Ohio State Crowned National Champions

Who Will Quarterback Next Year?


Head Coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after beating Oregon and being crowned National Champions (Photo courtesy of the Columbus Dispatch)

D.J. Hudson , Assistant Editor-In-Chief

Ohio State has been named the first National Champion of the college football playoffs. Just as they did in college basketball when the NCAA tournament started, Oregon and Ohio State faced for the championship of a new era. This time, history did not repeat itself. Oregon won in basketball but Ohio State won this year in football.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott ran a record 246 rushing yards and scored 4 touchdowns, setting a National Championship game record.

This puts champion Ohio State in fifth place all-time with National Championships, behind USC (7), Oklahoma (7), Notre Dame (8), and Alabama (10).

Also, head coach Urban Meyer becomes the second coach to win a title at two different schools, joining Nick Saban as the only other coach to do this.

The question for Ohio State is what will they do with their plethora of quarterbacks? Braxton Miller led them to a 12-0 season just two years ago, while J.T. Barrett finished fifth in the Heisman voting this year. Cardale Jones won three games: a Big Ten championship, a playoff game, and a National Championship. Now Meyer must figure out who to start next year and that task in itself might be harder than winning a championship.