The entire year led to this one game. For Michigan, a win would mean staying in the mix of the CFP and continuing their revenge tour. For Ohio State, the game was all about making a statement against their biggest rival and proving to the committee that they still deserve to be in the talks for playoffs. It was Michigan’s number 1 defense versus Ohio States number 2 offense. A game of the year candidate and a deciding factor in how the CFP will playout was a complete blowout. Ohio State dominated the entire game and of course, came out with a win yet again. Their focus going forward will be beating Northwestern easily and impressing the committee enough to put them in above Oklahoma. This is now their most important game of the season.
OSU isn’t used to defeat, but these recent Buckeyes have adopted a painful trend: When they do lose, it always seems to be a blowout. It started with Clemson in the 2016 season when the Buckeyes lost 31-0 in the CFP semifinals. Since then it seems as if every loss is a blowout that hurts their season in the worst way. In almost a repeat of last years Iowa game, Ohio State fell to Purdue 49-20. Even at the beginning, you could see the pattern of all their blowout games already forming. A lower level Big Ten team was inserting their dominance on a usually explosive offense. Through the entire first half, you could tell the momentum was swinging toward Purdue every drive. There is always a hope that OSU can come back, but in these types of games they can never swing the momentum towards them for longer than a couple of plays. After this loss, Ohio States’ playoff hopes are in jeopardy and will need big losses by key teams to try to get back into it.