Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Buckeyes react to College Football Playoff snub

Dora Pope
December 4, 2017

The culprit for the Buckeyes was a 31-point loss at Iowa on November 4, in addition to the 15-point home loss to No. 2 Oklahoma in September.

No. 1 Clemson (12-1) defeated No. 4 Alabama (11-1) in last year's championship game after losing to the Tide in the previous season's title game. Since they also have wins against No. 9 Penn State and No. 16 Michigan State, their resume looks like one of a playoff contender. Georgia put itself in position to make the playoff after a road win over Notre Dame in Week 2 and with the exception of their loss to the Tigers, the Bulldogs rolled through SEC play, winning by an average of 29 points in their seven regular season SEC victories.

Georgia (12-1) thrashed Auburn 28-7 in the SEC championship game, avenging its only loss of the season - an ugly 40-17 defeat at Auburn three weeks ago in which it was thoroughly dominated on both sides of the ball. The Big Ten has a zillion living alumni, and now three of the four teams in the playoffs are located in the southeast, a lack of geographic diversity that is bad for television ratings.

OSU finished with a record of 11-2.

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Clemson won it's third straight ACC Championship this season, beating Miami 38-3 Saturday night. This is Oklahoma's second appearance, and the first time for Georgia. The Crimson Tide, on the other hand, lost last weekend to their rival Auburn and didn't even make their conference championship game.

Perhaps the most newsworthy item is that the Big Ten and Pac-12 were shutout of the College Football Playoff.

Bryant has been excellent in the six games since the Syracuse loss, completing 125-of-186 passes (67 percent) for 1,303 yards, nine touchdowns and just two interceptions.

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