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The Ohio State football team is playoff bound.
The Buckeyes climbed to No. 4 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, qualifying for the inaugural event along with No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Florida State. Ohio State is slated to face the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl in a national semifinal showdown. The Ducks and the Seminoles will face off in the Rose Bowl in the other semi.
Ohio State climbed from fifth into the playoff thanks to a 59-0 drubbing of then-No. 13 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Buckeyes leaped TCU into a qualifying position. The Horned Frogs were left out - and fell to No. 6 in the final ranking - despite being No. 3 a week ago and winning on Saturday.
“I think with the championship game, Ohio State demonstrated they were a total team,” CFP selection committee chair Jeff Long told ESPN. “They did overcome replacing two quarterbacks, and that’s a tremendous statement to the quality of their team. … It was decisive for Ohio State to move into that fourth spot.”
OSU players and coaches said they deserved a playoff spot after battering the Badgers.
“The selection committee has a tough job,” OSU head coach Urban Meyer said. “The whole BCS thing, this is supposed to clean up the BCS conflict or conversations. All I can speak to is I've been around teams that have competed and won national championships. This team, the way it's playing right now, is one of the top teams in America.”
Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the committee agreed. Stay tuned for more news at BuckeyeSports.com throughout the day.