Ohio State’s playoff dream broke along with J.T. Barrett’s ankle Saturday afternoon. During the first play of the 4th quarter, Barrett took off on a designed run and got crushed. The freshman Heisman candidate was elevated to starter when last year’s quarterback and Heisman candidate Braxton Miller tore a muscle in his shoulder weeks before this season began. Despite losing to Virginia Tech early in the season, the Buckeyes were able to play themselves back into the playoff conversation. Now the Buckeye’s, provided they win the Big10 Championship, are at the mercy of Playoff Committee to decide whether they make the playoffs. I think Jason Kirk of SBNation puts it best when he said, “The committee might just dump OSU due to Buckeye QB J.T. Barrett’s season-ending injury. That would mean punishing a team based solely on a guess about how Barrett’s backup would play in the Playoff, which would be presumptuous, insulting to the rest of the team, and dismissive of the team’s body of work.”

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That being said, I have been rooting for Football Chaos all season. This weekend, Ole Miss did their part, Baylor didn’t do enough, and Auburn dropped the ball. While OSU still came away with a win, Barrett’s injury might have made the committee’s decision a little easier.