College football games are only played for wins and losses, but this season, Reddit user nbingham196 imagined something more. What if games were played for land?
According to the scenario, when a team beats another team it “claims” the losers land, too. Ohio State, thanks in part to its domination over the Big Ten, would have claimed the most land. Alabama, which defeated Georgia, 26-23, in overtime of the college football National Championship Game on Monday, would have claimed the second-most land.
Imperialistic dreams aside, the Buckeyes will forever associate this season with Alabama. The Crimson Tide were selected as the fourth team in the College Football Playoff, given the edge over the Buckeyes and preventing coach Urban Meyer’s team from having the chance to play for its second national championship in four seasons.
Ohio State instead received a bid to the 2017 Cotton Bowl. The Buckeyes beat USC, 24-7, in the game, sending longtime quarterback J.T. Barrett to graduation with a victory, but not the one Ohio State wanted.