But when the CFP committee decided instead to go with one-loss Alabama as the No. 4 seed on Sunday, getting to play in one of the premiere bowls in the country at AT&T Stadium in Arlington isn't a bad consolation prize.
While making the actual four team playoff would have been nice, this is still a solid way for both teams to end their season.
Ohio State, which a year ago became the first team without winning a conference title to make the playoff, was the first team left out Sunday even after beating previously undefeated Wisconsin 27-21 in the Big Ten title game. The Buckeyes are also 11-2 on the year, and were able to put together wins in three of the four ranked games that they played throughout the season, including their conference championship win over Wisconsin. Ohio State will stay at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas while USC will be at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. The matchup offers a traditional Pac-12 vs.
MORE THAN DISAPPOINTED: "They're probably devastated", Meyer said of his players.
Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop right tries to dribble past Michigan's Duncan Robinson. AP
"We can't wait for what will be a classic Pac-12/Big Ten bowl matchup", USC coach Clay Helton said. The game matched Big 12 and SEC teams before that.
Notre Dame (9-3) ended up No. 14 in the CFP rankings and has a date with No. 17 LSU (9-3) at the Citrus Bowl on January 1 in Orlando, Fla.
Both teams will arrive on Saturday, Dec. 23. Penn State was No. 9 in the final College Football Playoff rankings and Washington was No. 11.
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