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The joy of winning the Big Ten Championship Game was short-lived for Ohio State fans. Those feelings turned to bitterness, anger and confusion about 12 hours later, when the College Football Playoff field was released and included Alabama instead of the Buckeyes.
It was disappointing news in Columbus and a decision that the committee got wrong, Land of 10’s Austin Ward wrote.
There is, quite simply, no case for Alabama over Ohio State. The selection committee can point to the eye test, maybe, but even that’s doubtful. Everything else on paper pointed definitively to the Buckeyes, and for weeks I’ve been on the record expecting the voters to recognize those facts.
Why the committee rolled with the Tide
Almost immediately after the College Football Playoff field was revealed, committee chairman Kirby Hocutt was on ESPN to explain the decision to take Nick Saban’s team over Urban Meyer’s. Hocutt kept his reasoning rather simple. He said the committee just thought “Alabama is the better football team.”
A few hours after learning they were not in the running for the national championship, the Buckeyes found out they were heading to Dallas for bowl season. No. 5 Ohio State will face No. 8 USC in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29 at AT&T Stadium. It’s a battle of two-loss conference champions that both feel a bit disrespected by the playoff committee.
Here are five things to know about Ohio State’s tilt against the Trojans in the Cotton Bowl.
Let’s go bowling
There are plenty of other intriguing bowl matchups on the bowl schedule during the next month. We have the full bowl calendar so you can set the DVR.
An early hardwood meeting with TTUN
Ohio State basketball plays host to Michigan on Monday night (6:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) in a rare early December Big Ten game. The Buckeyes basketball team also beat Wisconsin on Saturday, sending a message in an 83-58 win at the Kohl Center.
Ohio State is looking to improve to 2-0 in Big Ten play and 7-3 overall in Chris Holtmann’s first campaign in Columbus. The Buckeyes were listed as 1.5-point favorites at home.
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