Whether the committee buys the Buckeyes' argument is a question we won't know the answer to until Sunday afternoon. Ohio State topped the 50-point mark five times this year and ranks fifth nationally in scoring (43.8 points).
Alabama, on the other hand, is 11-1 and its lone loss was at Auburn, but the Crimson Tide did not win the Southeastern Conference or beat anyone in the top 15 of the most recent CFP poll.
Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook finished with 229 yards passing, but couldn't lead the Badgers to the end zone in the game's final drive. While a playoff spot is nearly mathematically impossible, a New Year's Day game is on the line.
Six days removed from knee surgery, OSU quarterback J.T. Barrett showed championship guts in leading the Buckeyes to victory. RB J.K. Dobbins needs 48 yards to break Maurice Clarett's school record for a freshman (1,237). Then Ohio State's Sean Nuernberger pushed the lead back to 11 points with a 27-yard field goal. In 12 games, Dobbins amassed 1,190 yards rushing on 164 carries and seven touchdowns.
Wisconsin, which got on the scoreboard on Andrew Van Ginkel's nine-yard interception for a touchdown in the first quarter, went into intermission down 21-10 after Rafael Gaglianone's 28-yard field goal with 3:42 remaining in the second quarter. Trailing by six points with less than three minutes on the clock, Wisconsin took over the the ball at its own 29-yard line, but failed to score a touchdown to steal the game.
It's one of the most famous quotes in football, which has been attributed at one time or another to Woody Hayes, former Texas coach Darrell Royal, former Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty and even long-ago Tennessee coach Robert Neyland.
However, that "2" in the loss column for Ohio State will make the decision very hard, especially since one of those losses was a 55-24 defeat to Iowa a month ago. In addition, they can point to Penn State a year ago and Stanford in 2015. Both teams definitely feel the adrenaline pumping.
The Badgers allowed three plays of 50 or more yards in their first 12 games. "Had great memories coming back here", said Ohio Buckeyes' Head Coach Urban Meyer.
He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Sunday, and Meyer said Barrett went through a full practice on Thursday.
Freshman backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, an All-Met at Bullis High, performed admirably in relief last week but watched from the sideline as Barrett marched onto the field to start the game. It is a boulder of an aberration for Ohio State. The junior wide receiver came open over the middle, getting behind safety Joe Ferguson, and was untouched en route to his sixth scoring reception this season.
The Buckeyes had a chance to make a statement with a big win in the conference title game, and after the first half it looked as though they were well on their way.
Ohio State's 59-0 win over Wisconsin in the 2014 Big Ten championship game would be an example of this.