Ohio State entered the College Football Playoffs with wins against two teams that finished in the CFP’s top 15, undefeated, and having won the B1G Championship game against Northwestern despite being down 24 players, including four starters.

But the argument has been there since the CFP Playoff landscape started to come into view, about whether the Buckeyes should be in consideration without having played more than six games in the regular season.

Arguing about the college football national championship has been going on as far back as anyone can remember, and the concept of the CFP was supposed to eliminate that.

Well, it didn’t, and the COVID-19 issues related to 2020 didn’t help any.

Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey sat down with Sports Illustrated and gave some of his take on Ohio State being in the CFP and the B1G’s response to COVID-19.

“We saw people not play games and access the College Football Playoff,” Sankey told SI.

Asked if he had any regrets, Sankey replied by taking another vague shot at the Big Ten:

“I’m disappointed that not all FBS stuck together. I regret that,” he said in the interview. “But I’m not the one who walked away, we’re not the ones who walked away. We all should have been more connected. The SEC didn’t walk away.”

“There were those that I think made every effort to communicate why we shouldn’t try to play. They shamed the effort for trying. I think we did a lot right.”

The Buckeyes will have the chance to prove they belong, when they take on Alabama in the National Championship game. The teams will kick off at 8:00PM tonight, in Miami Gardens, Fla.