Ohio State Demolishes Michigan, States Case For College Football Playoff

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Ohio State Demolishes Michigan, States Case For College Football Playoff

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Ohio State Demolishes Michigan, States Case For College Football Playoff


Terry Johnson looks back at OSU’s win over “That Team Up North” and explains why it makes the Buckeyes one of the four best teams in the country.


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Ohio State demolished TTUN and stated its case for the College Football Playoff.

Make no mistake about it: the Buckeyes dominated this contest from the opening whistle. Ohio State moved the ball through air with ease to take an early 7-0 lead. While TTUN answered with a pair of field goals, OSU scored twice more to turn the game into a laugher.

Although a special teams miscue let the Wolverines get back into the game shortly before halftime, Ohio State scored 17 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. The Buckeyes could have scored once more in the final minutes of the contest, but opted to take a knee rather than rub salt on the proverbial wound.

In other words: Ohio State finally got the signature win it needed to get back into the College Football Playoff picture.

Was it enough to move into the top four?

I think it is.

For starters, several of the other teams in front of Ohio State suffered some setbacks earlier this weekend. Obviously, the Buckeyes’ win is more than enough to elevate them over TTUN. Washington State lost by two touchdowns to three-loss Washington, which will knock the Cougars out of contention.

Central Florida remained undefeated, but lost quarterback McKenzie Milton to a gruesome injury. Without his presence in the lineup, there’s no way the committee can logically conclude that the Knights are a more complete team than Ohio State.

That leaves Georgia, LSU, and Oklahoma as the final three contenders for the coveted fourth spot. Since the Selection Committee told us last season that the number of losses matter, Georgia and LSU will be out of the running since the Tigers already have two defeats and Georgia will have two after the SEC championship game next weekend.

If it comes down to Ohio State versus Oklahoma, the Buckeye victory over TTUN will propel OSU to the top. The Selection Committee stated on several occasions that the Sooners will get the benefit of the doubt because their offense is explosive enough to overcome their terrible defense.

If that’s true, then the Buckeyes proved that they’re the better team. Remember, the Wolverine defense came into the game as the No. 1 defense in the nation. Ohio State racked up 567 yards of total offense and came within an eyelash of scoring 70 points.

Isn’t that more impressive than putting up stellar numbers against a so-so Big 12 defense?

Of course it is!

That my friends, is why I think Ohio State should move into the No. 4 spot when the finals rankings are unveiled. The Buckeyes proved Saturday afternoon that they can score points on anybody. As long as the defense and special teams continue to come up with big plays — something both units have done often this season — OSU has enough talent to win the national championship.

If that doesn’t sound like one of the four best teams, I don’t know what does.

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