Since they also have wins against No. 9 Penn State and No. 16 Michigan State, their resume looks like one of a playoff contender.
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. Alabama's loss came against Auburn.
The victor of this year's game will face the Rose Bowl victor, either No. 2 Oklahoma or No. 3 Georgia, Jan. 8 in Atlanta to determine the national champion. The SEC plays eight conference games, and two weeks ago Alabama took out mighty Mercer of the FCS. It won the 2015 national championship game over Clemson before falling to the same Tiger program in 2016. The crux of his argument: The Big Ten plays nine conference games and had the fewest matchups (three) with FCS opponents among Power Five conferences.
For the third year in a row the Clemson and Alabama will meet in the College Football Playoffs.
However, after Auburn and Wisconsin lost, that changed the landscape of the four best teams in the nation.
The Buckeyes' 55-24 loss to an unranked Iowa (7-5) on November 4 proved too much for the 13 committee members to overcome, especially in light of the fact that Alabama hasn't lost to an unranked team in the last decade and has never lost any game under Saban by more than 14 points.
The Bulldogs will play against the Sooners on Jan.1.
It was a point Saban made during his Saturday night politicking on ESPN.
It was only a matter of time before we got a college football season like this.