OSU Roots For Chaos, Makes Playoff Case

Thanks to a 17-14 loss to Michigan State, Ohio State was left out of the Big Ten Championship Game and does not control its playoff destiny. The Buckeyes reflected on that Tuesday.

A group of Buckeyes met with the media Tuesday to discuss the weekend of football ahead.

For the first time this season, though, the slate of games being discussed will not feature Ohio State. The Buckeyes are left home watching this weekend as conference championship games play out throughout the country.

The results of those games will have a major bearing on where Ohio State ends up playing this postseason as the Buckeyes still have an outside shot of being in the College Football Playoff.

Defensive end Joey Bosa said he will keep an eye on the games and believes his team is deserving of a chance to repeat its title.

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Ohio State middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan spoke about his conflicted rooting interest this weekend. He is friends with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, but a Tigers loss would help the Buckeyes have a shot to make the final four. The linebacker also spoke about the way the defense has played down the stretch.

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Offensive lineman Pat Elflein agreed that the Buckeyes should be in the playoffs, saying that how the team is playing and the statement they made against Michigan should give them a chance to play for a title. The offensive lineman also said he thinks running back Ezekiel Elliott is worthy of the Heisman Trophy.

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Elliott spoke about the possibility of ending up in New York for the Heisman Ceremony and his play against Michigan. The running back amassed 214 yards on the ground and two touchdowns against the Wolverines.

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A big part of the reason for Elliott's success was the ability of J.T. Barrett to run the read option. The quarterback addressed why he was so successful in that regard against Michigan and why offensive coordinator Ed Warinner being in the booth played a part in that.

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