Ohio State Makes College Football Playoff, Finishes No. 4 In Final Rankings

By Patrick Maks on December 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm

After crushing Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Saturday night, Ohio State is heading to the first-ever College Football Playoff.

The Buckeyes will play Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Oregon and Florida State will play in the Rose Bowl. Baylor checked in at No. 5 and TCU dropped to No. 6. 

In the final chance to bolster its postseason hopes Saturday night, the Buckeyes rolled the Badgers in a comprehensive performance in which they amassed 558 yards without starting quarterback J.T. Barrett. 

After the contest, the Buckeyes (12-1, 8-0) maintained a belief they were worthy of the sport's biggest stage. 

Meyer, who didn't explicitly campaign for his team, said it's the most-improved squad he's ever coached.

"This is, without question, the most improved from start to finish team that I've ever been around," Meyer said.

"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."

Others were more blunt about it.

"I don't know how you don't put us in the top four, honestly,” senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said. “I've kept my mouth shut about that for a pretty long time. I'm done with that. We’re definitely one of the top four teams in the country."

Added senior defensive tackle Michael Bennett: "Just watch the film of what we just did ... We just functioned on all cylinders tonight and when you see something like that happen, you have to take a step back and wonder, well, who can’t they beat when they’re functioning on all cylinders."

Now, we'll all get chance to see.

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