As we often say, “Excellence is around us”, and it was on full display Jan. 1 during the Sugar Bowl when the Ohio State Buckeyes blew out perennial powerhouse Clemson in a College Football Playoff semi-final game. Now, the buckeyes take on the historic Alabama Crimson Tide in the national championship Jan. 11. –By Brian Hurlburt, Host, Magnifying Excellence Podcast.
Cleveland.com ran the following headline after the 49-28 victory led by quarterback Justin Fields and other standout performances: “Best of the Buckeyes: Disguised by a pandemic, Ohio State’s excellence blows out Clemson.”
From Cleveland.com writer Doug Lesmerises:
For the entire offseason, angry, talented and looking to avenge a playoff semifinal loss from a year ago, the Buckeyes were led by a Heisman-worthy quarterback in Justin Fields and viewed as legitimate national title contenders. Then the pandemic disguised them. Friday night, a 49-28 win revealed them.
Once again, angry, talented and avenging a playoff semifinal loss from a year ago, the Buckeyes were led by a Heisman-worthy quarterback in Justin Fields and must be viewed as legitimate national title contenders.
All season, everyone wondered who might challenge undefeated, high-flying Alabama, the playoff No. 1 seed that defeated Notre Dame 31-14 on Friday afternoon. Fields, his side aching after a second-quarter hit that led to a targeting ejection of Clemson linebacker James Skalski, raised his hand.
Ohio State can. This Ohio State can.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) January 2, 2021