Big Ten Championship: A lot on the line for both teams

Big Ten Championship: A lot on the line for both teams

But if the Buckeyes capture their 36th conference title, they might need help to reach college football's final four. The fourth and final playoff spot likely will come down to Ohio State (11-2) or Alabama (11-1).

No. 4 Wisconsin had its playoff aspirations nearly assuredly extinguished after its 13-game winning streak ended in front of a packed house at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It's one of the most famous quotes in football, which has been attributed at one time or another to Woody Hayes, former Texas coach Darrell Royal, former Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty and even long-ago Tennessee coach Robert Neyland.

Buckeyes quarterback JT Barret underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Sunday after getting hurt in Ohio State's win over MI. The Bulldogs were able to force key turnovers to keep the momentum on their side, including two fumbles and a blocked field goal. The Buckeyes have won four of their last five games played indoors. Running back Chris James's one-yard plunge cut the lead to five, and after a lengthy delay to fix a patch of ripped turf at the goal line, Hornibrook completed a two-point conversion throw to tight end Troy Fumagalli.

An interception by Wisconsin linebacker Jake Collinsworth had set up a touchdown that drew the Badgers to 24-21 with 12:39 remaining. Ohio State had little trouble busting through on its way to building a big enough lead to survive Saturday night.

The Badgers' first loss removes them from the College Football Playoff equation, while it pushes the Buckeyes back in. Bryant completed 23-of-29 passes for 252 yards, one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown.

That effort, though, wouldn't have been possible without a signature outing from true freshman running back J.K. Dobbins.




Turnovers could also be big and not just because they can produce points.

The combination of Wisconsin's defense and the questions around Barrett's knee might make this one more of a low-scoring game.

"I feel like we're one of the best teams in the country", Barrett said on Fox after the win. Barrett departed the game with a knee injury.

The lead swung back to the Buckeyes courtesy of Barrett's 57-yard toss to running back Parris Campbell, who broke multiple tackles to score his third receiving touchdown of the season and conclude the scoring in a riveting first quarter.

The play with 6:31 left in the first quarter capped a 96-yard drive, the longest in terms of yards in Big Ten championship game history.

Wisconsin freshman Jonathan Taylor, the Big Ten's most productive rusher this season, managed only 41 yards for an offense that seemed more interested in trying to go around the Ohio State defense than through it.

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