Ohio State beats MI 62-39

Sherman Parsons
November 28, 2018

MI head coach Jim Harbaugh instructs his team against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

After their demoralizing beatdown of MI this past weekend, Urban Meyer and Ohio State earned their spot in the Big 10 Championship Game against Northwestern, but it looks like starting senior right guard Demetrius Knox won't be playing in the do-or-die game.

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. It was a game dominated by Ohio State from start to finish in almost every phase of the game and at every point of the game.

Harbaugh is 38-9 against non-Ohio State opponents. That's the most MI has ever allowed in regulation against any opponent ever, let alone Ohio State. Each routed a so-so mid-major (OU beat Florida Atlantic, Ohio State beat Tulane).

Shea Patterson finished with 187 yards passing and three touchdowns, but the second half was mostly Buckeyes. Harbaugh took ownership of a complete collapse by MI, but his players were not letting the coach take all the blame. MI was ranked No. 4 in the AP Top 25 and holding onto one of the top spots in the College Football Playoff. "That's something we want to do, and that's something we're going to do".

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Not only did MI lose, it got banged up.

Asked on a conference call with reporters Sunday whether Ohio State is worthy of being in the playoff discussion right now, Meyer said, "I don't think we are yet".

He entered the MI game in relief past year as a redshirt freshman when starting quarterback J.T. Barrett went down with a knee injury.

No. 10 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1, No. 10 CFP) comes in more vulnerable than its record shows, having played spotty defense for much of the year.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes have won six straight against Northwestern and lost to the Wildcats just once, dating to 1972.

Texas defeated Oklahoma 48-45 for 93 combined points last time around and there isn't much reason to expect a better defensive showing from either team in the rematch.

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