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Big Ten Football Championship-Ohio State vs Wisconsin

No moment too big for Cardale Jones, the backup to the backup

INDIANAPOLIS — The ball zipped through the air, Wisconsin defensive backs tried for it, and Ohio State wide receivers grabbed it. Another throw, same result. It was that kind of night for Cardale Jones and Ohio State. As time passed, Ohio State’s College Football Playoff resume continued to grow and grow, until the clock hit 0:00 and the final scoreboard read 59-0 in favor of the Buckeyes. Dominance. The biggest story leading up to Saturday’s Big Ten championship game was how would Jones handle the pressure of making his first career start in the biggest game of the season? The

Jim Delany calls Ohio State 'one of the four best teams in the country'

Jim Delany is a smart man. He knows what he’s doing at all times. So, when he took the microphone on Ohio State’s victorious podium following its emphatic 59-0 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, it was no surprise to hear him promote Ohio State as a playoff contender. Here’s the message Delany sent to the crowd, the TV audience and, most importantly, the selection committee watching in Texas: Let’s hear it for “one of the four best teams in the country.” Also, to no surprise, the fans loved Delany’s claim. But will Ohio State make

Big Ten Football Championship-Ohio State vs Wisconsin

It's going to be a close call for Ohio State in College Football Playoff

INDIANAPOLIS — Now we wait and wonder: Did Ohio State do enough to earn a golden ticket to the College Football Playoff? The No. 5 Buckeyes stated their case loud and clear with a 59-0 demolition of No. 14 Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Look at OSU’s resume: wins over No. 8 Michigan State, No. 25 Minnesota and the Badgers, who rode a seven-game winning streak into Indy. The Buckeyes also can call themselves a champion. And, when it comes to the eyeball test, Ohio State passes with flying colors, often winning

Big Ten Football Championship-Ohio State vs Wisconsin

Rapid Reaction: Ohio State finishes off shut out at Big Ten title game

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is posting quick takes after each quarter of the Big Ten Football Championship from his perch at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Also, follow him on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. OHIO STATE 59, WISCONSIN 0: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | GALLERY FOURTH QUARTER Quick take: The last 15 minutes were a mere formality, as this game essentially was over at halftime. The Buckeyes certainly looked the part of a playoff team in dominating Wisconsin, 59-0. But was it enough to overtake Florida State or TCU and earn a top four of the College Football Playoff

Big Ten Football Championship-Ohio State vs Wisconsin

Rapid Reaction: Ohio State pitching shutout through three quarters

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is posting quick takes after each quarter of the Big Ten Football Championship from his perch at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Also, follow him on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. OHIO STATE 59, WISCONSIN 0: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | GALLERY THIRD QUARTER Quick take: Ohio State kept the pedal to the metal, adding 7 points to its lead to go ahead, 45-0. The more impressive this win is, the more chance the Buckeyes seemingly will have to show the College Football Playoff committee that it deserves a playoff spot. Key moment: There weren’t many

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Rapid Reaction: Ohio State continues to pile it on in Big Ten title game

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is posting quick takes after each quarter of the Big Ten Football Championship from his perch at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Also, follow him on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. WISCONSIN vs. OHIO STATE: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | UW VIDEO | OSU VIDEO SECOND QUARTER Quick take: This is morphing into a blowout along the lines of the 2012 Big Ten title game, when Wisconsin drubbed Nebraska, 70-31. After opening with a 14-0 first quarter, Ohio State continued to pour it on in the second by adding 28 points to forge a 38-0 lead

Images of the Year

Video: Watch this stunning Big Ten football Images of the Year video

On BTN’s “Big Ten Championship Pregame Show” we revealed the Big Ten Football Images of the Year, which included Ameer Abdullah’s game winning TD against McNeese State and Melvin Gordon’s record-breaking performance against Nebraska. The segment also included an incredible original painting by Barrett Keithley who approached a blank canvas and created a masterpiece. Watch it all in this post.

Big Ten Football Championship-Ohio State vs Wisconsin

Rapid Reaction: Ohio State starts fast in first quarter of Big Ten title game

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is posting quick takes after each quarter of the Big Ten Football Championship from his perch at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Also, follow him on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. WISCONSIN vs. OHIO STATE: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | UW VIDEO | OSU VIDEO FIRST QUARTER Quick take: This game couldn’t have started any better for Ohio State, which scored on two of its first three drives to jump out to a 14-0 lead. Not having to play from behind, no doubt, will help QB Cardale Jones, who is making his first career start. Key