The Big Ten Championship game pits Ohio State against Northwestern as a trip to the CFP is on the line for the Buckeyes.
The Big Ten Championship game should be a memorable one, but first: What a tremendous victory it was for the Buckeyes as they put on a show against that team up north.
Not only was it tremendous in terms of postseason significance, it was also tremendous in margin of victory. The Buckeyes absolutely demolished TTUN, outscored Michigan by 23 points.
This was the Buckeyes’ largest margin of victory over TTUN since 2015. There is also a component that links this win with the victory in 2015 as well.
The Buckeyes weren’t viewed as the big favorite in either game, yet the Bucks blew the doors off them both times.
The Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines in every quarter of the game while leading in every statistical category. Michigan simply could not get anything going during this game.
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Save for a big mishap on the side of the Buckeyes’ special teams and the offense kneeling it out near the Wolverines’ end zone and this game could have gotten even more out of hand.
The Bucks muffed a kickoff late in the first half to give the Wolverines a free touchdown to make the deficit just five before half.
It only took one quick defensive stop and a possession on offense to start the motor that never quit. The Wolverines went three-and0out to start the game. Linebacker Malik Harrison sacked quarterback Shea Patterson for a big loss on just their second play of the drive. It took a mere six plays on the following possession for Dwayne Haskins to find freshman receiver Chris Olave for a touchdown.
This game truly showed the Buckeyes’ full potential as they outclassed the fourth ranked team in country in every aspect of the game. They were set out to prove everyone wrong and playing against TTUN made the flame burn even hotter. It was offensive, defensive, and special teams dominance at its finest.
Considering how well the Buckeyes played last weekend, there’s no team that has played up to that level this season that could have beat them on that day.
That is the main argument for the Buckeyes to make it even further than a Big Ten championship.
This Buckeyes team played this season’s best game against one of the nation’s best teams. As if the Buckeyes needed any more motivation to come out and play hard for this conference title, they know that there needs to be consistency in order to be convincing.
Expect the Buckeyes to give it all they have once again this weekend as they take on Northwestern.