There is no sugar-coating Ohio State vs. Clemson in the 2017 College Football Playoff Semi-Final — the Buckeyes simply got boat raced. It also begs the question of should anyone not even winning its own division in college football be anywhere near the college football playoff.
Of course, the answer is it depends. Just like it did this year, but given a scenario just like this one, Ohio State certainly ruined it for everyone else in a 31-0 butt-kicking at the Playstation Fiesta Bowl.
Between the offense’s inability to sustain drives and a defense that gave up over 470 yards it was a disaster from start to finish for the Buckeyes. If it wasn’t the offense going three-and-out, it was Ohio State’s defense getting gashed over and over again.
Nothing could or did go right.
Ohio State gave up 205 yards on the ground, the third time it surrendered 200-plus yards in the rushing game on the season, but the second time in the last three contests.
Even two interceptions from DeShaun Watson couldn’t help given those kind of numbers. Watson finished the day 23 of 36 for 259 yards and one touchdown passing, while adding 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
Ohio State came in to this game knowing it had to win the battle up front and control the tempo of this game. Instead, its offensive line couldn’t open a hole or pass protect and the defensive line was not able to come up with the big play when needed.
The Buckeyes finished the game with just 81 yards on the ground and 208 total yards on offense. OSU’s offense produced just three first downs on 14 tries on third downs and was worked over by Clemson’s defensive line to the tune of three sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
All of that from a team that many believed was one of the two locks to make the College Football Playoff just about a month ago.
Ohio State tried twice to make it a game in the second half, but a pair of interceptions from J.T. Barrett sealed the deal in this one.
His first INT came as the Buckeyes were marching inside Clemson’s 20-yard line and on a 3rd-and-2. Instead of hitting the sure thing in Mike Weber (who had fumbled and nearly lost on the previous play) out in the flat, Barrett looked for a longer pass and floated it under pressure.
Pressure was the theme of the game for Barrett, and it also contributed to his second interception of the game. He was hit low as he went deep once again, resulting a pick in the end zone that Clemson promptly returned to the OSU 14-yard line.
A personal foul penalty was tacked on, and one play later Clemson took its already monstrous lead to an insurmountable 31-0 final scoreline.
From beginning to end, Ohio State just didn’t have it on New Year’s Eve. Call it a one-off, but this was a game that showcased some of Ohio State’s biggest weaknesses and all credit has to go to Clemson for doing what no team (even Penn State) was capable of doing all season long.
However, from a larger perspective, Ohio State’s loss has big implications on the future of the College Football Playoff.
Penn State shouldn’t have been in over a team it beat and then got boat raced in the CFB Playoff? Okay then.
We’ll see what the Nittany Lions do in the Rose Bowl against USC, but for now OSU’s performance (or lackthereof) in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl certainly wasn’t a ringing endorsement of not letting the game on the field do the talking in the regular season.
Greg Schiano out at Ohio State, Michigan’s Mattison reportedly in
In terms of rivalries, there is no more intense in the Big Ten than Michigan an Ohio State. It’s one that lives on in the fans, players and coaches for 365 days a year.
On Jan. 7, 2019 things got a whole lot more interesting for the next 365 days that’s for sure.
First, news broke that defensive coordinator Greg Schiano will not be back with the Buckeyes under new head coach Ryan Day. Many believed this past season wasn’t up to par for the Buckeyes and Schiano seemed likely to take the fall for that.
OSU finished this season ranked 72nd in total defense after back-to-back seasons in the top 10 of that category nationwide. The Buckeyes gave up over 400 yards of total offense this year as well.
So, who will replace Schiano? In a really interesting twist, multiple reports have come out stating that Day has his replacement ready — in the form of Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison.
According to Mike Sullivan of 97.1 The Ticket, Mattison’s contact with Michigan was about to be up and that Harbaugh chose not to renew his deal.
Thus, he is a free agent and Day has chosen to scoop him up.
Mattison is very familiar with this rivalry, having served as Michigan’s defensive coordinator under Brady Hoke (2011-2014) and then accepting just the defensive line coaching position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff.
His defenses were very consistent in his four seasons as defensive coordinator. Michigan was never worse than 31st in the country in total defense and peaked at No. 6 in his final season at the helm of the Wolverines defense.
Coaches plying their trade on both sides of the rivalry is nothing new, but it is a rarity overall.
BREAKING: Urban Meyer announces retirement
Last week, FootballScoop.com reported that Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer would be stepping down by the end of the 2019 season and likely by the end of this season.
They also reported that Ryan Day would take over as the new head coach once that happened.
After a weekend in which the rest of the media attempted to discredit the report, it is now exactly what is happening.
Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com broke the news early this morning. In the report, Lesmerises notes that Meyer is being forced to step down due to complications from a cyst on his brain.
The Rose Bowl game against Pac-12 champion Washington will be the final game he will coach at Ohio State.
Additionally, Ryan Day, who replaced Meyer as interim head coach while he was serving a three-game suspension to start the year will take over as the full-time head coach starting next season.
More information will be made available at a news conference scheduled for 2pm ET.
Meyer has had one of the most successful tenures as a head coach in Buckeyes history. He’ll retire having never lost to Michigan (7-0), won three Big Ten championships and with an 82-9 overall record at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray.
OSU athletic director Gene Smith is the one who decided Day would get the job on a permanent basis, seeing what the Buckeyes did under his leadership in that three-game stint earlier this year and hoping to ride the wave of young coaches making big splashes.
His rise up the coaching ranks comes just as the Buckeyes are putting up some of the most dynamic numbers in the pass game that college football has ever seen.
Star quarterback Dwayne Haskins could potentially top the 5,000-yard and 50 touchdown marks in the upcoming Rose Bowl game.
Talking10 Podcast Episode 100: Something, something Urban Meyer
Ohio State made its decision on Urban Meyer. Andy and Phil are here to break it all down for you and give you the truth in a hazy situation. What better way to celebrate episode 100 of the podcast than to spend 50 minutes breaking down a mess of a situation in Columbus, right?
We’ll talk our reactions to the press conference, break down the actual findings of OSU’s investigative report and we’ll even talk how the media-at-large and the OSU media handled the fallout from Wednesday night’s press conference.
Don’t forget you can listen to the podcast each week via Radio Public and other podcasting apps.
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Urban Meyer and OSU AD put on suspension following investigation
The media stakeout of the Ohio State Board of Trustee’s meeting can now end. It only took 12 hours or so, but answers finally came.
According to multiple reports, including from the AP, OSU head coach Urban Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season. In addition, athletic director Gene Smith will serve the same suspension from Aug. 31 to Sept. 16 — both will not receive pay during that time frame as well.
Both came under fire as this story unfolded. It began just prior to the Big Ten media days in late July, the story that Zach Smith had been arrested for criminal trespassing in April of this year broke and Meyer fired Smith on Monday morning of the start of Big Ten media days.
Brett McMurphy then detailed in an exclusive report that Smith had previously been “arrested” back in 2015 for a second allegation of domestic abuse against his then-wife Courtney Smith.
Meyer was questioned about that arrest and allegation from 2015 at media days and struck out against reporters repeated questioning. He would deny knowing of the arrest report back in 2015.
However, further reporting by McMurphy put that denial in to further question and Ohio State decided to get to the bottom of it.
Once Meyer was put on paid administrative leave, he would put a statement out admitting to knowing about the 2015 incident and alerting athletic administrators of the domestic abuse allegations.
Meyer has stayed silent since that statement and awaited the outcome of the 14-day inquiry in to whom knew what and when and what action was taken.
That investigation ended this past Sunday, with the committee verbally advising the Board of Trustees on Monday morning of its findings. Two days later, the Board of Trustees would come to meet publicly and then behind closed doors to discuss what would happen to Meyer and others involved in this situation.
Meyer’s suspension is for the first three games, and on the field that is a big hit with three FBS games coming at the start of the season. OSU kicks off the year against Oregon State, plays a Big Ten contest against Rutgers and a massive game against TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
We will have more on this situation and the reaction to what Meyer and Smith had to say on the talking10 Podcast tomorrow.