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College Football Playoff Implications of Michigan’s win over Ohio State

Michigan survived a tough battle against rival Ohio State to close the regular season on Saturday.

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The No. 3 Michigan Wolverines survived its biggest challenge of the regular season, toppling the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes 30-24 in a strong Game of the Year candidate for the entire 2023 college football season.

“The Game” was every bit as intense and dramatic as you would expect from these highly ranked enemies and came down to the Buckeyes driving into Wolverines territory in the final minute. That’s when Rod Moore picked off Kyle McCord to ice the game for the Maize and Blue and gave them their third straight victory in the rivalry.

This was arguably the most consequential game of the season as far as the College Football Playoff is concerned and with the victory, Michigan is now 12-0 and controls its own destiny. The Wolverines will battle Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game next Saturday and with a dominant win there, they’ll have an argument to be the No. 1 seed for the entire playoff field.

As for Ohio State, its playoff hopes are a longshot now as they’ll need massive amounts of help to backdoor their way into the dance. Losses by Georgia, Washington, or Florida State would certainly help the Buckeyes’ case, but they join the ranks of one-loss contenders like Alabama, Oregon, and Texas. All of those teams will play in their respective conference championship games next week, so they’ll have the chance to bolster their playoff resume while the Buckeyes are at home next week. I’d go ahead and start looking at Fiesta Bowl prices, Ohio State fans.