Ohio State or Alabama for final spot?

Ohio State or Alabama for final spot?

No. 4 Wisconsin's playoff hopes likely rest in its ability to beat No. 8 Ohio State for the title, therein silencing the strength-of-schedule critics with a ideal 13-0 record for the first time in school history.

Place kicker Sean Nuernberger's 20-yard field goal with 5:20 to play in regulation provided the final margin for the Buckeyes, who held on thanks to a pair of defensive stands down the stretch. Wisconsin also is trying to extend its school record undefeated season and claim its first Big Ten title since 2012.

The win, which was buoyed by a slew of explosive plays from the Buckeyes' speedy skill position players, figures to incite tremendous debate among the College Football Playoff selection committee in advance of Sunday's final rankings reveal. If Ohio State was to make the playoffs, it could set up a possible rematch with Oklahoma in the national championship, if both the Buckeyes and Sooners made it past the semifinals.

He practiced Thursday, and Meyer said he was cleared to play. When he has been good this season, he's been very good. "We wanted to finish this game, and we came up short". The Buckeyes could really use his mobility against one of the nation's stingiest defense.

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Kickoff for the Big Ten Championship game is at 7:17 p.m.at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Freshman backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, an All-Met at Bullis High, performed admirably in relief last week but watched from the sideline as Barrett marched onto the field to start the game. ACC champion Clemson will keep its No. 1 ranking and play in the Sugar Bowl, while Big 12 victor Oklahoma and SEC champ Georgia likely will be ranked second and third and play each other in the Rose Bowl. Heading into Saturday's game, Clemson ranked sixth in the country in total defense, holding teams to an average of 283.3 yards per game. The Buckeyes led 21-10 at half and looked ready to run away with it. Ten of Wisconsin's wins this season have come by 14 or more points and it has not trailed in the fourth quarter all season.

Though Auburn's turnover struggles definitely aided the Georgia offense, the Bulldogs were also able to establish the run game, resulting in possession control for 33 minutes compared to Auburn's 27 minutes Georgia's running backs combined for 238 yards, with freshman D'Andre Swift contributing 88 yards and one touchdown in the victory. If reason were to follow, the Buckeyes win in the conference title game would have created the separation necessary to get them in.

UW couldn't get much going offensively before that fourth-quarter score, as six of its drives through three quarters lasted four plays or less. Denzel Ward was every bit of a future first-round draft pick, recording two passes defensed to go along with his first quarter interception.

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