Michigan Won't Beat OSU, but Can Buckeyes Make BCS Title Game?

Andrew Coppens@@andycoppensContributor IOctober 14, 2013

There always seems to be one crazy weekend during the college football season, and last weekend was one such example. It even has a name—"Upset Saturday."

Luckily for the Ohio State Buckeyes, all the chaos happened around them, as they had the weekend off. 

Yet, when all the dust settled, Ohio State stood exactly where they stood at the beginning of the week. The Buckeyes remained No. 4 in the AP Poll and No. 3 in the Coaches Poll

The official BCS Poll won't be released until this coming weekend, but CBSSports.com has put out a projected BCS Poll all season long indicating the Buckeyes have some work ahead of them to make their goal of the BCS National Championship Game.

One of those teams caught up in the chaos of the weekend? Ohio State's chief rival, Michigan, who decided to play the football that nearly lost games to hapless Akron and UConn and lost to Penn State in four overtimes on Saturday. 

The way Michigan has played three of the last four weekends simply won't cut it against the likes of Northwestern or Nebraska, never mind Ohio State in "The Game."

Strangely, Ohio State probably would've liked to see the Wolverines remain unbeaten until then, and that's because the rest of its schedule is devoid of any chance for a Top 25 matchup to help its status without Michigan being in the mix.


Sep 28, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) is tackled by Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Sherard Cadogan (17) during the fourth quarter at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Wisconsin Badgers 31-24. Mandatory C
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After all, only one other Big Ten team is currently ranked in any of the human polls, and that team, Wisconsin, is a team OSU has already beaten.

However, Buckeye fans shouldn't push the panic button just yet. There is plenty of football to be played and a few teams that can help out their situation. 

First off, Michigan not stumbling again the rest of the season should see them back in the Top 25 at the very least and that can help OSU. 

Secondly, a Wisconsin team that continues to win games from here on out will only climb the polls and that will help OSU's BCS formula as well.

Then you have to take a look around Ohio State in the polls. 

Oregon, the No. 2 team in the nation still has UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State left on the schedule. Those are plenty of opportunities for an upset to happen or for Oregon to solidify its status as one of the top teams in the country. 

It's not as if the Buckeyes can control what's going on in Euguene anyway.


One game could hurt OSU's chances and that's a game coming this weekend in the form of Clemson vs. Florida State. An FSU win and OSU could be jumped by the Seminoles and a Clemson win could see the OSU spot in the Coaches Poll up for grabs based on Clemson's impressive resume already this season. 

However, Clemson isn't done with tough games and neither is FSU as Miami and Florida are on the Seminoles' schedule, while Clemson still has South Carolina at the end of the season too. 

So, despite some of the help the Buckeyes could get in the coming weeks, one constant theme remains for the Scarlet and Grey—just win baby. 

It's as simple as that. Ohio State loses a game and all of this chatter is moot to begin with.

As long as Ohio State keeps winning football games, the Big Ten's best hope for a national championship representative will remain in the picture and that's really all the Buckeyes can control.


*Andy Coppens is the Big Ten Lead Writer. You can follow him on Twitter: @ andycoppens.