I was in the Horseshoe the night Virginia Tech was there. Obviously, Ohio State would improve from that humbling defeat. But who saw this coming? Who saw J.T. Barrett setting records? Who saw Cardale Jones winning the two biggest games of the season? This script continues to write itself. Predicting what will happen in Texas next Monday night … I won’t even try.
All I know is that today Ohio State fans are still feeling the joy that was last night in New Orleans. Parties are the norm on the bayou, but what’s more fun than beating Alabama and helping to take the SEC down a notch?
The weird thing is that now there’s another game. College football now knows what it feels like to reach the Final Four or the Super Bowl or the World Series. Enjoy this for 24 hours, then get ready to win a championship. This has been a long time coming in college football.
But for now, let’s enjoy this victory. I’ve watched the postgame talk and seen what Cowherd and the like are saying this morning. And I’ve been trolling the web to what’s being said in Ohio, Alabama and across the country.
- Rob Oller’s Scarlet & Gray Matter (Columbus Dispatch) is a must-read after every OSU game.
- It hasn’t been a myth that the SEC has been the best conference. The myth was that no one could close the gap. Bob Hunter (Columbus Dispatch) writes about how the B1G closed that gap yesterday.
- Bill Livingston (Cleveland Plain Dealer) tells us the Buckeyes and the Big Ten are no longer who we thought they were.
- The nation has grown to assume Alabama will always win these games, but Cecil Hurt (Tuscaloosa News) explains how this team’s deficiencies finally caught up to it.
- Brad Zimanek (Montgomery Advertiser) said OSU was the better team, but he didn’t understand the Tide’s conservative play calling.
- Joe Medley (Montgomery Advertiser) said Urban Meyer simply outcoached Nick Saban.
- Lane Kiffin hasn’t lasted long wherever he goes, and Mark Edwards (Montgomery Advertiser) ripped him for his play calling. Hard to imagine Kiffin putting down roots in Alabama.
- Washington Post national college writer Chuck Culpepper writes about the national narrative today of SEC vs. the Big Ten.
- Nicole Auerbach of USA Today also writes about the new narrative.
There are lots of videos online with pieces of the OSU postgame news conference. Here’s a transcript.
And here’s your basic game roundup from the Dayton Daily News complete with short videos by reporter David Jablonski and WHIO’s Mike Hartsock. If you want to see some postgame photos, there are several in this gallery by Jablonski.
The big question when this playoff is over (shoot, it’s a big question now): Who will be OSU’s starting quarterback next year? This New York Times story doesn’t answer that question, but it’s a revealing look into who J.T. Barrett is (not much new if you have followed his story closely) and who Cardale Jones has become.
The Lantern (OSU student paper) gives us a lookahead to Bucks vs. Ducks.
And I leave you with this early favorite for tweet of the year: