MI vs Ohio State

MI vs Ohio State

If either No. 5 Washington or No. 4 Clemson stumbles this week or next, the Big Ten stands ready to fill the void. A lot can change over the next two weeks.

"I think the Ohio State-Michigan game is basically a quarterfinal, a play-in game", Stokan said. But even if Ohio State wins, the Buckeyes may not reach the Big Ten championship game because of a 24-21 loss to Penn State on October 22.

Seven players who were true freshmen on that team are now seniors playing in their last game at Beaver Stadium when No. 8 Penn State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) plays Michigan State (3-8, 1-7) on Saturday. To upset No. 2 Ohio State and win at the Horseshoe for the first time since 2000, Jabrill Peppers will probably have to make big plays for No. 3 MI on defense, offense and special teams.

This weekend brings Michigan's trip to Ohio State, and with it a reshaping of the postseason picture. Now we are talking about an Oklahoma State team with just one loss, ranked fourth or fifth, and the champions of a Power-5 conference. Washington and Colorado are their only two high level wins, where they have losses to Stanford, Utah and a "forgiveable" one to Alabama.

This game is equally important for both coaches not just because of the rivalry, but because of the potential Playoff berth for the team that comes out on top.

Last week: Beat Chattanooga 31-3. But the Big Ten and Pac-12 would be pissed to say the least.

Path to the playoffs: Alabama has clinched a spot in the SEC championship game against Florida. How that game plays out, who wins, who loses, how people look at that and how that impacts our future, there's no doubt that's going to be a factor.

Last week: Beat Michigan State 17-16. The underdogs in each game have the potential to pull an upset.

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Meyer has been in a similar situation like this before with the 2014 National Championship-winning Buckeyes, but this is the first time Harbaugh and MI is on the verge of making it into the playoff.

They competed against each other with a ferocity and respect that left an indelible mark on Meyer. The day before Ohio State beat MI 42-39 to earn a spot in the national championship game, Schembechler, long since retired from coaching but still very much a much a presence at MI, died. Beat Ohio State and the Big Ten West champion, and they are in. If Ohio State beats MI and Penn State wins, it's hard to see the Buckeyes not making the playoffs. Backup quarterback John O'Korn looked less than impressive against IN last week.

Peppers said he has watched other teams, including Penn State, Wisconsin and Northwestern, give the Buckeyes problems by getting extra physical.

More than three decades since their Ten Year War concluded, MI and Ohio State are about to play one of the highest-stakes games in the history of series that will reach 113 games Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we put together a list of five things every Michigan State football fan can be thankful for in 2016.

Last week: Beat Wake Forest 35-13.

Clemson finishes its regular season against SC and then will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against either Virginia Tech or North Carolina.

Things would get murkier in this scenario if Washington were to win out and claim the Pac-12 title. But first the Tigers have to take care of SC - which has won four of its past five games - in Death Valley.

The A-Team is calling this game. Clemson could even stub its toe in the ACC title game, whether facing Virginia Tech or North Carolina. We were obviously aware of the conditions in which that game (at MSU) was played in.