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NCAA Football: Big Ten Conference-Football Championship-Northwestern vs Ohio State Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

For the second year in a row, the Buckeyes are the B1G champs. And for the second year in a row, a mid-season blunder against a garbage team has likely cost the B1G a playoff berth.

Haskins was, of course, unreal. Any questions about his ability to push the ball downfield are moot, after dropping multiple 40+ yard dimes to Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon, and a beautiful strike to electric freshman Chris Olave (the hero of the Michigan game).

One wonders what might’ve been if Thorson had had Flynn Nagel as a target. As it was, he still threw for 267 yards and a TD.

Northwestern had a weird season, and that in itself is a commentary on the weird place the B1G finds itself occupying at the moment.

Urban’s future is in question. Ryan Day is the heir apparent. Pat Fitzgerald remains the best coach in his alma mater’s history, having built a division-winning program in an age when top-flight academic schools find it ever harder to land competitive talent.

Onward to bowl season.