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Buckeyes win Big Ten title, earn Playoff bid
Ohio State sputtered out of the locker room early and fell behind 14-0 to an inspired Wisconsin team. The Buckeyes were seemingly sleep-walking through the first half before scoring as the half closed. The second half, though, was all Buckeyes, as they scored 27 points in the final 30 minutes to claim a third straight Big Ten title and punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff. Quarterback Justin Fields had nearly 300 yards passing and three touchdowns to lift the Buckeyes.
Lettermen Row was in Indianapolis to chronicle the Big Ten champs. Miss any of the coverage? We have it all here for you:
- Snap Judgments: Ohio State rallies for Big Ten crown, earns playoff berth
- Photos: Ohio State starts slow, finishes strong to win third straight Big Ten title
- Buckeyes handle biggest test, prove top-seed worthiness yet again
- Justin Fields shows toughness, Heisman worth in B1G title win
- What We Learned as Buckeyes defended B1G crown, earned CFP bid
- Buckeyes unfazed by seed-drop, embracing next big Fiesta Bowl challenge
Ohio State-Clemson highlights New Year’s Six games
The College Football Playoff matchups are set. Ohio State will meet Clemson in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes and Tigers also played in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, a game that Clemson dominated and won, 31-0. Ohio State can use that game as fuel for the upcoming national semifinal. In the other semifinal, LSU will play Oklahoma in Atlanta. The winners will meet in New Orleans on Jan. 13 for the national championship. But the College Football Playoff wasn’t the only noteworthy event that was announced Sunday.
The New Year’s Six Bowls were announced.
- Peach Bowl: No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
- Fiesta Bowl: No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
- Cotton Bowl: No. 17 Memphis vs. No. 10 Penn State
- Orange Bowl: No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
- Rose Bowl: No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
- Sugar Bowl: No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Buckeyes open as slim favorite over Clemson
After a perfect 13-0 regular season and a come-from-behind win in the Big Ten championship game, the Buckeyes already knew they were headed to the playoff before the selection show. Now, they know their opponent, the No. 3 Clemson Tigers.
The oddsmakers acted quickly after the playoff pairings were announced. Ohio State will head to the Playstation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, as a 1-point favorite against Clemson, according to Las Vegas Superbook. The line quickly swung in favor of the Tigers, who currently sit as a 3-point favorite, per Oddshark. Ohio State will likely kickoff as an underdog for the first time all season.
The Buckeyes fell to 9-4 against the number this season after failing to cover against Wisconsin. They also failed to cover in the season opener against Florida Atlantic, the road game against Rutgers and the home win over Penn State. Clemson is 10-3 this season against the spread this year.
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