The College Football Playoff Committee selected Alabama over Ohio State for the No. 4 seed in the playoff under the justification that the Tide were ‘unequivocally better’ than the Buckeyes. The controversial selection sent Ohio State to face USC in the Cotton Bowl in Jerryworld. How did Urban Meyer take the news? “I sunk in my chair at home, because I really thought we were in…I kind of looked at it and stared at it for a minute.” But Meyer said OSU has moved on, “We’re going to have some fun in this bowl practice…We’re going to have to do our very best to win it. And our players know we’re not going to change the way we do our business; we’re going to try to go win a game.” Dan Hope with more.
What does this move by the committee mean? Well, OSU got the 2016 Penn State treatment. Like Penn State, the Buckeyes were an explosive two-loss team that won the Big 10 conference against Wisconsin but were sent to play USC in a non-playoff game. So for the second year in a row, the Big Ten champ will not make the playoff. The all important ‘eye test’ ended up trumping OSU’s edge over Alabama in strength of schedule, and conference championships, two of the committee’s self-stated selection criteria. The loss to Iowa was too toxic to overcome, and because of it OSU was never compared to Alabama as a ‘comparable’ team.
- Buckeye Talk: Post Bowl announcement: Can College Football Playoff committee be trusted as Buckeyes are left out?, Cleveland.com – December 4
- Loss to Iowa ultimately sinks playoff hopes; USC, Cotton Bowl await, Bill Rabinowitz, Columbus Dispatch – December 3
- The College Football Playoff committee got it wrong: Alabama is in on brand loyalty only, Dan Wolken, USA Today – December 3
- Why the selection committee got it right, Andrea Adelson, ESPN – December 4
- Ohio State opens Cotton Bowl ticket requests, Land-Grant Holy Land – December 3
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