The Wisconsin Badgers chance at a berth in the College Football Playoffs disappeared with a 27-21 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis. The loss ended a perfect season and Wisconsin’s 13-game winning streak, which dated back to their Cotton Bowl victory over Western Michigan last season.
The College Football Playoff committee will release its final top four teams at 11am CT on Sunday morning. The Badgers, with their soft schedule, won’t be among the final four teams. But the Badgers could still secure a spot in a New Years Day bowl game.
Wisconsin (12-1) fell to Ohio State (11-2) for the sixth straight game and dropped their third Big Ten title game since 2014.
The Buckeyes beat the Badgers with the big play. Quarterback J.T. Barrett tossed touchdown passes of 84 and 57 yards and running back J.K. Dobbins added a 77-yard run that set up a 1-yard touchdown keeper by Barrett.
The Buckeyes, who entered the game averaging 43.8 points and 529.8 yards a game, racked up 309 yards in the first half alone and took a 21-10 lead into the locker room at halftime. [Read more…]