Ohio State's conference title not enough for playoff berth

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The senior aggravated his already sore right knee last week in a 31-20 win against MI when a cameraman tried to squeeze by him on the sideline, an incident that drew condemnation from Coach Urban Meyer during Ohio State's postgame news conference.

No. 8 Ohio State survived a late rally from No. 4 Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night, winning 27-21 after intercepting Wisconsin's Alex Hornibrook to seal the deal.

I thought Ohio State would be picked because this would have been the most expedient result for the committee.

"As we saw Alabama play week in and week in out, the selection committee believed Alabama was the better football team, " committee chair Kirby Hocutt, the athletic director at Texas Tech, told ESPN. That drew howls from those favoring conference champions being rewarded.

They can not know for sure until Sunday afternoon, but Ohio State went to bed believing it is one of the four best teams in the country.

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UW's defense rebounded on its next series when outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel floated into the flat just in time to step in front of a pass intended for wide receiver Benjimen Victor.

UW entered Saturday's game having allowed just three plays of 50-plus yards this season, but the Badgers surrendered four such plays to Ohio State.

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Moving somewhat gingerly in the pocket, the senior signal-caller tossed a pair of interceptions-including a first-quarter pick-six and a costly third-quarter duck that flipped field position and paved the way for the Badgers to trim the deficit to 24-21 with 12:39 remaining in the fourth.

Two drives later, UW surrendered yet another massive gain when Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins shook off a tackle at the line of scrimmage before running 77 yards to the Badgers' 1-yard line.

"They made some plays, and certainly some big ones", UW coach Paul Chryst said.

Despite the hype around Miami's defense, Clemson had better defensive play- holding the Hurricanes to just 214 total yards and forcing three turnovers. "We lost our poise and that was the end of the game", junior forward Keita Bates-Diop said after his Buckeyes surrendered an 11-point lead early in the second half versus Clemson.

Wisconsin: RB Jonathan Taylor. Hornibrook completed 19-of-40 passes for 229 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Wisconsin's defense countered that miscue shortly after when Van Ginkel stepped in front of Barrett's poor throw deep in Ohio State territory and returned it nine yards for a touchdown.

Despite the loss, UW will now likely head to a New Year's Six Bowl game, the matchup and location of which is set to be released Sunday.

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