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ESPN’s Bowl Projection For Ohio State Heading Into Conference Championship Weekend

Urban Meyer and his wife exit the field.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Ohio State Buckeyes, after a huge rivalry win over Michigan, will head to the Big Ten title game against Northwestern. Let's take a look at where ESPN projects the Buckeyes will be playing in their eventual bowl game.

Tuesday night, Ohio State wound up No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings. To wind up in the top four, they Buckeyes will at least need to win against Northwestern on Saturday.

They also might need Alabama to beat Georgia and Texas to beat Oklahoma.

The real debate will come if Ohio State beats Northwestern, Alabama beats Georgia and Oklahoma beats Texas. Will it be the Sooners or the Buckeyes?

ESPN's two bowl analysts - Mitch Sherman and Kyle Bonagura - are projecting the answer. They both have Ohio State in the Rose Bowl against Washington. That means both are projecting the Buckeyes to beat the Wildcats, but wind up just outside the top four for the College Football Playoff.

The Rose Bowl is obviously a big deal, but Buckeyes fans would surely be disappointed.

We'll know Ohio State's fate on Sunday, assuming they win on Saturday.