In the case of the Ohio State Buckeyes, the ‘spoils’ mean a date with top-ranked Alabama Crimson in the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day. That is the reward the Buckeyes earned after trashing the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship game Saturday night. The Buckeyes beat Wisconsin in historic fashion 59-0.
The margin of victory was the largest in a conference championship game—ever.
On Sunday, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee released the final rankings and pairings for the playoffs.
Alabama and Oregon remained Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Florida State moved from No. 4 to No. 3 and will travel to Pasadena to take on the Ducks in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State moved up from No. 5 on Tuesday, to leap over TCU (which fell from No. 3 to No. 6) and Baylor to claim the final spot in the playoff.
The noise you hear from the West is complaining from Texas. Baylor beat TCU earlier this season, but both teams were named Big 12 co-champs yesterday as there is no Big 12 conference championship game. The Buckeyes, losing to Virginia Tech during the second week of the season, were able to rebound thanks to wins on the road against Michigan State and the thumping of Wisconsin on Saturday night.