Thanks to a dominant 2nd half, Ohio State punches Playoff ticket after beating Wisconsin
The Big Ten Championship Game between Ohio State and Wisconsin was a tale of two halves.
The Badgers owned the first half and took the 21-7 halftime lead. At that point, folks were wondering what would happen if No. 1 Ohio State goes down to No. 8 Wisconsin.
However, things quickly changed in the second half, as the Buckeyes came to life. Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert caught a one-handed touchdown pass in the third quarter that seized all momentum for the Buckeyes, and they never looked back.
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The Buckeyes outscored Wisconsin 27-0 in the second half, and took control of the game. Momentum is huge in college football, and the Buckeyes had all of it. Ohio State defeated the Badgers 34-21.
Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields finished 19-of-31 for 299 yards passing and three touchdowns, while running back J.K. Dobbins carried 33 times for 172 yards and one touchdown.
So, now, the question becomes does LSU jump Ohio State for the No. 1 ranking? Mind you, the No. 1 ranked team has never won the Playoff; however, this year is important because LSU, Ohio State and Clemson all look elite, while Oklahoma — who will likely be ranked No. 4 — doesn’t look in the same class as the other three. The top seed in theory would play a lesser opponent in the Sooners.