Ohio State Climbs To No. 6 In Latest AP Poll

Arnold Nichols
November 28, 2018

The 62-39 loss cost MI a trip to the Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff, and Penn State fans made sure to remind the world of Franklin's lasting legacy - as if their team hadn't just been humiliated by Harbaugh earlier this month.

That Michigan lost to Ohio State is not what is so head-scratching.

MI got as close as 7-6 and 21-19 but a blow out third quarter led the Buckeyes to a win and an 11-1 season. Ohio State? They get to play Northwestern.

The Wolverines finish at 10-2.

While the score was close at halftime with Ohio State leading 24-19, it required a costly gaffe on a kickoff return that gave a touchdown to the Wolverines.


The Buckeyes were blown out by unranked Purdue on October 20, didn't look great in the next three games and were underdogs entering the regular-season finale against No. 4 MI and the nation's best defence. In that particular scenario (and assuming Georgia is ranked No. 4 on Tuesday night, followed in some order by Oklahoma and Ohio State), you're looking at teams Nos.

The season started for Ohio State with coach Urban Meyer suspended for three games for his handling of former assistant coach Zach Smith, who has been accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife.

"Motivated to come back and make darn sure it doesn't happen again", Harbaugh said. But the Wildcats swept every other Big Ten West team and clinched a berth in the title game with two games left.

Shea Patterson finished with 187 yards passing and three touchdowns, but the second half was mostly Buckeyes. In his division, he's got one in Ohio State.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes have won six straight against Northwestern and lost to the Wildcats just once, dating to 1972. "Jim Harbaugh right now I don't think has adjusted to what college football has become".

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