The University of Wisconsin dropped two spots to No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff rankings after the Badgers' 27-21 loss to Ohio State in Saturday's Big Ten Championship game. Heading into Saturday's game, Clemson ranked sixth in the country in total defense, holding teams to an average of 283.3 yards per game. The Badgers are a better all-around team and they haven't lost a game all season; something that can't be said about this year's Badgers who have gotten blown out two occasions this season.
That would not be the case however, as the Ohio State offense stalled for the entirety of the second half.
The third choice would be that a team proves it is exactly what it was during the regular season in a bad way.
The lead swung back to the Buckeyes courtesy of Barrett's 57-yard toss to running back Parris Campbell, who broke multiple tackles to score his third receiving touchdown of the season and conclude the scoring in a riveting first quarter.
Wisconsin is 2-2 in Big Ten title game while Ohio State is 1-1, including a 59-0 blowout over the Badgers in 2014. RB J.K. Dobbins needs 48 yards to break Maurice Clarett's school record for a freshman (1,237).
Fittingly, Barrett wasn't ideal while leading his team to a championship. He missed two open receivers for what could have been spirit-sinking touchdown passes just before halftime on a drive that ended with a blocked field goal. He threw a pick-six to linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel in the first quarter to give Wisconsin its first touchdown of the game.
But amid a fourth-quarter Wisconsin comeback, Meyer turned to the player he trusts maybe more than anyone he has coached, and Barrett delivered again. The conversion milked precious extra minutes off the clock before a short field goal that served as the game's final points. Wisconsin but Ohio State's deficit to 21-13. The Buckeyes have won four of their last five games played indoors.
However, that "2" in the loss column for Ohio State will make the decision very hard, especially since one of those losses was a 55-24 defeat to Iowa a month ago. The Badger has rushed for 100-plus yards in nine of his 12 games this season, and he earned the Big Ten's Freshman of the Week honor eight times - the most in conference history.
And unlike Ohio State, the Nittany Lions and the Cardinal each had one loss by single digits. It is a boulder of an aberration for Ohio State.
And while the Tide may have fewer blemishes on their resume, the Buckeyes have officially made things hard on the committee by following up a thorough 31-20 win over the Michigan Wolverines with a solid offensive showing against the Badgers' No. 1 defense.