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Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith is aware of what’s at stake for his Buckeyes within the newest version of school soccer’s most well-known rivalry.
“I mean, it’s everything,” Smith mentioned of “The Game” between Ohio State and Michigan. “The emotion runs deep. Tensions run high. Special players come out in special games, and it’ll create a buzz for you for the rest of your life.”
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And whereas Smith hasn’t strapped on a Buckeyes helmet because the 2006 season — earlier than the College Football Playoff period — he understands the pressures of 2022 higher than most. After all, he performed in “The Game” the final time each groups entered it unbeaten, and he additionally did it whereas feeling the warmth of Heisman Trophy rivalry.
Ohio State’s present quarterback C.J. Stroud faces that form of stress, and Smith is rooting for him to win all of the crew and particular person honors that he can.
“I want him to be the eighth one,” Smith advised me, referencing the seven earlier Heisman Trophies on show on the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “I want him to go on ahead and bring home another Heisman Trophy. Hopefully, we’ll be slapping fives with him on the stage. You know what I mean, in New York.”
As for the CFP, the most recent rankings revealed on Tuesday had the Buckeyes holding regular at No. 2, and the Wolverines at entrenched at No. 3. This is the primary time CFP period that these groups have been ranked that top, and the primary time since Smith’s look in 2006.
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What’s at stake? The Buckeyes are taking part in not only for the Big Ten East division title and a spot within the Big Ten Championship, however for CFP functions, they’re taking part in for among the best wins of the season.
Presently, No. 1-ranked Georgia holds the perfect victory of this marketing campaign, a 27-13 win over former No. 1-ranked Tennessee that on the time was the Volunteers’ first lack of their season.
While the Michigan-Ohio State winner could be a shoo-in for an invite to the CFP, a detailed sport doesn’t disqualify the loser. With necessary video games everywhere in the last weekend of the season and convention championships being performed within the subsequent, there’s an opportunity for the 2 greatest Big Ten groups to make the CFP.
If No. 5 LSU is buried by Georgia, that might assist the Buckeyes even when they lose to the Wolverines for the second season in a row. It would additionally assist if No. 6 USC loses to No. 15 Notre Dame. After all, the Irish would have wins over USC and the ACC champ — whether or not that seems to be No. 8 Clemson or No. 17 North Carolina — and remember that Ohio State beat ND this season.
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Neither the Buckeyes nor the Wolverines will need to entertain that, although. Even now they’re utilizing each potential second to arrange to win this weekend.
The Wolverines need to show final yr’s dominating victory was no fluke, and that their days of being brutalized by the Buckeye are over. And let’s not neglect that former Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis referred to as OSU “a finesse team; not a tough team.”
“To be honest,” OSU tight finish Cade Stover mentioned on Tuesday. “I really don’t give a s— what anybody else says about our toughness. We know what we’ve got.”
So that is what’s at stake when Ohio State and Michigan meet on Saturday (Noon ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app): Bragging rights, an undefeated season, a assured spot within the CFP and for Stroud, a possible Heisman Trophy.
It all hearkens again to 2006, the final time “The Game” carried this a lot weight, a weight Smith is aware of very properly.
“I remember that day vividly,” Smith mentioned. “It’s a part of OSU history, and I am incredibly grateful to be there.”
Here are final week’s College Football Playoff rankings, with up to date data and whether or not every crew gained or misplaced final week:
1. Georgia (11-0)
2. Ohio State (11-0)
3. Michigan (11-0)
4. TCU (11-0)
5. LSU (9-2)
6. USC (10-1)
7. Alabama (9-2)
8. Clemson (10-1)
9. Oregon (9-2)
10. Tennessee (9-2)
11. Penn State (9-2)
12. Kansas State (8-3)
13. Washington (9-2)
14. Utah (8-3)
15. Notre Dame (8-3)
16. Florida State (8-3)
17. North Carolina (9-2)
18. UCLA (8-3)
19. Tulane (9-2)
20. Ole Miss (8-3)
21. Oregon State (8-3)
22. UCF (8-3)
23. Texas (7-4)
24. Cincinnati (9-2)
25. Louisville (7-4)
RJ Young is a nationwide school soccer author and analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the podcast “The Number One College Football Show.” Follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube.
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