ATLANTA — Ohio State center Billy Price didn’t hear the College Football Playoff announcement live. The center was sleeping when the selection show started because the Buckeyes’ late arrival home after the Big Ten Championship Game.
Price, who’s in Atlanta as a Rimington Finalist as part of the College Football Awards Show on Thursday, said he and his teammates were disappointed. But he said, in the end, Ohio State should have taken care of business. The losses to Oklahoma and Iowa were enough to keep the Buckeyes out, especially the 31-point loss to the Hawkeyes.
“It’s out of my hands. It’s out of my control,” Price said of the selection process. “I know that’s the political answer, but it really generally is. Make sure you take care of your opponents. We had the hiccup against Oklahoma, had an emotional game against Penn State, walked into Iowa and slipped up. Every single one of those moments goes into your resume that you present to the committee. We should have taken care of business. But we’re Big Ten champions and I say that with pride. You don’t take that for granted. It’s really, really hard to be Big Ten champions.”
Price said he understands that the committee members have different opinions. As he sees it, only one team really is a lock: No. 1.
“You have to do everything in your power so that there’s re no question marks or asterisks,” Price said. “There are so many different perspectives and areas and criteria that they’re looking at. There’s no absolute shoo-in unless you’re No. 1.”