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Michigan-Ohio State most-watched college game of season

Cecilia Poole | 29 November, 2016, 14:29

The Big Ten fined MI $10,000 and publicly reprimanded coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday for his critical comments about the officiating in Saturday's 30-27 overtime loss at Ohio State. At least for another year when he has to battle Urban Meyer's Ohio State Buckeyes in "The Game" again.

"(I've) been a part of some insane football games", Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett said.

If either the Tigers or Huskies lose, that likely opens up a spot for the Big Ten champion to join Ohio State in making the conference the first to send two teams to the playoff.

The Buckeyes (11-1, No. 2 CFP) would be at the mercy of the committee if Penn State wins, but the chairman already has said Ohio State has the better resume. The Buckeyes eschewed a tying field goal attempt and Barrett barely picked up the first down that was confirmed by review.

University of MI athletic director Warde Manuel avoided it as well.

"I remember that Neil Diamond song", Meyer said about the insane scene, but he couldn't recall much else. "I'm bitterly disappointed with the officiating today". "Can't make that any more clear". On the next play, Samuel, who had made a swerving, change-of-direction run to set up the fourth-and-1, raced into the end zone to win it. At 11-1 with quality wins over Oklahoma and Wisconsin on the road and MI at home, the Buckeyes' playoff résumé compares favorably with plenty of other teams still in the hunt for conference championships.

The Big Ten said in a statement released Monday afternoon that Harbaugh's comments violated a league rule that states the conference "expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship".

Ruckert is still very much open in his recruiting process, narrowing his focus to a group of 13 schools before the season started, both Ohio State and MI are in that group.

Ohio State saw many of its top targets in the 2018 class make it to campus on Saturday as the Buckeyes came away with a thrilling overtime victory over rival MI.

"To be honest with you, I don't really have a strong opinion", he said. "Hopefully, everything works out in our favor". He struggled throwing until late in the game and finished 15 for 32 for 132 yards. Fueled by three Buckeyes takeaways, including a pick-6 by safety Malik Hooker and a fumble recovery at the 1-yard line, the OSU offense was able to gain some traction in the second half to force overtime where Barrett helped make enough plays to secure a win.

Durbin missed a 21-yard attempt with 7:01 left in regulation that would have tied the score. If Penn State wins the championship, it will have hoisted the trophy and beaten the Buckeyes.

But really, if you believe Barrett never reached the line to gain on fourth down in OT (he didn't) and therefore MI deserved to win, it's sort of nice that there's failsafe for putting the team that got screwed ahead of the team that got every freaking call Saturday.

Even though Ohio State won't even play for its conference title, its spot in the playoff is safe.

"It's a bummer, you know, knowing I let the defense down", Speight said. "And after that game, whatever the powers that be decide, we'll be happy and excited for whatever that opportunity its".

Barrett kept the ball and fell right at the 15-yard line - first down.

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