Ohio State hung on to survive Maryland to stay alive in the Big Ten and College Football Playoff hunts. What does it all mean to the college football world?
Considering what was on the line in a nothing of a week, that’s exactly the amazing game this Saturday needed.
At this point, though, after this performance who wants to see Ohio State in the College Football Playoff against an Alabama, Clemson, or even a Notre Dame? The secondary couldn’t make enough plays, the defensive line was shredded by the Terp O line, and the adjustments were nearly non-existent. But … the talent is still undeniable.
Who wants to face Dwayne Haskins and this offense?
But the Buckeyes are absolutely still alive. This might have been rocky, and this might have been close, but beat Michigan, beat Northwestern, and all of a sudden, it’s right on the doorstep. All they would need is an Alabama win over Georgia – or a Georgia Tech win over Georgia – and maybe an Oklahoma loss, and it’s all good.
Would 12-1 Washington State be in over 12-1 Ohio State? Nah … the win over Michigan – if it happens – trumps anything Wazzu could do. Oklahoma is the big problem for the Buckeyes. Considering the Purdue loss, and how ugly this game was, Oklahoma probably gets that No. 4 spot over OSU.
With that said, as I keep saying, if you want howling, if you want chaos, if you want a change to the College Football Playoff … leave out a Big Ten champion for a third straight year, especially one that goes 12-1.
Ohio State is going to be in the College Football Playoff if it goes 12-1. If it’s not, that means something historically weird has happened, considering 12-plus win Power Five champs are 13-for-13 at getting in.
Urban Meyer didn’t look right all game long. His actions, emotions, and pains looked like a coach who knows he has a heater of a team that just can’t seem to put it all together.
No, Dwayne Haskins isn’t going to win the Heisman, but he certainly positioned himself to be just ahead of Will Grier and Gardner Minshew as the No. 3 guy on the ballot. The defense couldn’t tackle, and he needed to come through with an epic late drive to keep the season alive, and … 28-of-38 for 405 yards and three scores with a pick six, and he ran 15 times for 59 yards and three scores.
That Buckeye defensive line, though, was worn as a hat by the Maryland offensive front. Anthony McFarland ran 21 times for 298 yards and two scores, tearing off big gash after big gash. It was a special performance by the Terps that came up just short because QB Tyrrell Pigrome couldn’t connect with an open receive for a two-point conversion.
Pigrome is going to be haunted by that missed throw for the rest of his life. He could probably hit that in his sleep. Left-handed.
Lost in the mix of the day was a heroic performance by JK Dobbins. With Mike Weber out for an undisclosed reason. There was a fumble on the way to a touchdown, but he carried the ball 37 times for 203 yards and a score.
Ohio State is 10-1 and deep in the College Football Playoff chase. It has a franchise NFL quarterback, tons of future pro players, it’ll be at home against a Michigan team that Urban Meyer absolutely owns, and … it’s going to be able to use the “no one believes in us” line for motivation.