Ohio State Wins First College Football Playoff

Zach Piatt

Sports Editor

The Ohio State Buckeyes won the College Football Playoff National Championship 42-20 over Oregon on Monday night, January 12. This was the first year college football used the four team playoff, and fans deemed it a success.

“The playoff made the top four teams prove who was the best in the country,” said Will Cape.

“I personally like the playoff better than the original number one vs number two,” says Stephan Walker. “A team like Ohio State never would have gotten a shot to win the title in the old system.”

Alabama, Florida State, and Oregon would have been the frontrunners to play for the National Championship in the old format. None of which, obviously, won the title.

“This new method exposed the top two teams aren’t always the best,” said Bijay Stephens.

Ohio State was a surprise to many to even be in the playoff. A lot of people thought TCU deserved the last spot, but the selection committee saw things differently.

“During the playoff [Ohio State] really proved they belonged there,” said Stephens.

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Ohio State won the first ever College Football Playoff over Oregon 42-20. Photo from Yahoo images.

The Buckeyes had to play their last and most important three games of the season with third string quarterback, Cardale Jones leading the way. Jones played great, but his performance was overshadowed by the outstanding play of running back, Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott rushed for over 200 yards in each of the Buckeyes’ last three games, including 246 and four touchdowns in the championship game against Oregon.

“Once the offense got their running game going, they were unstoppable,” said Stephens.

“They dominated on both sides of the ball,” said Cape.

It was disappointing to be an Oregon fan during the championship game, even with electrifying quarterback and Heisman winner Marcus Mariota. The Ducks put a smack down on unbeaten Florida State in the week prior to the title game, but ran into the brick wall that is Ohio State’s stingy stiff defense.

“The defense played phenomenally, getting stops and causing turnovers,” said Stephens.

“Obviously, Oregon didn’t play well,” says Garrett Schoenle. “Their defense wasn’t able to play as physical as Ohio State.”

Ohio State held Oregon to just 2-12 on third down conversions, and had a 15 minute time of possession advantage.

“Oregon didn’t play Oregon football,” says Walker. “They didn’t capitalize on turnovers and the defense couldn’t stop the run.”

Ohio State finished the season with a 14-1 record, giving Coach Urban Meyer his third national title. The Buckeyes were a team everybody counted out and ended up a very unlikely victor. After all, who doesn’t like an underdog?


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