Ohio State 48, Michigan State 3: What It Means For The College Football Playoff – Is Ohio State Still In The Race?
Ohio State showed up against Michigan State with a blowout win. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Game Preview & Prediction
Final Score: Ohio State 48, Michigan State 3
Prediction: Ohio State 34, Michigan State 24
Line: Ohio State -14.5, o/u: 55
No, really. Is Ohio State still alive in the College Football Playoff chase?
With Washington losing to Stanford last night, yes, Ohio State might be able to make a case if everything goes haywire. But with this performance, yup. OSU once again showed that it just might be a part of the chase. More in a moment.
Of course, the big question around this Ohio State team is consistency. How could it be this amazing against a strong Michigan State team, and that awful in the loss to Iowa?
The Buckeyes came out roaring from the start with the offensive line and running game getting going from the first drive. Mike Weber finally had his breakout moment with 162 yards and two scores, and J.K. Sobbins tore off 124 yards.
Michigan State is the tough guy team that had to keep the score low, and it allowed 335 rushing yards and eight yards per carry.
Red-hot Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke threw 36 passes, but only came up with 131 yards with two picks. The Spartans finished with 195 yards of total offense.
No, J.T. Barrett didn’t get back into the Heisman race. He was fines with 55 rushing yards and two scores, but he only completed 14-of-21 passes for 183 yards and two scores with two picks. The game was about the rushing attack.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
In the whole Ohio State Might Be One Of The Four Best Teams discussion, it just made another case.
So can the Buckeyes get into the CFP with two losses? Here’s how this would work.
– Notre Dame has to lose once more.
– The Buckeyes have to win the Big Ten title over a Wisconsin team that can’t have more than one loss.
– The Buckeyes have to be dominant.
– Oklahoma needs to be out of the picture. It somehow has to lose two more times.
– The SEC Championship loser can’t be 12-0 going into the conference title game.
SEC Champion, one-loss ACC champion, one-loss Big 12 champion … two-loss Big Ten champion.