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Big 10 Championship Stats, Odds and Picks Wisconsin vs

Big 10 Championship Stats, Odds and Picks Wisconsin vs

Ohio State enters this Saturday's contest riding a 3-game win streak and will be looking to sneak into this year's postseason by upsetting No. 3 Wisconsin.

"We deserve a shot", Meyer said after accepting the championship trophy on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium late Saturday night. The thing about running through brick walls, though, is that once you get through them, walls aren't likely to track you down from behind.

Ohio State in 2013 would be an example of this.

The Badgers allowed three plays of 50 or more yards in their first 12 games.

The Buckeyes built a 21-10 halftime lead on the strength of three big plays. Heading into Saturday's game, Clemson ranked sixth in the country in total defense, holding teams to an average of 283.3 yards per game.

Terry McLaurin, an Indianapolis native, found the first cracks with an 84-yard catch-and-run that provided the first hints that team speed would be lopsided.

J.K. Dobbins led the Buckeyes with 174 yards on 17 carries and was named the game's MVP.




"I think our resume speaks for itself", quarterback J.T. Barrett said. Barrett completed 12 of 26 passes for 211 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Only six days after surgery, Barrett will start the game as planned for Ohio State, Meyer told FOX before the game. Each team traded field goals in the third quarter.

Fittingly, Barrett wasn't flawless while leading his team to a championship. Prior to that touchdown, Wisconsin had gone 3-and-out on its previous two drives. The senior quarterback completed practice Thursday and was cleared to play against No. 4 Wisconsin after what Meyer called a "very positive" week of treatment. Barrett overthrew a wide-open Johnnie Dixon in the end zone. The conversion milked precious extra minutes off the clock before a short field goal that served as the game's final points.

Wisconsin's defense countered that miscue shortly after when Van Ginkel stepped in front of Barrett's poor throw deep in Ohio State territory and returned it nine yards for a touchdown.

But detractors will argue both of Ohio State's losses came in rather lopsided fashion, including 55-24 to Iowa. Barrett absorbed his first significant contact while being tackled during a third-down scramble on Ohio State's opening possession but popped right up without any apparent discomfort. The question now is if that game is big enough to block the Big Ten champion - and the Big Ten as a whole - from reaching the playoff for the first time in the four-team tournament's brief history.

And unlike Ohio State, the Nittany Lions and the Cardinal each had one loss by single digits. Penn State spotting Wisconsin a big early lead in last year's Big Ten championship game and roaring back for a 38-31 win is an example of that.


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