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Cheer up, Buckeyes fans. You have a chance to win.

Tom Jackson • Dec 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The bowl matchups have been announced. Ohio State is off to Miami to play Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. Bowling Green State University takes on Pittsburgh at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26, while my alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, has a date with Alabama on Jan. 2 at the Sugar Bowl. Or course, the national championship will be decided on Jan. 6, Florida State vs. Auburn.

The Oklahoma Sooners apparently won the team's Sugar Bowl berth by beating favored Oklahoma State on Saturday. 

When I saw that my team faces Alabama, I was appalled. Alabama is arguably the best team in the country. The Sooners are 10-2 and not to be trifled with, but the team lost to Baylor and Texas and didn't always impress with its victories. If OU wins, it will be a pleasant surprise.

OSU fans, meanwhile, suffered from delusions that the team was of national championship caliber, although I don't think any serious football fans in the 49 other states respected OSU's schedule. The Orange Bowl is a big name bowl, and Clemson is a credible opponent that OSU actually can beat. I assume many OSU fans wish the team could take on Alabama, but I wish my team was playing Clemson. There's something to be said for ending the season on a good note.

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