|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe Ohio State Buckeyes won their third straight game against the Michigan Wolverines and their twelfth in their last fifteen with their rival as they won 42-28 in Columbus. However, a major injury could hurt the Buckeyes' playoff chances.
The game was very close in the first three quarters as it was tied at 14 each at the half. Neither team had a lead of more than one touchdown at the time. The Buckeyes had early momentum in the first minute after Vonn Bell intercepted a pass that led to a touchdown a few minutes later. The Wolverines had a brief lead but J.T. Barrett had a 25-yard touchdown run near the end of the first half to tie it up. The two teams also traded touchdowns at the start of the third quarter.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, J.T. Barrett suffered a broken ankle after a running play. He is expected to be out for the reason of the season. This prompted Cardale Jones, a sophomore who made controversy earlier this year on Twitter by saying that he did not come to Ohio State to “play school” and that classes to him were “pointless,” to take over at the helm.
The Wolverines were limited to a punt on the next possession after the injury. While Jones went 2-3 for seven passing yards on his first full possession, he did have a 18-yard run. Ezekiel Elliott eventually had a 44-yard touchdown run on that drive. On the next possession, the Wolverines' Devin Gardner was sacked by Joey Bosa. Bosa forced a fumble on the play which was returned by the Buckeyes' Darron Lee for a touchdown.
Barrett and Elliott both had two rushing touchdowns for the Buckeyes. For the Wolverines, Drake Johnson had two rushing touchdowns from 74 yards. Devin Gardner went 22-32 for 233 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Buckeyes did not get near the spread as they were -20 favorites.
The Wolverines' 5-7 season is over but the Buckeyes will be playing for the Big Ten championship on Deceber 6. They will be competing against Wisconsin in Indianapolis.