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Mitchell's 31 leads Ohio State over Cleveland State

So the victor of the Big Ten title game and one-loss Ohio State take two spots, likely splitting up and facing off against SEC champion Alabama and ACC champion Clemson in the Playoff semifinals.

MI and Ohio State are set for a knockout battle soon in all likelihood, with the rivals' annual tilt coming to help decide the Big Ten East's champion. "When you don't, you allow somebody else to determine what your fate's going to be".

As the group of reporters around Barrett chuckled, one remarked, "We don't control that". Meyer said. "They are dealing with the same issues". "That doesn't make sense to me". MI beats Ohio State next week. If the Buckeyes dispose of Michigan State, Michigan will be all that stands between the Buckeyes and the Playoff.

You see, even if Ohio State wins its final two regular-season games - including a sure-to-be-epic showdown with MI in The Game - it won't be able to claim a Big Ten East Division title or play for a conference championship if Penn State also wins its last two regular-season games.

Intangibles: Michigan State - The Buckeyes are 59-5 under Meyer.

"'The committee's charge is to rank the top 25 teams in the nation; this is done based on the independent rankings of the 12 college football experts in the room, ' Hancock said".

"He's got great vision, he's got great ability to cut, he's powerful, and he's played very well, especially if you look at the MI game - really, these last three football games", Dantonio said. Because Ohio State would not even play in the conference championship and still make it to the College Football Playoffs.

"That's something totally different", he said.

Meyer said it's hard to keep players from looking ahead and worrying about things that are out of their control.

Mitchell's 31 leads Ohio State over Cleveland State
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“Im debating right now what to do with that, ” Meyer said Monday when asked about the amped-up playoff chatter. "I did not cover it yesterday. I haven't covered it throughout the year. Normally in the past, I have. I know their personnel, we recruiting a lot of those guys".

Michigan State freshman Joshua Langford was limited to three points in 12 minutes, playing through hamstring ailment in his left leg.

But if history has taught us anything, it is that Michigan State can turn predictions upside down.

Such was the case a year ago when the Spartans stunned the Buckeyes, 17-14, in Ohio Stadium.

Michigan State: The Spartans host Florida Gulf Coast, which won 21 games last season and played in the NCAA tournament, on Sunday night before going to the Bahamas, where they will open with St. John's and may face No. 12 Louisville. Both of them agreed that if Wisconsin wins the conference, they would join the playoff along with Ohio State.

Ohio State has definitely been focused the past two weeks, thumping Nebraska and Maryland by a combined score of 124-6.

"It was just him and me, and I think I had a program in my hand, and just being a GA, I said, 'Do you mind signing this?' I think I still have that program", Dantonio said. "The crowd does a great job of not just cheering when good stuff happens, but knowing when we need a lift and getting into it".

A one-loss Louisville resume will not match up with Ohio State's. "I think MI gave this one away".

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