The Ohio State Buckeyes came away with a massive win over their Big Ten rivals Michigan on Saturday, knocking the Wolverines off 62-39 in Columbus. It was a crucial victory for OSU, and one analyst thinks it will result in them shooting up the rankings.
ESPN's Jonathan Vilma believes that Ohio State will jump all the way to No. 5 and ahead of Oklahoma.
Jonathan Vilma thinks Ohio State will be No. 5 with Oklahoma No. 6 on Tuesday. That's an unlikely ally for the #Buckeyes as Vilma is a known Ohio State hater from his 'U' days lol— Kyle Lamb (@kylamb8) November 25, 2018
If Vilma's predictions are correct, that will be a major leap for Ohio State and would bring them just outside the College Football Playoff. These are generous expectations from Vilma, who is a known hater of the Buckeyes, dating back to 2002 when he was a member of the Miami Hurricanes.
Whatever the case, the Buckeyes are bound to jump in a big way after smashing the No. 4 team in the country.
The Buckeyes improved to 11-1 on the season, with their sole loss coming at the hands of Purdue. They will take on No.19 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship next week, which will be a deciding factor in their CFP fate.
Northwestern lost their first three games of the season before entering conference play, where they went 8-1, so it'll be a tough matchup for the Buckeyes considering the Wildcats have found their footing and have been on a roll.