The Ohio State Buckeyes completed their storybook finish to a season where there were continuously ruled out. After injuries to their two Heisman contenders and their loss to Virginia Tech many were beginning to think that this season would be a bust for the Buckeyes and they were consistently labeled as underdogs throughout the playoffs.
First Time Champions
This is the first College Football Playoff national championship for the Buckeyes where they played versus the Oregon Ducks, who were labeled the favorites with their QB Marcus Mariota who was looking to complete an otherwise successful season and possibly go to the NFL next season. The Buckeyes had a star in their running back Ezekiel Elliot who earned the offensive MVP after running for 246 yards and four touchdowns with a career high 36 carries; he showed a true display of athleticism that would be applauded by John Havlicek who was a past all –around athlete for Ohio State.