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Buckeyes earn No. 3 spot in College Football Playoff rankings

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Without a conference or division title, the Ohio State Buckeyes learned during their “bye week” that they are one of the four best teams in the country. Although they dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 — swapping with the Clemson Tigers — in the final rankings of the season, the scarlet and gray are set to take on No. 2 Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve in the second half of the semifinals.1 The first game of the semifinals will feature No. 1 Alabama against No. 4 Washington in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

How did Ohio State get in the Playoff ahead of Penn State, who beat them head-to-head and won the Big Ten title, you ask? The committee, like many around the country, believed that the Buckeyes’ resume was much better, with only one loss (compared to the Nittany Lions’ two), and an impressive 3-1 record against the top-10, including two of those wins on the road. While conference championships are part of the decision (the previous 12 teams in the Playoff in its first three years were all conference champions), it’s not the only thing that the committee pays attention to, as chairman Kirby Hocutt pointed out following the announcement of the Final Four.

“As recent as this morning, we came back to our protocol and that is identifying the four best teams in college football. Conference championships is only one of those metrics.”

After losing 16 starters, including 12 who were selected in the NFL Draft, the Buckeyes were able to get back to the Playoff with 44 freshmen (true and red-shirt) and plenty of inexperience. To say that head coach Urban Meyer and the coaching staff did an incredible job with such a young team, along with the development of their players, would be an understatement. The Buckeyes want to win the national championship, but they have already exceeded most expectations this season.

Regarding uniforms, the Buckeyes will be rocking a similar version to the one they donned when they won the national championship in the inaugural College Football Playoffs just two short years ago in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.

To get you ready for the semifinal game against Clemson, the Ohio State football team released an yet another video trailer. The video features pregame speeches from strength coach Mickey Marroitti, Meyer, and quarterback J.T. Barrett along with highlights starting with the 2015 semifinal game when the Buckeyes beat Alabama and all the way up to the double-overtime win over Michigan in the regular season finale. While I don’t want to wish away the holidays or the next few weeks, the video will make you wish it was already New Year’s Eve.

In case you forgot, Clemson handed Meyer’s Buckeyes one of his five losses since he arrived in Columbus. The Tigers beat the Buckeyes, 40-35, in the 2013 Orange Bowl. Three years later, not many players from that game will be participating in the rematch.

The semifinal game between the Buckeyes and Tigers is set to kickoff at 7 p.m. ET on December 31. Alabama and Washington will start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

  1. For those curious, the only difference that moving from No. 2 to No. 3 is that it means the Buckeyes will be the “road team” in the game and will wear white tops instead of scarlet tops. []

  • mgbode

    There are fine people of PA?

  • mgbode

    5yo definition:

    Smart football people pick who they think are 4 best teams, they play each other to determine champion.

  • chrisdottcomm

    “For those curious, the only difference that moving from No. 2 to No. 3
    is that it means the Buckeyes will be the “road team” in the game and
    will wear white tops instead of scarlet tops”

    HA.

    The difference is that the CFP gets it’s ratings glory… there was no way in hell they were going to lineup Ohio State and Bama for the first round no matter how it shook out record wise.

  • Garry_Owen

    There’s 162.

  • Garry_Owen

    What’s a “smart football person,” Mr. Bode?

    So if my team wins all of their games, then they’re in?

  • CB Everett

    “Only if they play with the big boys, Lil’ Garry. (musses hair). Now go see what your brother is doing.”

  • Steve

    Ohio State and Michigan hosting playoff games in Columbus and Ann Arbor will cost the Rose Bowl suits a helluva lot of money.

  • Steve

    There was no more personal insult than in your response. If you don’t want to chat with me, no one made you click the reply button.

    Just looking at this year, there would be little debate as to “who’s in”. Three of four spots were going to Big Ten teams. If you have as much fun picking which three loss team should get the last spot as to which actually had the best seasons, then I won’t get in your way.

  • mgbode

    one for each MLB game

  • mgbode

    I am.

    As long as they’re from the real conferences, then sure thing Timmy.

    Yes, there are pretend conferences. They want to be a real conference, but they are imaginary. You know those participation trophies Jack & Jimbo get in Little League? That’s what the best of those pretend guys get. We call it the Cotton Bowl.

  • Garry_Owen

    So those “real” conferences only have good teams in them? There are no bad teams in those conferences? And those “real” conferences are always going to be the best simply because they are called “real” by you and other people?

    And all of the imaginary conferences don’t have real teams in them? Because there’s no way that a team from an imaginary conference could ever beat a team from a “real” conference?

    Daddy, if I go to a college to play football, but I have to play in a conference that you think is imaginary, do I still count?

    But I think I understand. I only count if I play for a team in a “real” conference. And if my team is from what you call a “real” conference wins our “real” conference, then we’re in, right?

  • mgbode

    No son, you will not count if you play in an imaginary conference. I sure as heck would prefer you just do not risk that brain damage. It doesn’t matter, you’re playing baseball anyway. Here’s your glove, let’s go play catch.

  • Garry_Owen

    No thanks, Dad. I don’t really want to play catch with a man I can’t trust, and I just don’t trust your explanation of the college football playoffs. I think I’m just going to go play soccer with my friends.

  • Steve

    No Timmy, because some teams play the 118th ranked schedule to go undefeated. You don’t get credit for beating your little sister at football either.

  • mgbode

    Pickup soccer with friends? Do you think we live in Europe?

  • mgbode

    And they beat Northwestern and Illinois, while also playing in a conference that finished with a whole four teams that finished above .500 (including themselves) 😉

  • mgbode

    Yeah, tOSU is not as good this year — still, Meyer + time to prepare

  • CB Everett

    I agree. Alabama is the only dominant force in the pack. The committee is probably just looking at who could possibly give them a run for their money.

    Really, only if the Bucks get clicking again on offense (and only a big IF, then they are dangerous). Clemson could be really tough too. It’s going to be a battle with them.

  • mgbode

    Yeah, Buckeyes and Tide would NEVER play in the semi-final round of the CFP…

  • mgbode
  • chrisdottcomm

    LET THE SMALL DOG EAT!

  • chrisdottcomm

    and by “not as good” we all really just mean “young as hell”.

  • chrisdottcomm

    And to be fair the only dominant portion of Bama is their defense. There was a point in the Florida game where Alabama might as well have just punted on first down to give their defense a shorter field to score on.

  • chrisdottcomm

    That was still ridiculous but more understandable. Year one, they wanted to be sure to get that marquee match up and not risk some junk Oregon/FSU national title game…oof.

  • mgbode

    Well, yeah.

  • mgbode

    Small dog can have Cotton Bowl scraps

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  • Garry_Owen

    Awesome. I will be at the game on Saturday as the Army goes rolling along.

    Duty, Honor, Country

    Go Army, Beat Navy!

  • mgbode

    I usually remain neutral and just enjoy the game. But, I am openly rooting for Army with these uniforms & now doubly so knowing you will be there.

    I’m not even going to be upset that you didn’t invite me (before I die, I will go to that game if God allows).

  • Garry_Owen

    Thanks, man. Even though I’m not a West Pointer (they assembled me at OCS from the body parts of dead GIs), I passionately cheer every year for the good guys to finally win. This is definitely a bucket list item for me.

    A buddy (Navy brat) and I have been talking about doing this for years, but have never done it. We committed last fall to make it happen this year. Unfortuntately, tickets were nearly impossible to find (Army is as good as they’ve been in 20 years, and Navy is perpetually good – don’t get me started on the conspiracy, which is not a conspiracy but FACT) – but then his son-in-law got 2 tickets from a customer last month, out of the blue. He gave them to us.

    If I had an extra . . . .

    Should be a great game. It usually is, regardless of the teams’ records – but this year . . . I’ve got a feeling . . . it’s going to happen. GABN!!

  • mgbode

    I almost got to go for the whole week when a friend’s brother graduated from Annapolis.
    Quite excited for you. It should be an amazing experience.

    Also, transitive property applies to CFB, right?

    Army 28, Temple 13
    Temple 34, Navy 10

    Therefore:
    Army is 39 points better than Navy

  • Garry_Owen

    Totally works for me!

  • WFNY_DP

    Was JT’s play in the OSU/UM game attributable to the weather, or to UM’s defense?

    (I’m not asking rhetorically or snarkily. I think it’s a legit question.)

  • mgbode

    I think it was mostly attributable to Taco early in the game & JT’s observance of Taco from then on

  • mgbode

    Florida had the 107th rated offense in the country though

    Bama’s defense is legit amazing (especially against the run), but the Miss schools were really the good offenses they faced (and they did not face an elite one)

  • Natedawg86

    I am a grad. I was at the last game Army won in 2001. Not going this year, partially due to X-mas funds. Have to get the tickets earlier or pay a premium.

  • Natedawg86

    Make sure to get there early to see Army march on, and Navy bebop in (some people don’t know this)

  • Natedawg86

    Honestly, playcalling by coaches. I don’t know how we get away with the off tackle qb sneaks with no lead blocker. He was getting nailed and was too jacked up to throw the ball.

  • WFNY_DP

    I still don’t know how Taco and Jake Butt were plucked out of Pickerington right under OSU’s nose.

  • Garry_Owen

    We’re getting into the stadium as early as we can for that very reason, and I am well aware of the difference in military bearing. It drives me crazy, but, whatever.