Buckeyes Blank Badgers 59-0 — Blahhhhhhhhh
The Buckeyes needed a “statement win” (another sportswriter cliché) and that’s what they got, redoubled, in spades, with oak leaf clusters. One helluva team effort and one helluva coaching job by the Schmuckeyes and Urbz, if you ask me, and even if you don’t produced a no-questions-asked 59-0 shutout over well-regarded Wisconsin.
See, the thing is, this is now going to make the College Football Playoff and bowl picture much more interesting. Lots of clowns ass-umed that Wisconsin would win this game because tOSU was down to its third-string quarterback, Cardale Jones, a semi-literate lad who as a freshman recruit inspired a negative story about football philosophy from me back in October 2012. (When the Turkey is on your case, it’s curtains, man!) Hell, some of us (no names mentioned) have been picking Wisconsin from before the time J. T. Barrett went down. It is my guess that those people are now formulating reasons why Wisconsin actually won this game. (That idea came from Artificially Sweetened, who deserves attribution. But I digress…)
Now, the playoff scenario pits tOSU, TCU, and Baylor for the last slot, and all have made appropriate “statements”. Had FSU lost to Georgia Tech, there might have been another slot, but they hung on for the win in what has been typical Florida State fashion for this year. About the Final Four, we’ll know today, before the NFL games commence.
The Schmuckeyes dominated on both sides of the ball. Aforementioned young third-stringer Cardale “We Ain’t Come to Play School” Jones lit up Lucas Oil Stadiun with a 12-17, 257 yard, three touchdown performance, while ol’ Zeke Elliott rushed for 220 yards — on only 20 carries! OSU rang up 558 yards on the cash register of life, while the defense held the Badgers to 258 total yards. Former Heisman candidate Melvin Gordon III was suffocated, with only 76 yards, breaking his string of 100 yard games.
The Ohio State defense forced four turnovers, including a fumble picked up by Joey Bosa and returned for a touchdown.
I missed the first half due to a Christmas party. By then, the fatal blow had been struck already. However, in watching the second half, I saw a team that was inspired beyond itself. Coaching was the Twelfth Man — them Buckeyes didn’t let up until the final gun. Clearly, this team has rounded into playoff form, but whether it can be sustained if they make the playoffs is anyone’s guess.
So, now, we sit and continue to wonder whether Penn State will receive a bowl invitation. I think we have to hope that tOSU will make the Final Four, but I’m not sure. Does this ignominious defeat knock Wisconsin down to a sixth-tier bowl? How the hell can anyone be sure of anything this year? We’ll know about the bowls this evening, but everyone will have an opinion between now and then. Let’s hear some.