Internet roasts Ohio State's College Football Playoff chances, reminds of 31-point Iowa loss
Who remembers when Iowa clobbered Ohio State last month, beating the then-third-ranked Buckeyes 55-24 and "ending" its College Football Playoff chances?
Everyone. And the internet is making extra certain of that.
Ohio State, ranked eighth in the Playoff Rankings entering this weekend's games, captured the Big Ten Conference crown Saturday in a 27-21 victory over No. 4 Wisconsin at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was the Badgers' first loss of the season and the Buckeyes' fourth straight win since that Nov. 4 pounding from the Hawkeyes.
"We deserve a shot," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer told reporters after the game of his team's Playoff likelihood.
The College Football Playoff Selection Show began at 11 a.m. Sunday on ESPN. Ohio State and Alabama, which lost to Auburn last week in the Iron Bowl, were considerations for a final spot behind the likes of Clemson (ACC champ), Oklahoma (Big 12) and Georgia (SEC). Georgia crushed Auburn in Saturday's SEC title game.
The final four was announced at 11:30 a.m. The teams in the hunt for a national title:
Kirby Hocutt, the chair of the College Football Playoff committee, said when it came down to it, Ohio State's 31-point loss at Iowa gave Alabama the edge for the No. 4 spot.
"Alabama was clearly the No. 4 ranked team as a non-champion," Hocutt said on ESPN.
Leading up to the selection show, the internet wanted to make sure Buckeye Nation and the rest of the college football world was (again) well informed about who they were previously left embarrassed by: a now 7-5 Iowa team.
Some more hot takes:
And the best one of 'em all, courtesy of Alabama head coach Nick Saban:
Grab the popcorn: Sunday is bound to get interesting.
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