The hours between the end of Ohio State’s dominant 59-0 victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Saturday night and the announcement of the four College Football Playoff teams on Sunday were stressful for Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer sat in his Dublin, Ohio, living room, operating the remote controller as the 12:45 p.m. ET unveiling approached. When he finally learned the good news, per Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, who was there with Meyer and his family and friends, Meyer “reflexively jumped out of his chair” and when he landed “his knees buckled, seemingly in disbelief.”
“I kind of melted,” Meyer said.
Meyer then embraced his daughter while his wife “cried tears of joy.”
Meyer took one step away from the crowd gathered on the outskirts of his living room before raising his right arm in triumph and enveloping his daughter Nicki in a long embrace. His wife, Shelley, cried tears of joy. Neighbors Jeff and Bonnie Roby stepped forward and popped a $180 bottle of 2004 Dom Pérignon for a celebratory toast, the cork’s explosion coinciding with a merciful decrease of the TV volume. Meyer circled the room and gave everyone a hug, his look a mix of joy and relief. “Wow,” he said at one point. “This is history.”
Not long after, Thamel wrote, the small crowd dispersed and Meyer was back in business mode.
“Time to go to work,” he said. “Exams. Practice schedules. Travel. All of that.”
The Buckeyes will take on top-ranked Alabama on New Year’s Day in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans for the national semifinal.
The winner will move on to face the winner of the Rose Bowl between Florida State and Oregon on January 12 in Arlington, Texas.
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