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Paul Chryst's team could avenge its loss to the Wolverines in the Big Ten title game, which would put it in good position after an Ohio State loss to MI and no title game appearance by Penn State. But if MI loses to the Buckeyes, or even in the conference title game, I don't know if they get in.

The Stanford Cardinal may have defeated the Cal Bears on Saturday but that was not enough to convince the College Football Playoff Committee to move them up the rankings. But he and his proud program must upset Ohio State to show significant signs of progress this season. "The Game", has a long history. However, things get really interesting if No. 7 Penn State wins the conference crown, especially if Ohio State delivers MI a loss on Saturday.

If O'Korn is pressed into playing again and can't make the Buckeyes respect the pass, it is hard to envision the Wolverines being able to move the ball well enough only on the ground to earn a win. Oklahoma should jump a two-loss Clemson. No. 2 like it was 10 years ago, but this is pretty close. "It's a must-win game". "We don't go into the game thinking about what-ifs, we go into the game with a gameplan and you're expected to execute it". Will the Buckeyes prove to be too strong once again and notch their 12th win in their last 13 matchups?

Originally a walk-on for Bill O'Brien, Walker received a scholarship from James Franklin before the 2015 season and was then elected a team captain for the next two years. No. 15 Florida (8-2) or No. 16 Nebraska (9-2) could make a last-minute run.

This game is equally important for both coaches not just because of the rivalry, but because of the potential Playoff berth for the team that comes out on top.

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We get a chance each week to see some of the factors that will matter on December 4, when they produce that final Top 25, looking at complete bodies of work, applying the various tie-breakers if and when warranted, and setting the four-team field for the Playoff. But does Oklahoma State deserve to be ranked with the two-loss teams at all, especially fifth among those teams? If Ohio State beats MI and Penn State wins, it's hard to see the Buckeyes not making the playoffs. Each panelist enters a four-team ballot, with four points awarded for a No. 1 vote, three for a No. 2, two for a No. 3 and one for a No. 4. gives the Badgers an 86 percent chance to make the playoff if they win their final two games.

O'Korn and former Michigan QB Jake Ruddock visited the late Bo Schembechler's grave site Tuesday and smashed a buckeye nut with a maize and blue hammer.

Fiesta Bowl: No. 2 Ohio State vs. As a result, the Wolverines may have a tough time scoring against OSU's fourth-ranked defense in the country. How many teams would have a better case than OU? He went 7-16 for 59 yards and rushed the ball six times for 19 but all that matters is that MI won. This is a bit surprising, as West Virginia was the team that many considered the most disrespected by the committee coming into this week.

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