Ohio State survives Wisconsin's comeback, wins Big Ten title

Arianna Baldassano Sconnie Sports Talk

Arianna Baldassano Sconnie Sports Talk

A win over the Buckeyes essentially guarantees Wisconsin a spot in the final four, but a loss just creates more confusion at the top of the rankings.

The Wisconsin Football team will face Ohio State tonight at Lucas Oil Stadium for the Big Ten Championship.

With Clemson more than likely holding onto the number one spot in the rankings, No. 3 Oklahoma (12-1, 9-1 Big 12) will likely move into second place in the final playoff rankings, revealed on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Big Ten championship games traditionally have been high scoring.

The Badgers (12-1) will learn their New Year's Six bowl fate later Saturday.

USA sportsbooks are likely favoring the Buckeyes over their higher ranked opponent due to the explosiveness of Ohio State's offense.

How healthy J.T. Barrett's right knee is after arthroscopic surgery on Sunday could have a huge impact on Ohio State's chances. The Buckeyes have won four of their last five games played indoors. The Buckeyes are putting up a whopping 43.8 points on offense as well as an astounding 529.8 yards. The Bulldogs were able to force key turnovers to keep the momentum on their side, including two fumbles and a blocked field goal. Running back Chris James's one-yard plunge cut the lead to five, and after a lengthy delay to fix a patch of ripped turf at the goal line, Hornibrook completed a two-point conversion throw to tight end Troy Fumagalli.

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.

Ohio State in 2013 would be an example of this.

The first three spots in the College Football Playoff are certainties. Bryant completed 23-of-29 passes for 252 yards, one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. The Buckeyes are a tad bit less impressive as they are allotting 19.8 points to their points as well as 291.8 yards.

Barrett's ledger also included a 57-yard touchdown pass to Parris Campbell and a one-yard scoring plunge. Both teams definitely feel the adrenaline pumping.

Terry McLaurin, an Indianapolis native, found the first cracks with an 84-yard catch-and-run that provided the first hints that team speed would be lopsided. Wisconsin also is trying to extend its school record undefeated season and claim its first Big Ten title since 2012. Barrett departed the game with a knee injury.

Wisconsin's defense countered that miscue shortly after when Van Ginkel stepped in front of Barrett's poor throw deep in Ohio State territory and returned it nine yards for a touchdown.

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

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