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AP Top 25: Alabama Jumps Ahead of Ohio State

05 December, 2017, 02:19 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins is tackled by Wisconsin's T.J. Edwards during the second half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game Saturday Dec. 2 2017 in Indianapolis

Now Ohio State has a Big Ten title to strengthen its case with the committee following the 27-21 win. Nick Bosa and the defensive line forced Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook to get the ball out quickly with their consistent pressure. "Seeing them celebrating on the field afterwards, that could have been us". But he couldn't finish the MI game because of a knee injury. That drew howls from those favoring conference champions being rewarded.

The Buckeyes exposed a UW defense that entered the game ranked first nationally in total defense.

That defense buckled down in the second half, however, and UW found ways to hang around.

"I feel like we're one of the best teams in the country", Barrett said on Fox after the win. "We all believed that we were going to score more points, that we were going to come back in that game".

The Badgers failed to finish the comeback, though.

I have maintained that Ohio State vs. Alabama amounted to splitting hairs.

UW appeared to have momentum when it drove to the Buckeyes' 43-yard line on its final possession, which began with 2:53 remaining, but a holding penalty on left tackle Michael Deiter put the Badgers in a hard situation that they couldn't recover from.

Ultimately, it was the Ohio State defense that gave them the edge over Wisconsin.

"I think our resume speaks for itself", quarterback J.T. Barrett said.

UW's defense rebounded on its next series when outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel floated into the flat just in time to step in front of a pass intended for wide receiver Benjimen Victor. An early Pick Six kept the Badgers in the game and provided just enough of a spark to keep hope alive.

Running back J.K. Dobbins ran for 174 yards to carry the Buckeyes' offense. The Buckeyes led 21-10 at half and looked ready to run away with it.

The Badgers and Buckeyes are playing for a possible playoff ticket.

"They made some plays, and certainly some big ones", UW coach Paul Chryst said. He did not play at all in losses to Gonzaga and Clemson. Ohio State won the Big Ten title, but it had two serious blemishes that diminished 11 wins - a 15-point home loss to now-No. 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.

Wisconsin: RB Jonathan Taylor.

It was Barrett's 34th touchdown pass this year and came and four plays after Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward intercepted Hornibrook for the game's initial turnover. He threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. That would shake up the bowl locations, but the sandwich game in the Rose Bowl seems more likely.


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