COLUMBUS, Ohio — The passengers on the southbound bus were already in a celebratory mood. Another perfect regular season was in the books, a spot in the Big Ten championship had already been secured for next week and, of course, Ohio State had just beaten archrival Michigan a few hours earlier.
Ohio State receiver captures scene on team bus after Auburn knocked off Alabama (Video) (Dr. Saturday)
Not only did Auburn’s thrilling last-second victory over Alabama knock the Crimson Tide out of the national championship hunt and catapult the Tigers right into the thick of things, the unlikely finish gives the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes an inside track to a spot in the title game for the time-being.
The 110th game between Ohio State and Michigan might have been the most thrilling, a back-and-forth affair that came down to one final play. The Wolverines went for the win – and the Buckeyes stayed undefeated.
No. 3 Ohio State came into its game against Michigan as 16-point favorites. After surviving a furious Wolverines rally, the Buckeyes left as one-point victors. Two of college football’s fiercest rivals staged an absolute classic in Ann Arbor, Mich., as the Wolverines (7-5) used an inspired offense to push the Buckeyes (12-0) to the brink of a huge upset. It all came down to one play. In the end, Ohio State found an answer to secure a much-needed 42-41 victory and, in turn, stay alive in the race for a national title. Here’s what we learned from Ohio State’s closer-than-expected win.
Ohio State looked nothing like a national championship contender on Saturday, stopping a two-point conversion with 32 seconds left to win at hated Michigan, 42-41, despite a porous and troubling defensive effort. The Buckeyes’ season so far has been one long game of Seek and Hyde: It is seeking a BCS National Championship on the strength of running back Carlos Hyde. To this point, that has worked out just fine. The Buckeyes are 12-0, and in their two toughest games, at Northwestern and Michigan, Hyde has been by far the best player on the field, rushing for a combined 394 yards on 53 carries (7.4 YPC). The 226 yards he totaled in Saturday’s win were the most a Buckeye has ever rushed for against Michigan, according to Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch: But every single one of those 226 yards—and especially his sole touchdown, which proved to be the game-winning score—was imperative, and therein lies the problem with this team, its makeup and its bid for a national title. The defense was softer than a melted bowl of ice cream, puddled into a tepid mass of soup after being left on the table overnight. The coverage holes were so vast and gaping that you could hear each footstep echo. The unit ceded 603 yards to Michigan, which couldn’t muster 176 in three of its previous four games. Things need to get better—much better. And fast. Otherwise, if this team gets shut out of the BCS National Championship Game, despite the potential 13-0 record,…
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The preliminaries are over for the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes after using the arm and legs of quarterback Braxton Miller to beat the Indiana Hoosiers 42-14 in snowy Ohio Stadium on Saturday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hoosiers and history are on the checklist for No. 4 Ohio State this Saturday.The Buckeyes carry a 22-game winning streak into their one-sided series against Indiana – the longest active major-college streak.
Ohio State is running out of time to more favorably position itself for the national title game.While Saturday’s home contest against Indiana should provide the fourth-ranked Buckeyes with a good chance to extend the nation’s longest winning streak, defeating the overmatched Hoosiers probably won’t make a big impression.