Ohio State And Its Path To The Big Ten Championship Game

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Ohio State And Its Path To The Big Ten Championship Game

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Ohio State And Its Path To The Big Ten Championship Game


Ohio State is sitting at 4-0 in the conference but still has some roadblocks ahead — some more than others. Here’s a look at each opponent and what it means for the Scarlet and Gray’s chances of getting to Indy and beyond.


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As Ohio State just passed the midpoint of the season, it’s a good opportunity to take a look at what the rest of the season looks like, and what the picture in the Big Ten is looking like as the regular season comes to an end. What is the path to Indianapolis, and who poses the biggest threat?

Purdue (3-3)

Purdue has always posed a threat to Ohio State, no matter the year. It always seems to be a thorn to Ohio State, no matter the year or how good Ohio State is. The Buckeyes are definitely favored to win, and it shouldn’t be much of a contest. But  … in the college football truly anything is possible and upsets are always happening.

Bye Week

The Bye week is significant because it will give Ohio State much needed rest for the last couple games that are huge in regards to making sure that it’s playing in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game.

Michigan State (4-2)

Ohio State and Michigan State have had their bouts in recent years, with several showdowns, and even a match recently in the Big Ten Championship.  In recent years a bit of a rivalry has sparked since the Spartans have knocked off the Buckeyes in the regular season and the Big Ten Championship game. Remember cold pizza?

Nebraska (0-6)

Nebraska doesn’t pose too much of a threat because it has struggled so far this year. It should be as sure of a thing as possible in today’s day and age, but in November things can go a little crazy. There wouldn’t be much of a surprise though, if Ohio State was to win by 30 more, considering the dominance Ohio State has shown against inferior opponents. And yes, Nebraska is currently inferior until Frost begins to thaw the slide occurring in Lincoln.

Team From Up North (6-1)

Uh, yeah. This will be the biggest game of the year if Ohio State comes into the game unblemished. First of all, it’s The Game, and secondly, Michigan is especially good this year, with a defense some consider to be the best in the country — at least statistically.

Here’s the deal — if Ohio State wins out they will play in the Big Ten Championship game, end of story. If it loses against its rival, Michigan would get in, if the Maize and Blue come into the game with zero losses to anyone in the division. If Michigan loses to an opponent before Ohio State, but wins then the Wolverines would win the tie-breaker and it would be the same for Ohio State. Just like times of yesteryear, the deciding game might just be the Michigan game for a chance at further glory, which now looks like the Big Ten Championship.

The caveat in all of this is? If Michigan drops both of its next two games to division opponents and then beats Ohio State, Ohio State would still get in barring the only loss is to Michigan.

Further down the road, an interesting argument is that if Ohio State loses to Michigan and ends up going 11-1 after one of toughest strength of schedules in the country, would the selection committee choose Ohio State even though it didn’t make it the conference championship game? The last time that happened Ohio State got into the playoff but ended up getting shut out by Clemson.

 

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