It’s extremely disappointing that the Ohio State football team isn’t playing in the College Football Playoff this year. It’s obviously much better to be playing for a chance at a national championship than playing in a glorified exhibition game with nothing on the line.
With that being said, the game isn’t totally meaningless. The Cotton Bowl matchup against Missouri is still worth watching because the guys who will play in the game are certainly going to care about the result and how much playing time they get.
This bowl game is going to give some Buckeyes who haven’t played a lot this season a major opportunity. We know there will be a new quarterback starting the game, but there will be an opportunity for players who are behind guys who opt out of the bowl game and can audition for a starting spot next year too.
Marvin Harrison Jr. says he’s going to play in the game. We’ll see if that actually happens. Regardless, Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss are going to see more time on the field because of Julian Fleming being in the transfer portal. The same is happening at running back.
With Miyan Williams declaring for the Draft and Chip Trayanum in the portal, Dallan Hayden will get a lot of the backup carries behind TreVeyon Henderson. If Henderson decides to declare for the Draft, this could be a chance for Hayden to take a stranglehold on the starting spot next year.
The Ohio State football players are taking this game seriously. They want to end the season on a good note and leave this season with a win. I’m very interested to see which players are able to take this opportunity and make the best of it. This could be big for a team that will see a lot of turnover next year.