Yahoo Sports names two B1G games as CFB Playoff deciders
There are just three weeks remaining in the college football regular season. The number of games with Playoff implications is dwindling.
Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports went through the rest of the November schedule across the landscape, naming eight games with College Football Playoff implications. Two of those matchups are in the B1G.
One of those games is this weekend, as Ohio State travels to East Lansing to take on Michigan State. This is the toughest challenge remaining for the Buckeyes until the season finale against Michigan. The Spartans could also put a damper on the College Football Playoff aspirations of Urban Meyer and Co.
From Yahoo! Sports:
game that could drain some hype from the rivalry showdown two weeks later when Michigan visits Ohio State. The Spartans (6-3) are back to playing hardcore defense, allowing only 13.5 points over the past four games. They held Purdue to a season-low 13 points on Oct. 27 and Maryland to a season-low 100 yards total offense Saturday. And they’ve been a pain in the Buckeyes’ backsides several times in recent seasons (though certainly not last year). Ohio State’s bounce-back from the Purdue debacle was a sloppy win over Nebraska that did little to inspire a belief that Urban Meyer’s team is on a path to a division title, conference title or playoff berth. This game in Spartan Stadium may end all three of those aspirations.
The other B1G game mentioned, as you might imagine, is the Nov. 24 clash between Michigan and Ohio State.
With Rutgers and Indiana left before the rivalry showdown, it’s almost a guarantee that the Wolverines head to Columbus with a 10-1 record. And, if Ohio State gets past Michigan State this weekend, it’ll be a game with the B1G East title hanging in the balance.
Here’s what Forde had to say about The Game:
It would be pretty delicious to have both teams come into their traditional noon donnybrook at 11-1. But even if the Buckeyes don’t live up to their end of the bargain, they would relish the opportunity to play spoiler and severely damage the Wolverines’ playoff chances. Michigan is playing better than anyone not named Alabama or Clemson, having completed a three-game revenge quest against teams that beat it last year – Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State – by a combined score of 101-27. After what should be milk runs against Rutgers and Indiana, this is the ultimate game on what has been a ruthlessly successful Michigan Revenge Tour. A subsequent Big Ten title game (likely against Northwestern) would pose a problem only if the Wolverines are flat coming out of the Horseshoe.
Basically, if Michigan and Ohio State win the next two games, the winner of The Game gets a trip to Indianapolis and will likely punch a ticket to Indianapolis.
It should make for some entertaining football down the stretch.
To see the full list of eight games from Yahoo! Sports, you can visit the website.