Iowa 55, Ohio State 24: What It Means For The College Football Playoff
Iowa just pulled off an all-timer of a shocker over Ohio State. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Final Score: Iowa 55, Iowa 24
Prediction: Ohio State 30, Iowa 14
Line: Ohio State -17.5, o/u: 52.5
Uhhhh, wha? Huh?! But … how did they … HOW?
Iowa isn’t this good.
The Hawkeyes running game was mediocre, ranking tenth in the Big Ten doing next to nothing. The offense was 103rd in the nation – and tenth in the Big Ten. The passing game was efficient, but the O line was just okay, points were hard to come by, and the team couldn’t stop losing fumbles.
The Iowa Hawkeyes were 126th in college football – and last in the Big Ten – in scoring in the red zone.
But all of a sudden, Tom Brady took over the Iowa offense.
Nathan Stanley was brilliant, throwing for 226 yards and five touchdowns, and the O line pitched a gem against one of the nation’s best defensive fronts.
The Ohio State coaching staff made a big deal about the team not coming up with a letdown after the Penn State win. But the running game was mediocre, the big plays weren’t there outside of one big pass to Johnnie Dixon, and the defense inexcusably melted down.
Iowa isn’t as good as it played, and Ohio State isn’t nearly as miserable as it looked. This was a whiff by the Buckeyes, plain and simple, but give the Hawkeyes credit. In their house against a good team, they were nearly perfect.
No, Iowa can’t win the Big Ten. It can, but Wisconsin would have to lose to Michigan and Minnesota, along with dropping next week’s game against the Hawkeyes. But a win like this 1) ensures bowl eligibility and 2) puts them in a stronger position for a better bowl performance.
And it proves that Kirk Ferentz and his coaching staff can still create a little magic once in a while.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
That’s it for Ohio State, and now it’s Badgers or bust for the Big Ten and the CFP.
Wisconsin will rise up as the No. 6 Buckeyes and No. 7 Penn State – who lost to Michigan State – drop like a rock.
It doesn’t matter if OSU steamrolls its way through the rest of the schedule, it’s over. However, it can still win the Big Ten championship by winning out. If it beats Michigan State next week, it’s all but guaranteed to get in as long as it doesn’t lose its last two games to Illinois and Michigan.