Ohio State whips Michigan State, Doesn't Do Enough to Move Up

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Ohio State whips Michigan State, Doesn't Do Enough to Move Up

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Ohio State whips Michigan State, Doesn't Do Enough to Move Up


Terry Johnson reviews Ohio State’s win over Michigan State and explains why it wasn’t enough to move the Buckeyes up in the College Football Playoff rankings.


While Ohio State beat Michigan State convincingly, it still won’t be enough to get the Buckeyes into the College Football Playoff.

That’s not to say that OSU didn’t play a great game against the Spartans. It did. The Buckeye special teams were the difference in this contest, repeatedly downing the ball inside the 5-yard line, which helped turn a close game into a laugher. Likewise, the defense dominated the point of attack for the most of the afternoon, limiting Michigan State to 4.15 yards per play. And, while the offense struggled for most of the first half, it was able to run 106 yards in the second half. That’s an outstanding effort against the best run defense in the nation, which came into the game allowing just 71.67 yards per game.

While the numbers above speak for themselves, they’re not enough to get OSU into the College Football Playoff.

Let’s be honest: the loss to Purdue put Ohio State squarely behind the proverbial eight ball. In order to make the field with one loss, the Buckeyes would need to beat everyone decisively. This became even more imperative last week, as OSU narrowly beat lowly Nebraska.

To be frank, I don’t know that the Buckeyes made a big enough statement against Michigan State. Yes, Ohio State won decisively. However, it still struggled on the offensive line. In fact, the struggles were so apparent that the TV commentators questioned whether the Buckeyes needed to accept that they were a drop back offense or if they should use more to the quarterback runs.

On the other side of the ball, Ohio State might not get much credit for the job it did against Michigan State. While the Buckeye D limited MSU to 4.15 yards per play, Michigan held it 1.84 yards per play. Don’t think that the Selection Committee won’t take this into account.

Honestly, I fear that the committee won’t give Ohio State credit for this victory. Instead, it will assume that Michigan State beat itself by making mistakes and turning the ball over.

In other words: I’m not certain that the Buckeyes did enough to move up from the number ten spot. I hope that I’m wrong, but we will see on Tuesday when the next set of rankings come out.

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