|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe Ohio State Buckeyes were -30 favorites against the Indiana Hoosiers this Saturday in Columbus and needed to hold a huge win in order to become more favorable in the eyes of the playoff selection committee. However, the Buckeyes might be finding themselves in trouble as they failed to cover the spread in their 42-27 win. This is especially concerning to the Buckeyes as the four teams ahead of them in the playoff ranking system all won their games this weekend.
The Buckeyes were on an upset alert during the first half. The Buckeyes were only up 14-13 at the half. While the team got a quick 14-0 off of their first two possessions with a 65-yard touchdown run by Ezekiel Elliott and a touchdown pass to Jeff Heuerman, the Hoosiers caught up quickly. This was first through a touchdown run by Tevin Coleman and then by two field goals from Griffin Oakes. The Buckeyes also had two turnovers in the first quarter. The Buckeyes had another turnover in the second quarter as J.T. Barrett threw his second interception of the game.
The Hoosiers took a 20-14 lead midway through the third when Tevin Coleman had a 90-yard touchdown run. The Buckeyes answered a little later on in the quarter when Jalin Marshall ran a punt return 54 yards for a touchdown.
The Buckeyes would pull away from the Hoosiers as Barrett had three touchdown passes to Marshall in the fourth quarter. Tyvis Powell also had an interception for the Buckeyes. Coleman did get a 52-yard touchdown run to keep the game within twenty.
The Buckeyes had three turnovers but went 7-14 on third downs while J.T. Barrett went 25-35 with 302 passing yards. The Buckeyes also limited Zander Diamont to 114 passing yards with less than half of his passes being complete. 93 of his passing yards for the game went to Shane Wynn.
While the Buckeyes' playoff potential is still uncertain, they will be in the Big Ten title game. The 10-1 Buckeyes clinched the Big Ten East title over Michigan State and will play either Wisconsin or Michigan for the conference title.