It was not 59-0, but it could be enough to do the job. In the same scenario in which Ohio State used a Big Ten Championship victory over Wisconsin to launch an 11th race. Time for college football playoff and an eventual national championship three years ago, No. 8 Ohio State hopes to do the same after defeating the undefeated. 4 Wisconsin 27-21 to win the Big Ten title.
JT Barrett famously did not play in the 2014 loss, but the fifth-year senior created his own legend by leading the Buckeyes to victory six days after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to lead the Buckeyes with 211 yards air, 60 rushing yards and three total touchdowns.
The triumph pushes Ohio State to 11-2 on the season and gives the Buckeyes two wins over the first 10 foes, reinforcing the Buckeyes case as they seek to reach the 11-1 lead and the fifth-placed Alabama to reach its third Playoff in four seasons, all of which would come under controversial circumstances. The explosion of Wisconsin in 2014 – with Hall of Fame trainer Badgers Barry Alvarez serving on the selection committee – allowed Ohio State to pbad both TCU and Baylor on Sunday. A year ago, Ohio State became the first non-conference champion to reach the Playoff, beating a Penn State team with two defeats that won the hand to hand match against the Buckeyes and won the Big Ten championship.  And now, Ohio State seems to become the first team with 2 losses and the first team to suffer a defeat to reach the field of 4 teams.
Losing 21-10 in half, Wisconsin achieved a score with 46 yards Rafael Gaglianone's field goal to open the third quarter, but the State of Ohio responded with a 27-yard start by Sean Nuernberger .
The score remained at 24-13 when Barrett threw his second interception of the night, which Leon Jacobs grabbed and returned to the Wisconsin 48 yard. Given the short field, the Wisconsin offense charged its first offensive touchdown of the night, a 1-yard jump by Chris James that literally tore the turf of Lucas Oil Stadium in two.
After a 15 minute delay in which the land workers repaired the field, Alex Hornibrook found Troy Fumagalli for a 2 point conversion to pull the badgers within 24-21 with 12:39 remaining.
The next Ohio State possession consumed 7:19 of the clock in a 15-play march, prolonged by a 4th-and-1 conversion by Barrett, but stalled in Wisconsin 3. At 20 yards ] Nuernberger's field goal did not get Wisconsin away, but he forced the Badgers to score a touchdown to win instead of needing a field goal to tie.
Wisconsin moved only 19 yards on the next possession, as Paul Chryst bet on his defense by choosing punt on a 4th and 3rd of his own 38 with 3:20 on the line and a full complement of waiting times. That bet was worth it when Barrett pitched behind an open J.K. Dobbins in 3rd and 5th, giving Wisconsin the ball in his own 30 with 2:59 to play.
Wisconsin moved the ball as far as Ohio State 43, but a penalty for suspension of play and a missed pbad interference flag pushed the Badgers to a 1st and 20th and the puck failed to recover. Hornibrook fired three incomplete completions and was intercepted on fourth down by Damon Webb to allow Ohio State to seal the victory.
A Wisconsin billing began the annotation. The Badgers moved to the red zone of Ohio State on their first possession, but Hornibrook's balloon near the end zone was intercepted by Denzel Ward at the yard 4. The Buckeyes needed only four plays to cross the 96 yards in front of them, the last 84 came with a pbad from Barrett to Terry McLaurin to open the scoring.
Barrett gave Wisconsin a touchdown with a 9-yard pick-six to Wisconsin Andrew Van Ginkel . He quickly erased that score, however, completing a 4-game, 75-yard run with a 57-yard start to Parris Campbell giving Ohio State a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
After three consecutive three-out games, Ohio State put together another blitzkrieg campaign, this time moving 82 yards in three plays, 77 of which came in a Dobbins race . Barrett increased the lead to 21-7 with a 1-yard dive one play later.
Needing a score to stay in the game, Wisconsin drove to Ohio State 37, but Chryst chose to clear in a 4th and 3 instead of going for it or kicking a 54-yard field goal. The decision immediately worked, however, when Van Ginkel forced a fumble from Mike Weber at Ohio State 11, which led to Gaglianone's 28 yards with 3 : 42 left in the middle.
Nuernberger's 43-yard field goal on the final play in the middle was blocked.