Neither Michigan nor Ohio State has played a down in nearly four weeks, but the next-to-last play from their epic, two-overtime meeting on Nov. 26 continues to be a talking point in college football.
Now known as “The Spot,” Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was ruled to have a first down on a clunky, 4th-and-1 QB sneak. The Buckeyes won the game on the very next play.
The Spot has been looked at countless times from countless angles, and it’s still incredibly difficult to tell for sure if Barrett got the needed yardage to extend the game.
The Chicago Tribune published an article Thursday after speaking with Bill Carollo, the Big Ten coordinator of officials. In an in-depth look at the lives of college football officials, Carollo outlined what it’s like to spend a day in the black-and-white striped shirt, and he also analyzed some calls in the Michigan-Ohio State game.
Inevitably, Carollo discussed The Spot.
According to Carollo, the call on the field — no matter if Barrett was deemed short or not — would not have been overturned through a replay review. There was not enough evidence to overturn the call either way, he said.
The ruling was close enough, Carollo said, that whatever was called on the field would not have been overturned by replay.
So the direction of Michigan and Ohio State’s season really came down to where one official placed the football after Barrett’s run. Michigan fans — and Jim Harbaugh — will continue to see Barrett as short, while Ohio State fans are happily packing their bags for the Fiesta Bowl.