All quiet on the Midwestern front. . .

While Auburn was firing the shot heard around the college football world, and while Miami got a Pitt caught in its throat, the Big Ten ‘s College Football Playoff contenders took care of their business.

Wisconsin 31, MInnesota 0: So much for thoughts that effervescent P.J. Fleck might have the Gophers jacked up enough to put a scare into Wisconsin. Paul Bunyan’s Axe never needed to leave the trophy case in Madison.

Ohio State 31, Michigan 20: Despite a rocky start—the Zapruder cameraman bumped into J.T. Barrett and injured his knee in pre-game warmups, and the Wolverines led 14-0 early—the Buckeyes regrouped behind backup QB Dwayne Haskins.

Auburn’s victory over No. 1 Alabama, and Pitt’s upset of No. 2 Miami do have implications in flyover country, though.

The Badgers not only will be in the four-team playoff if they beat the Buckeyes in the Big Ten title game. They ought to be in the top four when the new poll is released Tuesday.

For the Buckeyes, however, the news is not so good. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.