When Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland found out that Ohio State just lost to Michigan State, he was more than a little disappointed. He’d waited close to a year for a chance to avenge Bama’s 42-35 loss to the Buckeyes in last year’s semifinal.
Ohio State was right behind Alabama at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff Rankings and a chance at redemption was looking inevitable for Ragland and the Tide.
But now, that chance is all but gone. A rash of upsets along with Ohio State beating Michigan next week, then winning the Big 10 Championship in December is the only chance that playoff matchup has of taking shape.
“Me, personally, I wanted to play them,” Ragland said about meeting the Buckeyes in the playoff. “If we get the opportunity to play them. If not, we’ve just got to keep worrying about ourselves and keep getting better because we’ve got a long way to go.”
Cornerback and return man Cyrus Jones agreed.
“It would have been cool to play [Ohio Sate] again,” Jones said. “But I don’t think we really care who we play. As long as we’re in that conversation at the end of the year and in the top 4.”