Ohio State players share frustrations about lopsided Cotton Bowl
Ohio State lost its chance to beat Alabama again and play for another national title. Ultimately, the world will never know what would’ve happened if the Buckeyes could’ve grinded out a win against Michigan State and earned that opportunity.
It’s already been documented how some Ohio State players felt about the whole situation.
Mike Thomas thought OSU still deserved a spot in the College Football Playoff with one loss. Darron Lee blamed Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook for advertisers losing millions of dollars because of the 38-0 Cotton Bowl loss. Nick Vannett tweeted after the national championship that Ohio State was still better than Alabama.
At the Senior Bowl, Buckeyes still voiced the frustration they felt from watching Michigan State represent the B1G and get shut out by the Alabama team they beat the year before.
“It kinda made us look bad,” Vannett told AL.com.
Unlike Vannett, Tyvis Powell wasn’t ready to say that Ohio State was better than Alabama.
“I think we would have definitely done a better job,” former Buckeye defensive back Tyvis Powell told AL.com. “I was shocked they didn’t score a point.
“It is what it is. It was very disappointing. But, Alabama, it was their year. I guess everybody has their year and it was their time to win.”
Former OSU defensive tackle Adolphus Washington, on the other hand, said that he thought it would’ve been the same result as last year’s Sugar Bowl victory.
Alabama certainly delivered a much better effort against the run against Michigan State than it did against Ohio State. The Crimson Tide held the Spartans to 29 yards rushing compared to 281 for the Buckeyes.
Obviously, Alabama was not the same team that Ohio State ran all over in the Sugar Bowl. But the Buckeyes will always believe they would’ve been a better representative for the B1G.
“I didn’t get to watch much film on them, but I know it would have been a hell of a game,” Vannett said. “(Alabama) might have done a little better this year than they were last year. And I think the way we played in the last couple of games, we could have played against any team in the country.
“I know it would have been another war like it was the year before. So it would have been interesting to see.”