Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren called No. 3 Michigan's 45-23 victory over No. 2 Ohio State an "instant classic" and argued after the game that "without question" the Big Ten with two teams The College Football Playoff must end. "One hundred percent," Warren told ESPN on Saturday. "Obviously, Michigan and Ohio State are two of the best four teams in the country, and I think they showed that today. Great game of football. Epic game of football. Without a doubt, I think they are clear." formally two of the best football teams in the world ". country." (Big Ten Boss Kevin Warren: 'Without A Doubt' OSU Deserves A Spot On The CFP) The result moves Michigan into the Big Ten title game the following week and essentially locks in a College Football Playoff bid for the Wolverines regardless of the outcome of that matchup. It also leaves Ohio State's postseason chances riddled with ambiguity. The Buckeyes (11-1) will be considered one of the best one-loss teams in the country, and there will be plenty of intrigue about where they land in the College Football Playoff standings shown on Tuesday. Much of his fate will be determined by the results of Saturday and the rest of next week. (Big Ten Boss Kevin Warren: 'Without A Doubt' OSU Deserves A Spot On The CFP) "It was a really good football game from start to finish," Warren said, adding that Michigan outscored Ohio State 21–3 in the fourth quarter. "These are two powerhouse teams and clearly two of the top four teams in all of college football. You watch every game you watch. Even put the rankings aside. In case you're wondering, who What teams are better than these two football teams in the country? They are two of the top four teams in the country. So far." Since the introduction of the post-season model in the 2014 season, the Big Ten has never fielded two teams in the College Football Playoff. Ohio State reached the CFP once more as a non-champion, going 11–1 in 2016. In Some Ways, How Ohio State Is Perceived At 11-1 Is A Referendum On How The Big Ten Is Perceived. "I really believed that this whole season," Warren said. "Last season, this season. Today I reiterated how strong Big Ten football is. I'm excited to see these next two weeks, where it all lands." Ohio State led the game 20–17 at halftime, but a thrilling wave of big plays undone it. Five of Michigan's six touchdowns came on plays of at least 45 yards: passes of 69, 75 and 45 yards and runs of 75 and 85 yards in the fourth quarter. (Big Ten Boss Kevin Warren: 'Without A Doubt' OSU Deserves A Spot On The CFP) Ohio State coach Ryan Day said that if given the chance, the Buckeyes can prove they belong in the CFP. He added that the final score was not really indicative of the duration of the loss. (Big Ten Boss Kevin Warren: 'Without A Doubt' OSU Deserves A Spot On The CFP) "I thought we were on it, and we were finally out there fighting," Day said. “Obviously it spiraled out of control down the stretch, but it wasn't like we were unmatched in terms of overall play, I don't think so. Gotta go at the body and what we've done "We have a lot of good pieces in this team and we fell short today. But I think if we can get a shot at the top four, we'll be a dangerous team." Ohio State Quarterback C.J. Stroud Said That This Season The Ohio State Staff Was Not Represented On The Field Today. "Hopefully we get to the playoffs again and try to compete for a national championship again," Stroud said. "This game does not define this team."