When a traditional college football power wins an eighth national title, that generally doesn’t sound like much of a surprise. But Ohio State’s 42-20 victory over Oregon on Monday night in Arlington, Texas, for its eighth title — and the first College Football Playoff championship — was a remarkable outcome, and not just because the Ducks were favored by as many as seven points.
In their second game this season, the Buckeyes suffered a stunning 35-21 home loss to a mediocre Virginia Tech team.
At that low point, Ohio State had lost three of its last four games — the first two coming at the end of last season to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game and to Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Adding to the long odds against Ohio State winning it all this season: It lost its top two quarterbacks to injury.
Yet behind a third-string quarterback making his first three starts, the Buckeyes routed Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, upset Alabama in the Rose Bowl playoff semifinal and overpowered Oregon in Monday night’s final.
Congratulations to the loyal legions of Buckeye fans, including many relocated Ohioans who live in our community.
Congratulations also, however, to a team with much deeper Lowcountry roots.
As noted above, Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech this season. And: Virginia Tech lost to Wake Forest, which lost to Louisiana-Monroe, which lost to Appalachian State, which lost to Liberty, which lost to ...
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