COLLEGE PARK, Md. — In 2014, Ohio State was blessed with the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff poll. They received scrutiny and were bashed by opposing fans, but ultimately climbed college football’s highest summit to win it all. And now, it could happen again.
On Saturday night, No. 2 Clemson lost to Pittsburgh on a last second field goal. After a season of close games and nail-biting finished, it seems coach Dabo Swinney’s luck finally ran out. And for the Buckeyes, that is a blessing.
Following Saturday’s 62-3 win over Maryland, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis overheard a reporter talking about the loss. Unaware of what had transpired at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina during his post-game interviews, he could hardly contain his excitement.
“Clemson lost?!” he said.
With the Buckeyes perched at No. 5, and Clemson losing to an unranked opponent, OSU will be in prime position once again with the season winding down. The Buckeyes need two more wins to solidify their spot in the playoff.
Junior H-back Curtis Samuel said now is the time to go for it, and keep themselves in the top-tier of college football.
“It’s just that time of year that you’re getting closer to the playoffs and closer to championship games and we know we got to step it up and come out here every day and get right on them and put up numbers,” he said.
The numbers OSU has put up the past two weeks have been eye-popping. 124 total points, 1,171 total yards, and just 380 yards and six points allowed.
Prepare yourself for a wild ride.