Penn State football coach James Franklin lifts the Big Ten East Division trophy as the team celebrates their 45-12 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday Nov. 26, .
Maybe by the time the College Football Playoff committee sorts out its final rankings, most of the Ohio State Buckeyes will comprehend what just happened. As for MI, it had to beat Ohio State to make the Big Ten championship, and they failed.
The Big Ten title will be decided by two-loss teams: Penn State and Wisconsin. It has won eight in a row since that defeat and has made a remarkable turnaround to reach its first Big Ten Championship Game.
Here's where things stand: Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson all have an inside track to being selected for the playoff.
There was lots of shuffling in the Associated Press college football rankings released Sunday, but the two teams at the top remained unchanged. Imagine the outrage in Happy Valley if the Lions beat the Badgers and, as conference champion, were excluded from the group of four teams to play for the national championship.
No. 7 Penn State, with a win over Wisconsin, would be 11-2.
If Wisconsin (10-2, No. 6 CFP) wins, the committee could logically pick Ohio State based on its overtime win over the Badgers in Madison on October 15.
"I mean it's really out of our hands", quarterback J.T. Barrett said. "And after that game, whatever the powers that be decide, we'll be happy and excited for whatever that opportunity its".
The Nittany Lions coach did, however, lend his thoughts on how he perceives the strength of the Big Ten as a football conference. Wisconsin's two defeats came by a combined 14 points against Ohio State and MI. In addition to Penn State and Michigan, Nebraska (9-2) also was ranked No. 16.
Penn State has won eight games in a row, while Wisconsin is riding a six-game winning streak into this big-stage showdown.
Franklin on Sunday was asked whether the victor of the Big Ten title game deserves a spot in the four-team field.
The Spartans (3-9, 1-8) stacked the line of scrimmage and held Barkley to 9 yards in the first half on nine carries.
"He was just in the office about 15 minutes ago and says he's feeling good, feeling a lot better than he did yesterday", Chryst said. A few days after the loss in Ann Arbor, athletic director Sandy Barbour pledged allegiance to Franklin, saying his job was not in jeopardy.
Linebacker Jason Cabinda said he and his teammates never ruled out a chance to play in Indy. "I communicated with Saquon last night and communicated with Saquon this morning, but we're anticipating and expecting him to play". "That this was our goal and this is where we wanted to go, so we put our head down and went to work", Cabinda said. 3 and 4 in total defense in the Big Ten, with the Badgers allowing 292 yards a game and the Lions 346. The offense ended up needing to gain only four yards on the latter drive thanks to two penalties on MI, including an unsportsmanlike foul assessed to Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh, who took issue with an offside penalty called on his team. For instance, it is curious that in an intense game that essentially lasted five quarters, counting overtimes, Ohio State was penalized twice for 6 yards.
Penn State had five penalties at IN, three last week at Rutgers, and then just a pass interference on John Reid a couple nights ago.
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