ATLANTA — On the plus side, Iowa got some serious run on ESPN early Sunday afternoon.
Of course, not all of it was … um, kind.
Valiant effort from ESPN to dramatize that but you can’t give up 55 to Iowa, lose 2 games and get in the playoff if you’re Ohio State. It’s not that hard.
— Ben Williamson (@_WilliamsonBen) December 3, 2017
If Ohio State didn’t lose to A 5 loss Iowa team by 31 none of this would be discussed they would be in end of story even with a 15 point loss to a team in the playoff.
— TheRealHean (@jheaney315) December 3, 2017
Ohio State got blown out by weak ass Iowa. Shouldn’t be anywhere near a playoff.
— Abe Froman Jr. (@Mr_HighYellow) December 4, 2017
“I was watching it in my friend’s room, and I’d seen who [the committee] picked,” Hawkeyes cornerback Joshua Jackson, a finalist for the 2017 Thorpe Award, told Land of 10 during a media session at the College Football Hall of Fame early Wednesday night.
“And I thought it was … interesting, the way they picked it.”
That’s putting it kindly.
For the first time since the College Football Playoff debuted in 2014, it’ll feature a bracket that won’t have a Big Ten team in it. And the Hawkeyes — or rather, No. 5 Ohio State’s 55-24 thrashing at the hands of the Hawkeyes — is cited as Exhibit A as to why.
“Ya know, [the Buckeyes] lost a bad game by a big margin,” ESPN host Rece Davis said during a media scrum at the Hall of Fame on Wednesday. “Against a very mediocre team.”
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) November 28, 2017
Or this one?
2017 Iowa highlight reel, Joshua Jackson’s Incredible Interception vs. Ohio State.https://t.co/s8XKhL9Lq7
— Greg Beat (@beatgr) November 5, 2017
“People are going to say what they want to say,” said Jackson, who intercepted Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett three times back on Nov. 4 in Iowa City, a performance that propelled his candidacy for the Thorpe Award, which will be presented Thursday at the Hall of Fame.
“But we just want to come out and play and be the best we can just try to be against every team. So as long as we beat them, it really doesn’t matter what they say.”
Iowa (7-5) settled it on the field against the Buckeyes (11-2), who were passed over for the CFP’s final slot — No. 4 in the country — by Alabama the morning after the Bucks topped Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship.
“It’s unfortunate that it happened,” Jackson said of the Big Ten snub. “[But] our job is to come out, prepare hard, and try to win every game.”
The skywalking Texan said he had no beef with Barrett before, nor after, their Nov. 4 showdown.
“[There’s] no hard feelings or anything off the field,” said Jackson, whose 7 interceptions were the most of any Big Ten defender this fall.
“It’s all about just playing good football.
“It is what it is, and they chose who they wanted to be in, so there’s really not much you can do. Either you’re in, or you’re not.”
The Crimson Tide (11-1) are in, despite not winning the SEC or a division championship. A reporter asked the Hawkeyes cornerback if ‘Bama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, another Thorpe Award finalist down in Atlanta this week, had thanked him for sinking the Buckeyes’ case.
Jackson just grinned.
“I mean, he can,” he replied, smiling again. “I’m not expecting it.”