored after Ohio State struggled mightily with middling Big Ten team Maryland last week before pulling it out in overtime. They scored on special teams and intercepted passes.

"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. The Buckeyes had 249 rushing yards, and they blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.

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The photo shows the school's mascot dressed in what appears to be a Confederate uniform holding a Confederate flag. Hyde-Smith and her campaign said the comment was a bad joke, and the Republican senator later apologized .

MI receiver Nico Collins just sighed heavily and shrugged.

"I was pretty calm going into that situation", Haskins said as he prepared to face MI for the first time as a starter today. The Knights moved up one spot to No. 8 but remain behind two-loss MI, a team that was embarrassed a week ago.

"We'll come back motivated and make darn sure it doesn't happen again", Harbaugh said.

Not only did MI lose, it got banged up.

MI linebacker Devin Bush Jr. wasn't just the heart and soul of the Wolverines defense. He was helped off the field and wasn't able to put any weight on his legs. Tight end Zach Gentry got a concussion.

Ohio State won the Big Ten East on Saturday with the 62-39 rout over the Wolverines and has a chance for a second consecutive Big Ten title if it can beat No. 21 Northwestern in the conference championship Saturday.

The CFP selection committee will announce its top four playoff teams and the rest of the New Year's Six matchups on Sunday. "And to come back against your rival and play like that, that's a focused team that loves each other and cares about each other".

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