Ohio State came out sluggish in the first half against Northwestern today. Northwesterrn was up 10-6 relatively deep into the third quarter. The turning point came when Northwestern missed a field goal that would’ve put them up 13-6. From then on, Ohio State dominated the game and nearly had a miraculous cover of their 17-point spread before being stopped inside the five in the final minute.
The clear key performer of the game for Ohio State was running back Trey Sermon, who carried the ball 29 times for 331 yards and two touchdowns. The workhorse running back has come out of vogue in football, but when you’ve got a really good one it can still swing really big games.
Trey Sermon, beast pic.twitter.com/wiL9mJES40
— Ryan Glasspiegel (@sportsrapport) December 19, 2020
Now, it is highly probable that Ohio State will make the College Football Playoffs. I have a hard time envisioning a scenario where Texas A&M would be selected over them, even with the argument that the Aggies played that many more games and Ohio State had an unfair advantage here. Texas A&M’s playoff hopes rest with either Notre Dame beating Clemson for a second time, or Clemson crushing Notre Dame so badly it invalidates the game that Trevor Lawrence missed.