Meyer, Harbaugh have a chance to recharge a rivalry

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Besides having national playoff implications, this years Ohio State vs. MI game is full of questions, story lines and intriguing matchups. Quarterback J.T. Barrett was held to 86 passing yards against the Spartans but added 105 on the ground for his second 100-yard rushing game of the season. With three national championships on his resume, he is 4-0 against MI since taking over at Ohio State. Here's my opinions on the matter.

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While a ranking of No. 5 or No. 6 is no guarantee of a playoff spot, it is a lot easier to imagine a path to the playoff from one of those spots. ESPN will be there, and it is preparing to give "The Game" a production complement worthy of a National Championship telecast.

The pace was definitely different on Friday night when the Thundering Herd fell to Ohio State, 111-70.

James has more than a rooting interest in this year's game. The victor of the game would keep a flawless record and go on to play in the National Championship, and that's what Ohio State did, defeating MI 42-39.

Assuming they win out and claim the Pac-12 Championship I don't see a reason why the Huskies should be left out.

If they take care of business Saturday against MI, it's a distinct possibility. But so is the actual body of work, the games you played and won or lost. Good job beating the Arizona's, a bad Oregon, UCLA, and California.

It's a team with its best days still very much ahead of it. Even if Ohio State beats MI and doesn't get to Indianapolis, there's still a strong possibility of landing a spot in the four-team national playoff.

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Elflein played in all 14 Ohio State games in 2013, but other than being on the field for most of a 76-0 blowout of overmatched Florida A&M, his experience in actual game situations was limited.

Jabrill Peppers will probably have to make big plays on defense, offense and special teams for No. 3 MI to upset No. 2 Ohio State and stem the tide in a lopsided series with its first win at the Horseshoe since 2000. Trevor Thompson scored a season-high 15 points, and Micah Potter had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Ohio State. "Our leader, Ryan (Taylor), grabbed me after the game and said, 'learn from it, move on to the next game and it's a long season".

All the Buckeyes can do is win and then hope Michigan State pulls off the upset. While the committee is expected to judge teams on a number of factors, it appears that biggest factor is still the number of losses a team has. The regular season games still have one more week.

All three play at home on Saturday, with the Hoosiers looking to extend a string of four straight wins over Purdue, the Terrapins hosting Rutgers and IL visiting the Wildcats. Clemson, meanwhile, has lowly SC and Virginia Tech or North Carolina. "We knew that wasn't going to be easy". Does Oklahoma or Oklahoma State have a right to be in the tournament, though? Oklahoma State would only have a loss at Baylor, and that loss to Central Michigan. "They're great pass rushers, and there are some things that we'll probably have to help up front to protect that".

Ultimately, what happens with Washington and the Big 10 will decide what happens in the playoff. But if they got into the Big Ten championship and won it?

Two Big Ten teams in the field is the biggest impediment to a playoff berth for the Bedlam victor.

The playoffs have never featured an at-large/wild card team, but Ohio State is on the cusp of setting a precedent. The loser is out of the picture.

Approximately 25 percent of all bets in the MGM's national title futures pool are on either MI or Ohio State.