No. 4 MI (10-1, 8-0, No. 4 CFP) likely will make its first trip to the College Football Playoff if it beats Ohio State and then takes care of Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. Who will get in after the title games are played this weekend? There were no video replays from game coverage confirming the ball was tossed forward and not handed off, so the initial ruling of a rush stood.
A hot debate between Oklahoma and Ohio State will be clarified when the playoff committee unveils its weekly rankings. The Buckeyes had the horseshoe rocking when Haskin found Johnnie Dixon wide open for a 31-yard score to go up 21-6 with 3:18 left in the first half.
So, how did TB12 take his alma mater's humiliating loss?
"I think going into the season there was a lot of uncertainties there, a lot of unknowns", Ohio State co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said. "We have a chance for an (11-win season)", Patterson said.
Ohio State and Oklahoma were able to find out who was better on the field in each of the past two seasons. Meyer has often looked pained and exhausted on the sideline. Linebacker Devin Bush went down with what Harbaugh said was a hip injury. "And to come back against your rival and play like that, that's a focused team that loves each other and cares about each other". MI alum Tom Brady felt good going into Saturday's game because MI was favored.
Michigan: The Wolverines will likely still get into a New Year's Six bowl. MI was ranked No. 4 in the AP Top 25 and holding onto one of the top spots in the College Football Playoff. Maybe the Rose if Ohio State is in the playoff.
With a defense that ranks 12th in the nation in total defense allowing 304 yards per game and 10th in scoring allowing only 17.2 points per game, the Bulldogs could follow in the footsteps of LSU and Mississippi State this season in holding this juggernaut offense to under 30 points. Oklahoma has a better loss, but Ohio State has a better win.