28 November, 2016
That slight shift mostly just emphasized something we've already been seeing: how dominant the top of the Big Ten is in the rankings. Those four losses will solve a lot, and here are my musings on the playoff picture. But if No. 7 Penn State beats Michigan State on Saturday and goes on to win the Big Ten championship, it would be 11-2 with a conference title and a head-to-head win over Ohio State.
This year, there's even more at stake when second-ranked Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) and No. 3 MI (10-1, 7-1) square off on Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus (noon, ABC). Penn State 8. Oklahoma 9.
Things would get murkier in this scenario if Washington were to win out and claim the Pac-12 title. For Michigan, it just has to defeat OSU to make it to the conference championship game to compete for a playoff berth.
'Our job is to win football games, ' USC coach Clay Helton said. That would put Penn State, not Ohio State, in the Big Ten championship game against either Wisconsin or No. 16 Nebraska. "The game of the century", Ohio State defensive end Jalyn Holmes said after the Buckeyes survived at Michigan State when the Spartans failed on a go-ahead two-point conversion attempt with less than five minutes remaining. SC (6-4); December 3 ACC championship game.
Of course, this is all under the assumption that Ohio State beats MI on Saturday, which should not be assumed. If the Buckeyes win Saturday, he would be the first coach to win his first five games in the series since Fielding Yost beat Ohio State for a fifth consecutive time in 1905.
In other words, enjoy the relative peace and serenity.
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"We have two weeks left in this regular season", Hocutt said. Two years ago, he was in the process of leading the Buckeyes to a win over the Wolverines when he suffered a broken ankle at the start of the fourth quarter.
Top-25 wins are based on current selection committee rankings. Clemson remains in control of its destiny in the Atlantic Coast Conference, with a rivalry date with SC preceding a return appearance in the conference championship game. Of course, Louisville lost to a Houston team that Oklahoma also lost to.
MI has 15 players from the state of OH, which is the largest population of players on the roster that do not call MI their home state. Ohio State has shut out MI 10 times, the most recent in 1962 (28-0). By no means would a 12-1 Washington be safe if the Big Ten makes an argument for two teams being in, but the Huskies have opportunities to add quality wins against Washington State and the Pac-12 South champion (Colorado or Utah).
The do-it-all player, who is as fast with the football as he is fierce without it, has rekindled memories of the way the Wolverines used Charles Woodson during its 1997 national championship season.
"If you want to be remembered here, you play well against Ohio State", Peppers said after practice Tuesday night. Boise State can't reach the Mountain West championship game on December 3 without a Wyoming loss Saturday. I think they were getting that offensive line to kind of grow and mature early on this season.
But, despite what's at stake in the upcoming matchup, both teams are more focused on maintaining their ground in the rivalry. That said, if MI replacement quarterback John O'Korn, filling in for injured starter Wilton Speight, can't handle the hot spotlight of the Horseshoe, OSU may not need more than two touchdowns to win. Oklahoma. Then we'd be forced to watch Oklahoma play Bama in the Peach Bowl, and I'd have an excuse to go to the Clermont.