The penultimate week of regular season football was not without casualties; No. 3 Ohio State joined No. 13 Utah, No. 15 LSU and No. 19 Houston on the chopping block, falling victim to a last-second field goal by No. 9 Michigan State at the Horseshoe.
The Buckeyes are now unlikely to reach the College Football Playoff, and Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland expressed his disappointment after beating up Charleston Southern on Saturday.
“Me, personally,” he told AL.com’s Matt Zenitz. “I wanted to play them.”
Ohio State upset Alabama in last year’s national semifinal, and several progniscators had been hinting at a December rematch.
“Of course we wanted to play Ohio State,” defensive lineman Jarran Reed told MontgomeryAdvisor.com‘s Duane Rankin.
But not all Tide players are broken up.
“I don’t think we really cared who we played,” defensive back Cyrus Jones told Rankin. “I’ll just worry about that conversation at the end of the year.”
Urban Meyer’s team will likely need to 1) beat Michigan in Ann Arbor next weekend, 2) have Michigan State lose vs. Penn State and 3) beat Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game to get back into the Playoff picture.
Alabama will now travel to Auburn this week for a must-win Iron Bowl. If the Crimson Tide emerge victorious, they’ll play Florida in the SEC Championship Game to decide which one-loss team will advance to the Playoff.