Confetti fell on the Ohio State Buckeyes late Saturday night after their 27-21 victory in the Big Ten Championship Game over previously unbeaten Wisconsin. But once the elation of the moment expired, Buckeyes were left wondering just how excited they would be come Sunday.
The Buckeyes were on the outside looking in of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee's final top four, losing out on that critical fourth spot to 11-1 Alabama -- which did not win its division, much less conference championship.
That didn't sit well in Columbus, but coach Urban Meyer hardly let his frustration be known to the masses.
"We had a job to do in Indianapolis, and we did it," Meyer said on ESPN. "The College Football Playoff committee had a job to do, and they did it. We respect it, move forward, keep swinging and the most important thing is to go win this next game for our seniors.
"We had a loss. We had a tough loss -- two losses, but I think that was the toughest one," Meyer said. "I was kind of hoping that we had those good wins. I think we had three wins against the top 16 teams in America. But I get it. Move forward and get around people you care about -- your family and teammates."
Director of player personnel Mark Pantoni pointed out how the tune of the committee changed from last week to this week.
Last week - “very little separation between teams 5-8”— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) December 3, 2017
Win conference championship over very good undefeated team
Today Alabama is “unequivocally better”
That’s foul....— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) December 3, 2017
??????— Samwise (@Sam_Hubbard_) December 3, 2017
😑— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) December 3, 2017