Ohio State came out roaring against Illinois in a blowout win. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Final Score: Ohio State 52, Illinois 14
Prediction: Ohio State 48, Illinois 10
Line: Ohio State -40, o/u: 56
That’s what you’re supposed to do, Ohio State.
There’s a lot not to like about the Ohio State College Football Playoff resume, but when it keeps on rolling to big, blowout wins when it looks like this, it’s not hard to envision the possibility that, on the right day, this might just be the best team in college football.
Of course, blowing away Illinois in a brutal rainstorm is hardly anything to jump up and down about, it’s apparently about the focus with this team.
It came out and hung 28 points on the board in the first quarter – it was locked in on Senior Day.
J.T. Barrett closed out his final game in Columbus with a nearly perfect performance, completing 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards and two scores, and ran for 33 yards and a score. Mike Weber looked the part with 108 yards and two scores on just 11 carries, and the team rolled for over 300 rushing yards with all of the parts working.
The Buckeye defense never let it get interesting. Again, there wasn’t any drama whatsoever, which was exactly what it was supposed to do, allowing 105 yards of total Illini offense. Chance Crouch hit 4-of-14 passes for 16 yards. After what they did to Michigan State, and now this, the Buckeyes are rolling at the right time, which means …
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
For yet another week, everything worked out well for Ohio State.
Wisconsin kept winning, which means a win in the Big Ten Championship would look that much better for the College Football Playoff committee.
Michigan looked mediocre offensively, and to put a bad-looking moment into football terms, losing QB Brandon Peters isn’t going to help the Wolverine cause.
So now Ohio State has to keep looking the part. It has to blow away Michigan, get into the Big Ten title game and roll though Wisconsin. It would be nice if Miami could beat Clemson in the ACC Championship to make sure two ACC teams aren’t in, but they’re still hanging around.
Considering how it looked just a few weeks ago against Iowa, it’s amazing that there’s still a chance. Now, it’s starting to look more and more like it’s reality.