College football winners and losers from Week 12: Ohio State, Indiana and Nebraska

Indiana intercepted Justin Fields twice, sacked Fields twice and struck on a 68-yard completion. With the score tied 7-7 in the second quarter, the Hoosiers looked capable of pulling off a mammoth upset in the Big Ten, one that would've stood as perhaps the best victory in program history — easily the program's most important victory in…

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Indiana intercepted Justin Fields twice, sacked Fields twice and struck on a 68-yard completion.

With the score tied 7-7 in the second quarter, the Hoosiers looked capable of pulling off a mammoth upset in the Big Ten, one that would've stood as perhaps the best victory in program history easily the program's most important victory in decades and rewritten the College Football Playoff debate just days before the selection committee meets to unveil the first rankings of the regular season.

Ohio State's next three drives: 24 plays, 244 yards and three scores. The Buckeyes' opening drive of the second half traveled 75 yards on six plays to make it 35-7.

Left in the dust, IU climbed back behind quarterback Michael Penix Jr., who threw for 495 yards and five touchdowns to bolster a growing case for the Heisman Trophy, before losing 42-35. The Hoosiers are the first Big Ten opponent to play OSU within 10 points since Maryland on Nov. 17, 2018.

There may be several teams in the Big Ten and elsewhere capable of trading blows with Ohio State for a quarter or so heck, even Nebraska drew even at 14-14 about midway through the second quarter last month. An opponent who is capable of hanging around for 60 minutes is harder to find.

The Hoosiers played well. The running game sputtered, as it has all

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