The Ohio State Buckeyes secured their spot in the Big Ten Championship Game last week with a win over Penn State, but they added some style points on Saturday in their annual thumping of the Michigan Wolverines. Ohio State won 56-27, turning on the route in the second quarter, and barely ever looking back.
Quarterback Justin Fields likely locked down a trip to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, throwing for 302 yards and four touchdowns. He briefly left with a lower leg injury in the third quarter, but returned and promptly threw his third touchdown pass of the game.
Ohio State still needs to win the Big Ten title game, but they are rolling and will face the winner of Minnesota-Wisconsin. Theoretically they might not need to win the conference championship to get into the college football playoff, but they don’t want to leave any margin for error.
On the other side, one has to wonder what this means for Jim Harbaugh. It seems unlikely he would be fired, but he’s lost five straight games to Ohio State and has not been able to guide the Wolverines to true national title contention. If Michigan thinks Harbaugh has maxed out, maybe could they decide to move on and find someone that might bring a higher ceiling? Again, it seems unlikely right now, but college football has its share of surprising firings.