The Ohio State Buckeyes are the 2014 National Champions after their win 42-20 win Monday night over the Oregon Ducks. Ezekiel Elliott set National Championship game records for rushes (36), rush yards (246) and rushing touchdowns (4).
It’s amazing to think about how close the Buckeyes were to not making the playoff at all.
Ohio State needed an impressive victory in the Big Ten Championship Game to sneak into the top four because they were not undefeated; they finished the season 12-1 thanks to a Virginia Tech loss that haunted them all season long until the moment they were announced as No. 4 in the final College Football Playoff rankings.
Virginia Tech’s win remains the most improbable win of the college football season made all the more inexplicable by Monday's outcome. Ohio State gave up 20 points to Oregon and 35 to Virginia Tech. Their 21 points against the Hokies were a season low. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott ran wild over Oregon for 246 yards and four touchdowns. Against the Hokies, he managed only 32 rushing yards.
For a team that is used to the type of success Virginia Tech has had in the past, it is hard to glean many positives from a 7-6 season. A win over the now National Champions in the Horseshoe, however, is one.
Virginia Tech will open the 2015 season against Ohio State at home. It will be the third time in program history that the Hokies open their season against the defending national champions. For Ohio State, the game will be one of revenge, for the Hokies, redemption.
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