Ohio State University does not make College Football Playoff

Leigh Mccormick
December 4, 2017

After the field was announced Sunday, Iowa fans took pleasure in knowing their team's blowout win was the reason Ohio State missed out on the playoff.

The Crimson Tide (11-1), which lost to Auburn 26-14 in its last game two weeks ago, will play No. 1 and reigning national champion Clemson (12-1) in what is expected to be the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

The Hawkeyes hammered Ohio State 55-24, and the black mark on the Buckeyes' resume was too much for the playoff committee to overlook.

It'll be Alabama-Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on January 1 for a spot in the national championship game.

The victor of this year's game will face the Rose Bowl victor, either No. 2 Oklahoma or No. 3 Georgia, Jan. 8 in Atlanta to determine the national champion.

Since that game ended, there was a lot of debate between the two teams.

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Alabama and Clemson have collided in each of the past two national title games, splitting those matchups, while Georgia and Oklahoma have never met.

Despite winning the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, the Buckeyes will not be playing for a national championship. The Big Ten has a zillion living alumni, and now three of the four teams in the playoffs are located in the southeast, a lack of geographic diversity that is bad for television ratings. And it was a pretty significant loss at that. Ohio State's losses came against Oklahoma and unranked Iowa.

We're having the same conversations we did back in the BCS era.

In fairness, the Seminoles would've made more noise this year had their starting quarterback stayed healthy, but you can't convince me that would've happened to an Oklahoma, Clemson, or - dare I say it - an Ohio State.

"Everybody kind of forgets about that game". "And I think that that consideration based on the kind of team they had then is very important". SEC victor Georgia, who took down Auburn Saturday is in third of the final four. "So, even though we didn't win the game, there's a physical toll that a good football team takes on another team, even if they don't win the game".

It was only a matter of time before we got a college football season like this.

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