The goal for any coach is to win a national championship, if they’re looking at pie-in-the-sky results. Most coaches would be happy with bowl games, improvement, good recruiting. Urban Meyer wasn’t hired to improve, he was hired to win it all. Be it in bowl game championships, a final game between the top two seeds, or a championship playoff bracket. The Ohio State Buckeyes faithful expect no less. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Oregon Ducks 42-20 to win the first-ever college football national championship playoff.
Oregon was able to hang with Ohio State for a good long while, but the Ducks don’t see physical football quite often, nor do they see a defense as big, fast, and mean as the Ohio State defense in the Pac-12. With the score 24-20 in favor of Ohio at the end of the third quarter, it looked briefly like the ducks would keep it close. Then the fourth quarter happened. The team that wasn’t supposed to be there became the team that won it all. Meanwhile, all Oregon’s star quarterback Marcus Mariota could do was watch as Ohio ran over the Ducks’ defense, literally and figuratively.
“Late August, around camp, everybody counted us out when our Heisman Trophy quarterback went down, and then when the first College Football Playoff rankings came out, we was like No. 16 or 17,” said Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, the team’s third-string quarterback turned hero. “Long story short, we weren’t supposed to be here.”
Not only did they get to the game, they won it all. Can’t argue with on-field success.
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