College football games, Week 12: Ohio State vs. Michigan State to create separation in playoff, Heisman races

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud can clinch the Heisman Trophy on Saturday against Michigan State. Well, that’s if Spartans running back Kenneth Walker III doesn’t do it first. Bite into that juicy sidebar prior to the first big College Football Playoff elimination game of this month.

To the victor in No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 7 Michigan State goes, well, at least another week of CFP relevance. The loser is all but out of the race. The teams have gotten here with big help from their two stars.

If Stroud stays on track, he will be the fifth Ohio State quarterback in a row to lead the Big Ten in pass efficiency. (The total picture including accuracy, yardage, touchdown passes and interception rate.) That accomplishment would go all the way back to J.T. Barrett and includes Justin Fields being No. 1 in back-to-back seasons (2019-20).

Walker is looking for hiseighth rushing performance of at least 126 yards. Since Oct. 2, he has 819 yards rushing, more than four FBS teams have gained all season. Walker already has had his Heisman moment(s) with five rushing touchdowns against Michigan.

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