Wisconsin finishes sixth in final College Football Playoff rankings

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is

The Ohio State Buckeyes held off Wisconsin and claimed their first Big Ten Championship since 2014, winning 27-21 on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Whether the committee buys the Buckeyes' argument is a question we won't know the answer to until Sunday afternoon.

The Buckeyes lost 55-24 at unranked Iowa nearly exactly a month ago, but coach Urban Meyer said the totality of Ohio State's schedule warrants a top four spot.

Whether or not the Buckeyes' play was befitting of a top-four team will be up to the College Football Playoff committee to decide. It will likely be between the 11-2 Buckeyes and 11-1 Alabama for the playoff's final spot.

Big Ten championship games traditionally have been high scoring.

Turnovers plagued the Ohio State offense, with senior quarterback J.T. Barrett throwing two interceptions.

The Buckeyes started the season with an injured Mike Weber and relied early on true freshman rusher J.K. Dobbins. If reason were to follow, the Buckeyes win in the conference title game would have created the separation necessary to get them in.

After the Barrett interception, Wisconsin cut the deficit to 24-20 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Chris James with 12:39 left in the fourth quarter.

That would not be the case however, as the Ohio State offense stalled for the entirety of the second half. Trailing by six points with less than three minutes on the clock, Wisconsin took over the the ball at its own 29-yard line, but failed to score a touchdown to steal the game.

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The Wisconsin Badgers have quite literally badgered their way into this championship game by posting an undefeated 12-0 record throughout the regular season.

The Buckeyes have won nine games by double digits this season, which makes their 55-24 loss at Iowa on November 4 more befuddling with each week. In addition, they can point to Penn State past year and Stanford in 2015.

Will close wins over Wisconsin and Penn State be impressive enough to erase the blowout loss to Iowa?

The Badgers allowed three plays of 50 or more yards in their first 12 games.

Ohio State's defensive line is among the best in the country and Urban Meyer says OSU's offensive line might be the unit playing the best on the team right now.

He practiced Thursday, and Meyer said he was cleared to play. But if Barrett needs to come out, they will turn to Haskins, a redshirt freshman, who was good in relief last week against MI and could try to duplicate Cardale Jones' fill-in performance in the 2014 title game against Wisconsin.

So, will unpredictable Ohio State show up tonight in Indianapolis? So would Wisconsin scoring 70 against Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten title game.

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.

Now Ohio State awaits its fate.

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