Sunday, December 1, 2013

CFB Recap: Breaks Go Ohio State's Way: Beat Michigan and Alabama Loses

Will it be enough to get one of the less impressive undefeated teams in the country in the title?

We don't know.

But it raises a heck of an argument.

Ohio State did what was necessary, got lucky and walked away Saturday afternoon with a 42-41 win over Michigan. The win puts them at 12-0 and probably #2 in the upcoming week's BCS poll.

But will it get them to the title game?

The game, which was pretty crazy unto itself, sort of got overshadowed by Saturday evenings craziness. But it had some strange twists and a whole lot of juvenile behavior which now seems to overshadow what should be a traditional college football rivalry.

The game kicked off with a fight on the field early in the 3rd quarter. OSU starting guard Marcus Hall and kick returner Dontre Wilson were tossed along with Michigan backup linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone. Punches allegedly were thrown and Hall in a moment of total class flipped off the Michigan crowd as he was escorted from the field.

The game itself was a back-and-forth game with a bunch of lead changes. Michigan scored with just over 30 seconds to go to close to one point. Michigan coach Brady Hoke, apparently feeling greedy, decided to go for the two point conversion, which ended with Tyvis Powell picking off Devin Gardner's pass.

The loss drops a mediocre Michigan team to 7-5, 3-5 in the mediocre Big 10. Ohio State is now 12-0, 8-0 in the conference and hasn't lost a game in now 2 years.

The Buckeyes square off with Michigan State this Saturday in the conference title game. The challenge is to be convincing in that game. If Ohio State wins, and wins comfortably, they should end up in the title game vs. FSU. Squeeze one out and the arguments over whether they are more worthy than the SEC champ will begin.

Here are your game highlights from ESPN:

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