Ohio State finally took control of its game against Indiana in the fourth quarter. That was still better than Florida State.
As usual, the only time the Seminoles were in control against Boston College was when the game was over.
After a week in which game control became a thing — too much of a thing, really — a couple of College Football Playoff contenders gave the selection committee something to think about by taking a while to put away big underdogs.
The Buckeyes played a sloppy first half, turned the ball over three times and couldn't contain Indiana star Tevin Coleman — though very few have this season.
Ohio State, sixth in the latest playoff rankings, finally pulled away with a late barrage and beat the Hoosiers 42-27 in Columbus, Ohio.
The Buckeyes outgained Indiana by 132 yards, but it wasn't their best day.
"We have some work to do. Sometimes in college football, things don't go exactly as scripted," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.
The Buckeyes were behind Mississippi State (No. 4) and TCU (No. 5) in the playoff rankings and ahead of Baylor. All have lost one game and committee chairman Jeff Long said last week there was a narrow margin between the four.
The Buckeyes are still dealing with that resume-wrecking loss to Virginia Tech — which didn't look any better Saturday when the Hokies lost 6-3 in double overtime to lowly Wake Forest. Will a less-than-overwhelming win be a problem for Ohio State when the committee gets together?
The committee nicked TCU last week, dropping it a spot after it struggle to beat Kansas and talked about how the Horned Frogs didn't control the game. Meanwhile, Alabama jumped to No. 1 because it did control the game while beating Mississippi State.
ESPN has an advance metric called game control that is not used by the committee, but the use of it by the network's analysts after Long's weekly appearance caused all kinds of confusion for fans. And started an Internet meme as #gamecontrol was popping up all over Twitter on Saturday.
Florida State is the anti-game control team. The Seminoles are still the only undefeated Big Five conference team after beating Boston College 20-17 on a last-second field goal.
"The majority of the games we've played this year have been like this game," Jameis Winston said. "So this isn't anything new.
Third in the latest rankings, Florida State doesn't seem to be in any danger of falling out of the top four.
The 'Noles might not control many games, but they seem to control their path to the playoff.
Just keeping winning.