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J.K. Dobbins says he does not think Alabama should have received the final spot in the College Football Playoff.

Ohio State football: J.K. Dobbins critical of Alabama’s CFP spot; Buckeyes a 2018 playoff contender

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J.K. Dobbins takes shot at Alabama

Ohio State will be stuck watching the College Football Playoff at home this season. And when Clemson takes the field against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day, Buckeyes running back J.K. Dobbins knows exactly who he will be rooting for.

The Ohio State freshman on Tuesday took a shot at the Crimson Tide, who were picked for the fourth and final playoff spot over the Buckeyes.

“I just don’t think ‘Bama deserves to be there,” Dobbins said. “Yeah, I mean, I’m not really thinking about any of that stuff. But fresh off the press, I’m going for Clemson because I don’t think Alabama should be there. I think we should have been there.”

There might be a few other people in Columbus who are also rooting against Nick Saban’s team on Monday.

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ESPN lists Ohio State as 2018-19 College Football Playoff contender

While Dobbins digs up the Ohio State vs. Alabama playoff debate, ESPN has already moved on to guessing the College Football Playoff field for next season. The Buckeyes were listed Tuesday at the top of ESPN’s list of contenders who missed the playoff this year but could land inside the final four next season.

“The team that fell just short of the No. 4 spot this year should have a good chance to leave no doubt about its playoff profile in 2018,” ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg wrote.

J.T. Barrett accepts invite to East-West Shrine Game

J.T. Barrett will leave Ohio State with a résumé that few college quarterbacks can match. However, he has some work to do to prove he can be a signal caller at the next level. One of the key parts of Barrett’s professional evaluation will take place during the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 21, where he’ll get the chance to play in front of dozens of scouts.

Barrett accepted an invite to the game on Tuesday. Ohio State offensive tackle Jamarco Jones also will play in the game.

Washington State DC Alex Grinch avoids question about future

Alex Grinch, Washington State’s third-year defensive coordinator, is expected to join Ohio State’s staff next month when the NCAA allows teams to add a 10th assistant coach. He spoke with reporters Tuesday ahead of Washington State’s Holiday Bowl meeting in San Diego with Michigan State, and when he was asked if he would return to the Cougars next season, he backed away from the question — literally.

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