The Monday After: The Big Ten needs to put Ohio State in its conference title game for its own good

Ohio State is a playoff team. It has been the entire season, even if an entire season in the Big Ten hasn’t felt like an entire season. While many people needed to see Ohio State smother Michigan State without several key starters and coaches to be convinced, I’ve felt this way for a while.

I don’t need to see Ohio State play a minimum of five games before I can decide if it’s better than other College Football Playoff contenders.

I’ve also been convinced that while plenty have debated about how many games the Buckeyes need to play this season to be selected for the playoff, that it’s never been a legitimate problem. As long as Ohio State didn’t have its season shut down by COVID-19, I’ve felt it will be one of the four teams chosen so long as it doesn’t lose one of the games it does play.

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WATCH: Penn State WR Jahan Dotson hauls in jaw-dropping one-handed TD catch vs. Ohio State


No. 3 Ohio State and No. 18 Penn State are squaring off in Happy Valley on Saturday, and Nittany Lions wide receiver Jahan Dotson brought the goods. 

Down 31-13 early in the fourth quarter, Sean Clifford hit Dotson on a 37-yarder on third-and-17 to get to the Ohio State 20-yard line. It as no ordinary catch, though, as the ball was tipped around before Dotson trapped it with his left hand against helmet. One play later, however, Dotson really had college football fans losing their minds when he hauled in a highlight-reel, one-handed catch — this time with his left hand — for a 20-yard touchdown to cut Ohio State’s lead to 31-19 at the time. 

Check out the second of the two unbelievable catches by the 5-foot-11, 182-pound junior from Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

That’s not even fair, and both catches were made despite good coverage from Ohio State’s defense.

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