Reasons Ohio State will make the College Football Playoff

They really handed the game to Ohio State.

Ending the Rose Bowl drought - Ohio State defeated previously unbeaten Arizona State to capture the Rose Bowl following the 1996 season, giving the Buckeyes their first win in Pasadena since the 1974 game.

Ohio State won at Wisconsin in overtime but lost at Penn State by a field goal.

The first matchup to go to overtime in the 113-game history of the rivalry likely eliminated MI (10-2, 7-2, No. 3 CFP) from the playoff race and could have locked up a spot for the Buckeyes. If that happens, the city known as "Madtown" would surely be that. "We're focused on Wisconsin and excited about this opportunity". Clemson is a lock for a playoff bid with a win in that game, and although it's extremely unlikely, Virginia Tech could knock the ACC out of the playoff with an upset win.

Later games usually rate better because it's in a more available time for West Coast viewers as well.

Ohio State, which should be the first non-champion considered, should only be considered if a couple of the champions lose. Few people know Wisconsin nearly beat Ohio State, and could have beaten MI if not for an fantastic play (and with that, only held that offense to 14). The Badgers, which actually fell one spot despite beating Minnesota, will face the Nittany Lions in next week's Big Ten Championship Game.

The CFP selection committee is in an unwinnable position having to decide whether to maintain its stated desire to reward conference title merit or go with the subjective eye-test that has always cheapened college football's quest to crown a true national champion.

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook is day-to-day after getting knocked out of Saturday's game against Minnesota with an apparent concussion.

McSorley found Chris Godwin down the sideline for 34 yards on Penn State's first second-half possession and followed it with a 45-yarder to Mike Gesicki. The 11-1 Ohio State lost by 3 points at home, but it was enough to leave them out of the Big Ten championship game. A few days after the loss in Ann Arbor, athletic director Sandy Barbour pledged allegiance to Franklin, saying his job was not in jeopardy. Of even more significance is Penn State got it done with one of the youngest rosters in the country. The first-down call stood up to video review.

"We talked about it all last season". And four teams now have a chance to prove their case on the field instead of the two anointed each year by the BCS.

Another weird regular season has ended for Ohio State under Urban Meyer, in which they finish with the best overall record among Big Ten teams, but don't get to play for the conference title. And, along the way, led the Buckeyes to one of the team's most impressive victories in years.