Ohio State could see its College Football Playoff hopes dashed with a 45-23 home loss to Michigan. It was the Buckeyes’ second straight loss as they fall short of the Big Ten championship for another straight year. Post-game ex-Ohio State coach Urban Meier evaluated Ohio State’s chances of making the playoffs during a reaction show on FOX.
“Here you have to earn your spurs as a leader and player,” said Meyer. “It’s very easy when you’re 10-0 or 11-0 and you’re wiping out people. But I used to go like this – you gotta earn your stripes now, mate. the head coach, ryan daywhat he’s doing, the staff and the executives in that locker room. Are they a playoff team? I do not know. That’s a three touchdown loss. At home. I’m not sure. I think they’re talented, but I’m not sure.”
Saturday gave Ohio State a chance to make a statement after sleepwalking through a relatively weak schedule. The Buckeyes traded punches with their top rival and kept things tight for 45 minutes before things broke apart in a fourth-quarter nightmare.
Michigan beat Ohio State 21-3 in the last 15 minutes. Back race Donovan Edwards took over and rushed for touchdowns of 75 and 85 yards in the final frame. He finished the game with 22 carries for 216 yards and two touchdowns and made big improvements with Star Blake Corum dropped out due to a knee injury.
“That’s big,” Edwards said. “Great rivalry game. We knew what we had to do to win this game. We’ve been preparing for this game all season. So victory is a blessing from the Lord.”
The Wolverines finished their regular season 12-0 and will get some first-place votes in the polls this week. Michigan was led by a spectacular performance from the quarterback JJ McCarthy.
“I mean, of course there are some things I want back,” McCarthy told reporter Tom Rinaldi after the game. “There are some things I want back, but going out of here with a W – that’s all that matters. No matter what happens, we have the dub.”
McCarthy was 12 of 24 passing for 263 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 27 yards and a score.
“I mean, they were trying to stop our identity,” McCarthy said of what he was seeing from Ohio State’s secondary school that opened up opportunities for big games. “We are a powerful football team. They tried to stop the run, so we opened the passage deep.”
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Michigan plays Iowa, Illinois or Purdue in Indianapolis’ Big Ten Championship Game next week.
Sam Marsdale contributed to this report.