Ohio State earns Big Ten championship in overwhelming style

INDIANAPOLIS — Breaking down No. 6 Ohio State’s 59-0 Big Ten Championship win vs. No. 11 Wisconsin:

THE BIG PICTURE: That Florida State survived opposite Georgia Tech — descending behind early before pulling divided in a second half — deals Ohio State’s College Football Playoff hopes a near-fatal blow. But wish stays as a Buckeyes prepared for Sunday’s unveiling.

No, Ohio State won’t leapfrog forward of FSU, a dominant leader of a vital conference; a preference cabinet seems reluctant to hit a Seminoles out of a tip four. Instead, a Buckeyes can usually wish that Saturday night’s opening will be adequate to lift them above TCU and Baylor, a co-champions of a Big 12 Conference.

Here’s a bottom line: There’s zero some-more Ohio State could have finished to improved a College Football Playoff hopes. Wisconsin was ranked No. 11 in a Amway Coaches Poll; a Buckeyes done a Badgers demeanour like Purdue.

WHAT WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT: All Ohio State could do was concentration on a charge during hand: Wisconsin, a winners of a Big Ten West Division and a sole snag in Urban Meyer’s trail to his initial discussion pretension with a Buckeyes. This was mastery — diversion control, to bring a renouned metric.

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No, blemish that: This was a destruction. The Buckeyes owned both lines, floating a Badgers’ invulnerability off a round and negligence regulating behind Melvin Gordon. New quarterback Cardale Jones, a deputy for J.T. Barrett, looked anything though a first-time starter. In all phases, a Buckeyes done their strongest box for a berth in a College Football Playoff.

THE DECIDING PLAY: This diversion was won during a week, when Ohio State’s coaching staff devised an descent and defensive devise able of digest Wisconsin useless. More specifically, it was over early — maybe as early as a initial drive, when Jones showed adequate arm strength and correctness to break a Badgers’ defense. The subjection was on before a finish of a initial quarter.

BREAKOUT PLAYER: This was Jones with reduction than a week to prepared for a starting job. How prolific can he be when give some-more than 4 weeks to get prepared for Ohio State’s play opponent? He capped his day with 257 yards flitting and 3 touchdowns while regulating his 250-pound support to hurl over Wisconsin defenders while shredding a Badgers’ delegate downfield. Credit to Jones, for one, though credit as good to descent coordinator and quarterbacks manager Tom Herman, one of a tip assistants in a nation and a projected claimant for several pursuit openings opposite a Football Bowl Subdivision.

KEY STAT: Wisconsin entered Saturday permitting only 260.3 yards per game, a second-best symbol in a FBS. Ohio State burst that symbol early in a second quarter, had 364 yards during halftime and finished with 558, a many a Badgers had authorised all season.

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