Ohio State’s failure to finish in the top four of the final College Football Playoff rankings means it will face Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.
The 12-1 Buckeyes were sixth in the final rankings released Sunday.
Ohio State assured itself of at least a berth in the Rose Bowl with a 45-21 victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten title game Saturday night. The Buckeyes were hoping for losses Saturday by two of the teams ranked above them to lift them from the sixth spot they had in the rankings released Tuesday into the playoff.
While either top-ranked Alabama or fourth-ranked Georgia were assured of a loss in the Southeastern Conference title game, Oklahoma’s 39-27 victory over Texas in the Big 12 title game earlier Saturday virtually ended the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes.
The top three teams in the final ranking were unchanged from Tuesday — Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. Oklahoma moved from fifth to fourth. Georgia fell to fifth following its 35-28 loss to Alabama.
Ohio State will be making its first Rose Bowl appearance since the 2009 season when it defeated Oregon, 26-17. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Conference championship in 2014 but did not play in the Rose Bowl as they were selected for the playoff and won the national championship.
Washington assured itself of its first Rose Bowl berth since the 2000 season with a 10-3 victory over Utah on Friday in the Pac-12 title game, improving its record to 10-3.
The Huskies would have played in the Rose Bowl for the 2016 season as the Pac-12 Conference champion, but were selected for the playoff, losing to Alabama, 24-7 in a semifinal.
This will be the first meeting between Ohio State and Washington in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes lead the series 8-3, including a 33-14 victory in the most recent game in 2007.
Additional tickets for the Rose Bowl will go on sale Tuesday via www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 653-8000.
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