Ohio State Wins Sugar Bowl Over Clemson 49-28: Reaction, Analysis, 5 Thoughts

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Ohio State Wins Sugar Bowl Over Clemson 49-28: Reaction, Analysis, 5 Thoughts

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Ohio State Wins Sugar Bowl Over Clemson 49-28: Reaction, Analysis, 5 Thoughts

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1. Oh yeah, there’s still the national championship

All forgiveness requested if I’ve bored you with this old guy pretentious comp before, but in 1990, UNLV destroyed Duke in the basketball national championship.

Duke spent a whole year wanting to make amends, got to the Final Four, was supposed to get blasted by UNLV again, and instead came through with one of the great wins in college basketball history.

But it still had to beat Kansas to win the national title.

Ohio State beating Clemson was good. That will make everyone feel better after last year, and that will at least get rid of those bad thoughts and memories.

(At least it should, because lost in the whole Ohio State Clemson-game-cost-us-a-national-title narrative is how no one was beating LSU last year in the championship game, but let’s not let that get in the way.)

Ohio State still has to play an Alabama team that seems to be doing just fine at this whole college football thing. And now, if the Buckeyes play like they did against Clemson, they can absolutely win the national title.

There isn’t a talent problem, there isn’t an athleticism problem, there isn’t a health problem as long as everyone is able to lock it down and be okay by January 11th. We’ll have to see just how bad Justin Fields is hurt, but with the way he played after getting banged up, there’s no way he’s missing this game.

This year’s team Ohio State team might not have been a No. 4 seed like the 2014 version, but it still had to catch a wee bit of a break just to get in, and then it all worked. This version looks like it also has it.

Is it all possible to maintain the same insane level of intensity, focus, and motivation?

The “no one believes in us” thing isn’t going to fly – this wouldn’t be a massive upset or even a shocker if the Buckeyes pull it off.

No, this is Ohio State. It’s supposed to win national championships. It’s supposed to be this good. It’s supposed to be in this position to hold up the College Football Playoff national championship trophy.

And now it has a shot to do it.

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