INDIANAPOLIS – For the second consecutive year, Ohio left the Lucas Oil Stadium with a Big Ten Championship and an uncertain future in the Football Playoffs League. The team is also not sure what the future will be for coach Urban Meyer.
Sixth-placed Buckeyes scored three touchdowns in the last 17 minutes to claim the # 21 Northwestern 45-24 win in the Big Ten title game. Then Meyer and his players argued for why they should play in the playoff.
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Dwayne Haskin's quarter-final appearance in the Big Ten championship again seems to have earned him a seat at the Heisman Trophy ceremony this coming weekend.
"I think we've earned a shot," Meyer said to Joel Sports of Fox Sports after he had received the championship title, although he also said that a Rose Bowl appearance would also be celebrated would. It was Meyer's first Rose Bowl and Ohio State's first state since the 2009 season.
Meyer and his wife Shelley were on the podium at the end of an unusually emotional regular season. He confirmed on Saturday night that he wants to train in the future. He declined to comment on Friday when he was asked after a report on Football Scoop that he plans no training in Ohio State after the 2019 season.
Shelley Meyer said she does not know if her husband is to become a coach after this season. He's struggling with stress-related headaches throughout the season, the result of an arachnoid cyst in his brain. She said she was worried about him because he had always been an intense person, but a pair of convincing victories in the last two weeks had raised his spirits.
"He feels really good now. Winning heals a lot of things," she said. "All I can say is, he has been feeling pretty good in the last few weeks after he got all the headaches under control, and we feel really good today."
Ohio State assistants and players said Meyer's future with the team had not been a topic within the show in recent weeks. The same Football Scoop report, which cited anonymous sources, said offensive coordinator Ryan Day would be referred to as Buckeyes's head coach as Meyer's successor. Day said on Saturday night that no one from the university had approached him to be the next head coach at this point.
"It's something I do not even think about," said Day. "Everything we've been thinking about is this game, and every time things like that happen, it's usually after the season, nothing I'm just thinking about."
It is not yet clear when Ohio State's season will be made. Players and coaches believe they have made a convincing argument for their place in the playoffs with their convincing victories over rivals Michigan. On November 24, she was with the 62-39 victory of the Buckeyes in fourth place and then Northwestern.
"There are many great football teams and we are one of those great football teams," said Meyer. "It would take a lot of effort to win your conference, as we did, looking at the road profits we had – at Penn State, at Michigan State, at the TCU – and then, of course, the way we do played against the fourth. " In America, the team and the way we played tonight ranked. I do not know if we are able to make any statements about where we belong, but I know that they have to make a hard decision because we are a bastard of a football team.
Both Meyer and the players told of the adversities the team was struggling with, and at the beginning of the summer, when Meyer was on administrative leave, he was suspended for the final stage of the training camp and the first three games.  Ohio lost All-America contender Nick Bosa due to a muscle injury that eventually led him to leave school and leave the team to prepare for the NFL draft. "Meyer cited Bosa's departure" a shot " "which took a while to recover."
The Buckeyes had three wins with five points or less, including a 52-51 triumph in Maryland on November 17, but also 159 in their last three games behind quarterback Dwayne Haskins, a likely Heisman Trophy finalist.
"We lost our coach at the start of the season," JK expelled. "We had to play three games without him." elen. We had many adversities. Our offense is something crazy. We have figures that are ridiculous because we have so many weapons. And our defense is picking up, so they should trick us. "
Ohio State's only mistake on October 20 for Purdue is a defeat of 49-20, the most blatant defeat for all playoff candidates. But as after the blowout defeat last year against Iowa, the Buckeyes rallied the route and won the Big Ten.
"We're playing our best ball right now," said Parris Campbell, senior wide receiver. Obviously we had a hit on Purdue, but this team never gave up, we've achieved great results on the road against the top 25 opponents – TCU, Penn State, Michigan State – I think so "This team has a lot on our books, and there's a lot to show."
Jim Delany, Big Ten commissioner, said after Saturday's game against ESPN.com he was proud of Ohio State and all the league teams but not "I do not want to stand up for recording playoffs."
"If it should be, then it should be, if not, it will not," said Delany. "I do not do their case, it's the committee's job, every year is on its own basis, we'd love to get involved, and if we're not involved, we'll go out and have a great Bowl Season."
Ohio State was eliminated from the playoffs by 11-2 last season when an Alabama team that won neither its division nor its league took fourth place. If this year's Ohio State team is not taken into account, the Big Ten champion would miss the playoff for the third year in a row. The state of Ohio last represented the Big Ten after the 2016 season, but did not win the league this year.
"The Big Ten should be represented in the college football playoffs," Campbell said. "The Big Ten is the best conference in college football, we think, so it would be pretty confused not to see the winner of the Big Ten, one of the best conferences, in the playoffs."
Campbell said Ohio State is heading into the off-season with "two good options" in the playoffs or the Rose Bowl, where Meyer still has to train with three Big Ten titles despite a 82-9 record. If the Big Ten champion does not play in the playoffs this year, he will automatically go to the Rose Bowl on January 1 to play Pac-12 champion Washington.
"It's amazing," Meyer said. "I've never trained in this game. [ESPN analyst] Kirk Herbstreit and I talk about it all the time, so if we ended up there, we'd be so proud to be there, and I know our players will feel that." The same.
Campbell said Buckeyes players would not consider the Rose Bowl a consolation prize.
"Everyone in this room would be happy to go to the Rose Bowl, play in the Rose Bowl, and photograph with Rose in ours Mouth, "he said," So if we're not in the playoffs, we'll be more than happy to play in the Rose Bowl. "