Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

JT Barrett and Ohio State make their case with win over Wisconsin

JT Barrett and Ohio State make their case with win over Wisconsin

No. 8 Ohio State survived a late rally from No. 4 Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night, winning 27-21 after intercepting Wisconsin's Alex Hornibrook to seal the deal.

They can not know for sure until Sunday afternoon, but Ohio State went to bed believing it is one of the four best teams in the country. Ohio State and Alabama will be considerations for a final spot behind the likes of Clemson (ACC champs), Oklahoma (Big 12 champs) and Georgia (SEC champs).

Now owners of a Big Ten crown and a win over the Power Five's last undefeated team, Ohio State will sit back and hope the committee can overlook its 55-24 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes as final CFP deliberations wrap up.

Barrett completed just 12 of his 26 pass attempts for 211 yards, rushing for 60 yards and another score. on 19 attempts six days after undergoing surgery to fix a knee injury suffered in Ohio State's victory over MI. After a Badgers pick-six tied the game at seven, the Scarlet and Gray offense settled in.

Barrett's ledger also included a 57-yard touchdown pass to Parris Campbell and a one-yard scoring plunge. Ohio State had little trouble busting through on its way to building a big enough lead to survive Saturday night.

Also, part of Wisconsin's game plan every week is to keep the ball away from opposing offenses by handing the ball to the Big Ten's leading rusher, freshman Jonathan Taylor (1,806 yards). The abandonment of the run game combined with some easy missed throws by Barrett, including a tipped-ball interception, allowed the Badgers to claw their way back into the game.

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Wisconsin's defense countered that miscue shortly after when Van Ginkel stepped in front of Barrett's poor throw deep in Ohio State territory and returned it nine yards for a touchdown.

The Badgers and Buckeyes are playing for a possible playoff ticket. Wisconsin, however, lacked the firepower necessary to take full advantage of OSU's mistakes, with Buckeyes safety Damon Webb sealing the game with an interception as UW faced 4th-and-20 with 1:09 left on the clock. The Buckeyes haven't faced Wisconsin this season and it is interesting to see how much NCAA Football bookmakers are favoring Ohio State over Wisconsin, despite the fact that the Badgers have a better record and are now ranked high in the national rankings. On paper, their argument looked pretty good.

Two Big Ten teams coming off road wins over storied rivals will now face off in Indianapolis for the conference title.

Surprisingly to many, it was the Crimson Tide that got the final spot over Ohio State. Ten of Wisconsin's wins this season have come by 14 or more points and it has not trailed in the fourth quarter all season. The four playoff teams will be revealed at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday on ESPN.

Series record: Ohio State leads 58-18-5.

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