's No. 3 quarterback looked every bit as good as the other two.
Cardale Jones even did something his two all-conference predecessors could not. He led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title.
Jones threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns and was named the game's MVP in his first career start, leading No. 5 Ohio State to a 59-0 rout of No. 13
"I don't think there's any doubt we're one of the top four teams in America," Coach
Ohio State hopes Saturday's impressive blowout at least keeps them in the conversation as the final deliberations take place Sunday.
Ohio State (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten) has won 11 straight since losing at home to Virginia Tech and has beaten nine bowl-eligible teams all but two by double digits. Still, some wondered whether losing record-setting quarterback
Not a chance.
Jones was efficient and effective Saturday, going 12 of 17.
Ezekiel Elliott carried 12 times for 150 yards and two scores in the first half and finished with 20 carries for a career high 220 yards.
The defense completely shut down Wisconsin (10-3, 7-1) and kept Melvin Gordon, the nation's leading rusher, under control. Gordon ran 26 times for 76 yards, his second-worst game of the season.
The game came after an emotional week for the Buckeyes, who learned of the death of defensive linemen Kosta Karageorge one day after Barrett's season-ending injury.