Big Ten championship has huge implications for Ohio State

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After their demoralizing beatdown of MI this past weekend, Urban Meyer and Ohio State earned their spot in the Big 10 Championship Game against Northwestern, but it looks like starting senior right guard Demetrius Knox won't be playing in the do-or-die game. After the game, coaches and players said the ball was flipped from Haskins to Campbell, which makes it a forward pass.

Ohio State and Oklahoma were able to find out who was better on the field in each of the past two seasons. In his division, he's got one in Ohio State.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes have won six straight against Northwestern and lost to the Wildcats just once, dating to 1972.

It wasn't enough to move ahead of a team that lost by 23 points in a game it was favored to win.

This was Harbaugh's chance to finally best Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes - the moment he could finally prove himself as one of the top coaches in the country and get the big win. Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in ESPN's Football Power Index; Ohio State ranks No. 6. The Buckeyes can win their third Big Ten title in five seasons this Saturday against Northwestern (8-4).

When Tom Brady wore a MI uniform, the Wolverines enjoyed success against their biggest rival.

It's not the first time Brady has had to wear an Ohio State jersey in Foxborough. But if OU beats Texas and Ohio State beats Northwestern, it nearly surely will happen.

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This one went down hard.

"It's a tough injury", Meyer said on Sunday.

Not only did MI lose, it got banged up.

Ohio State receiver Chris Olave (17) celebrates his touchdown against MI during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Patterson suffered a bruised knee on a sack.

It all comes down to championship weekend as the conference title games are played.

So let's try to get into the hotel meeting room and think about how this Buckeyes-Sooners debate could play out before the next version of the College Football Playoff rankings are released Tuesday night.

"To come back against your rival and play like that, that's a focused team that loves each other and cares about each other", Meyer said.