Well, it was fun while it lasted. When the Ohio State football team lost to TTUN last weekend, they knew that the path to the College Football Playoff was no longer in their hands. They needed a lot of help to make it and needed several teams to lose. Unfortunately, it was not to be.
Washington taking down Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship on Friday night was a good first step. The problem for the Buckeyes is that Texas played three-loss Oklahoma State for the Big 12 title and Ohio State needed them to lose. They did quite the opposite.
Instead, the Longhorns dominated Oklahoma State and let there be no doubt that they are the best one-loss team in the country. With that win, that officially knocks any shot the Ohio State football program had of making the CFP this season.
It’s a shame that the Buckeyes won’t get a shot at the CFP. It’s the second time in the last three seasons that they haven’t made the final cut. That shouldn’t be an issue next year when the Playoff expands to 12 teams. Ohio State has no excuse to not make it then.
Now that they aren’t going to the CFP, they will likely be in the Orange Bowl. It’s unclear as of this writing who they might play. It’s a game that will certainly have a lot of Buckeyes sit out. Anyone who is planning on going to the NFL next season won’t play.
I guess it’s good to have clarity on the conclusion of the season. It’s sad though. Now the Buckeyes can focus on the transfer portal and figuring out who they can get for next year. Ryan Day has some serious soul-searching to do this offseason because next year is his last shot to beat TTUN.
One more Ohio State football game left until next Fall.