A look back at each game from this past Ohio State Buckeyes football season

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Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) and his teammates react after the 2015 Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Ohio State defeated Alabama 42-35. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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All right, so the Buckeyes managed to squeak into the last spot of the College Football Playoff. There’s no way they will be able to upset the No. 1 ranked team in the country, right? Especially not when that team is the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide from the powerhouse SEC, right?

Ohio State ended up proving everyone wrong, except for maybe ESPN’s Lou Holtz, when they played in the Sugar Bowl.

Although with the start that the game got off to, you may have seen a Buckeye fan throwing up in a Porta-John. Alabama quickly had a 21-6 lead, scoring touchdowns after both an Elliott fumble, and a Jones interception. The Tide wouldn’t score again all game.

Cardale was solid in his second career start, throwing for 243 yards. Ezekiel Elliott was equally as impressive, rushing for 231 yards, and sticking it right up the Tide’s defense.

Ohio State gained a huge chunk of momentum with 12 seconds left in the first half. Cardale gave the ball to Jalin Marshall, who tossed it to receiver Evan Spencer. Spencer threw a perfect pass to Michael Thomas in the end zone, and Thomas made an incredible catch while also just barely keeping a toe in-bounds. The catch brought Ohio State within one point at the half.

Blake Sims was picked off by Tyvis Powell in the end zone as time expired, and the Buckeyes sealed the upset.

Urban Meyer summed it up best. “We’re good enough,” he said. “That was a sledgehammer game. That was a classic.”

“Maybe the Big Ten is not that bad,” said Meyer. “Maybe it’s pretty damn good.”

The Buckeyes were going to the National Championship.

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