OSU campus stunned by the Buckeyes' omission from the playoffs
Excitement and enthusiasm after the Buckeyes win Saturday over Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game changed to disappointment 12 hours later after OSU didn't earn a spot in the College Football Playoffs.
The fifth-ranked Buckeyes were edged out by Alabama in the final four bracket, which also includes Clemson, Oklahoma, and Georgia.
"I think that it was a conspiracy against the Big Ten, and they wanted to put the SEC in over us I guess" said OSU alumnus Paul Lawson.
While many on campus feel the Buckeyes will pummel USC in the Cotton Bowl, it won't be the same as having a shot at the national championship.
"I think the committee just really saw that we came up short with Iowa and the loss," said OSU Junior Sam Yoon.
At a press conference Sunday afternoon in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, head cooach Urban Meyer called the decision "disappointing."
OSU senior quarterback J.T. Barrett expressed similar feelings saying the news "will sting for a minute."
Barrett said a last week's knee injury which required surgery won't keep him from and the team from USC in the Cotton Bowl Classic on December 29th.