Ohio State won the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night, but on Sunday, the Buckeyes had their celebration ruined when they didn’t get into the College Football Playoff.
The selection committee decided instead to put a one-loss Alabama team that didn’t win the SEC title in the No. 4 spot ahead of the Buckeyes, sparking some debate.
Though the Crimson Tide are certainly deserving of a spot, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said on ESPN on Sunday afternoon that he would have liked a chance to be in the mix.
He did add that the committee probably did a good job and that he doesn’t know much about the process. But, he said, the Buckeyes’ 31-point road loss at Iowa in November probably hurt them.
“I think they probably did the best they could,” he said. “I don’t really study it that much. I think that would be an injustice to my players.
“The bottom line is we had a tough road loss to a very good team. What could we have done better? I don’t know.”
Ohio State will play in the Cotton Bowl vs. USC, another conference champion that didn’t make the final four:
Meanwhile, Alabama will play No. 1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, with a trip to the national championship game on the line.