Big Ten Championship 2017

Big Ten Championship 2017

Big Ten Championship 2017

No. 4 Wisconsin had its playoff aspirations nearly assuredly extinguished after its 13-game winning streak ended in front of a packed house at Lucas Oil Stadium. Davidson (10.9 points) tied a season low with five points and went 1-for-5 beyond the arc, ending a three-game stretch during which he drained 11 of his previous 19 3-point attempts. But J.T. Barrett and Co. aren't expected to go quietly, if the Buckeyes quarterback plays at all.

Running back J.K. Dobbins ran for 174 yards to carry the Buckeyes' offense.

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.

An interception by Wisconsin linebacker Jake Collinsworth had set up a touchdown that drew the Badgers to 24-21 with 12:39 remaining.

After Rafael Gaglianone's 46-yard field goal cut the Buckeyes' advantage to one score at 21-13, Dobbins broke through the line for another long gain. Wisconsin settled for three points after recovering a fumble at the Buckeyes' 11-yard line but netting just one yard on the possession.

Ohio State's close win puts them in a tough position for the final spot in the College Football Playoff. The Badgers were fourth in the most recent poll, and OSU also scored victories against No. 9 Penn State - which was ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press top 25 at the time - and No. 16 Michigan State.

However, that "2" in the loss column for Ohio State will make the decision very hard, especially since one of those losses was a 55-24 defeat to Iowa a month ago.

UW sought its 15th Big Ten title and first since 2012 on Saturday but left with its third conference championship game defeat in the past four years.

Ohio State's case presented without the Iowa loss made them an inarguable odd-man-out candidate in this particular hand. However, in the end, Ohio State's 31-point loss to Iowa was too much to overcome.

With Potter out, Wesson is the only healthy center on Ohio State's roster.

Barrett's status for the game is in question after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Sunday to remove a piece of torn cartilage in his right knee. It's not certain if or how much he'll play, but backup Dwayne Haskins performed well in Barrett's absence against MI and shouldn't be discounted if he's called into action again. Following the 2016 season, Clemson returned the favor with a 35-31 victory that came on Deshaun Watson's 2-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second remaining. The junior wide receiver came open over the middle, getting behind safety Joe Ferguson, and was untouched en route to his sixth scoring reception this season.

That a two-loss Buckeyes team was passed over shouldn't be stunning. He threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.

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