DALLAS — J.K. Dobbins is recovering from the College Football Playoff snub and focused solely on wrapping up his record-breaking freshman season with a win in the Cotton Bowl.
But once that game is over, Ohio State’s star tailback will have a new rooting interest.
“Oh, I’m going for Clemson,” Dobbins said Tuesday afternoon. “I just don’t think Bama deserves to be there.
“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.”
That debate has largely died down since the surprising Selection Sunday following Ohio State’s win in the Big Ten Championship Game, which Dobbins helped clinch with an MVP performance. And the Buckeyes have embraced an opportunity to play another conference champ on Friday in AT&T Stadium with a marquee matchup against USC.
But they certainly haven’t completely gotten over the disappointment of missing out on a shot at the national title, and at least for Dobbins that has provided somebody to cheer for on New Year’s Day.
“I mean, we shot ourselves in the foot [against Iowa],” Dobbins said. “But the committee is all about who is the best team. I think the last few games of the season, we proved that we were one of the best teams.
“I’m upset about it, but I’m going to watch it. I’ll watch it.”
And there’s no question now who will have the freshman’s support.