Big Ten championship has huge implications for Ohio State

Elena Summers
November 28, 2018

With the Sooners and Buckeyes breathing down their neck, the Bulldogs probably need to win to get in. Over the final month of the season, more pundits questioned whether Urban Meyer had lost a grip on his team than whether this team was actually playoff-worthy. Oklahoma ranks No. 34 in strength of schedule; Ohio State ranks No. 48.

Running back Karan Higdon guaranteed a win over Ohio State. Ohio State had struggled at times this season, especially on defense, and was holding on at No. 10.

But that's a big if, right? Three of those teams are virtual locks to get in no matter what happens this week: Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame.

Even if Dwayne Haskins Jr. never plays another down for Ohio State his name will live in Buckeyes lore.

There's one more ranking that should be noted this week, and that's UCF.

The Wolverines were two victories away from their first conference championship since 2004 and a trip to the College Football Playoff, facing an underdog Ohio State team that has looked discombobulated on defense and one-dimensional on offense for much of the season.

Several current and former MI players and a one other prominent figure took to social media to react to Bush's big time accomplishments, and WolverinesWire accumulated some of the responses. Over its past two games, UCF has given up 23 total points and played its best football of the season. The teams will meet again on Saturday for the Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. After the game, coaches and players said the ball was flipped from Haskins to Campbell, which makes it a forward pass.

"While they may have had to change their approach, it was still effective and they won a game 38-10". "Basically, what I did was I thought we could win with the talent that we had, and obviously the guys proved me right, so I'm proud of them for that".

The issue wasn't relevant past year since the Sugar Bowl was one of the national semifinals, negating its usual contractual obligation to match the best non-playoff teams from the SEC and Big 12.

That's why the Mountain West championship game between No. 22 Boise State and No. 25 Fresno State now has even greater meaning. With a win, the Knights will most likely be headed to their second consecutive New Year's Six access bowl game.

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