College Football Playoff: Ohio State sets up probable rematch vs Clemson

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Ohio State should get another crack at Clemson in the College Football Playoff

Sermons are for Saturday, and Trey Sermon will undoubtedly be heading to the College Football Playoff next, where the Buckeyes will likely face Clemson in a rematch for the 2020 semifinal.

After routing Notre Dame in the ACC Championship game, Clemson should jump up to No. 2, while the Buckeyes hop up to the third position. I think the committee will give Notre Dame the fourth spot, although I don’t believe they deserve it after no-showing in conference championship.

The Irish can always point to their early-season win against Clemson–and it was a great game. But the fact remains, Trevor Lawrence didn’t play in that game and he’s the best player in college football. That makes a huge difference.

As for the re-match, the idea of seeing Justin Fields trade touchdowns with Lawrence would be must-see television.

1. As for Sermon, the grad transfer from Oklahoma, I saw someone in the Twitterverse write that they had kind of hoped Eddie George would hold onto the single-season record.

Did they watch the game?

It took an all-time effort from Sermon to sneak past the underrated Huskies.

George’s then record of 314 yards came during his Heisman winning season in 1995, and just because it’s no longer the top mark at Ohio State, his performance in that game, just like his Bueckeye career, will never be forgotten.

2. Buckeye starter Master Teague got two early touches and then left the game with unspecified injury. He was later seen standing on the sideline without a helmet. Buckeye coach Ryan Day wouldn’t specify what was wrong, only to say the doctors will be looking into Teague’s injury.

3. An interesting nugget: Sermon rushed for 62 yards in just his second collegiate game on his Oklahoma team led by Baker Mayfield at Ohio Stadium. His first touchdown, also came at The ‘Shoe.

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4. Sermon appeared to fall out of favor with the Sooners in the second half of 2019. His carries dwindled, and then he suffered a season ending injury.