Ohio State (13-0) football and Clemson (13-0) will meet in the Fiesta Bowl on December 28 for a national semifinal game that was set when the College Football Playoff committee ranked the Buckeyes second and the Tigers third.
OSU dropped behind No. 1 LSU in the rankings after they needed to rally from down 21-7 to beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game by a final score of 34-21.
"We all thought it could go either way," said center Josh Myers. "We're undefeated. Of course, we want to be number one."
This will not be the first time these teams have met up in the semifinals. They also collided during the 2016 season, when Clemson rolled 31-0. The Tigers would go on to beat Alabama in the national championship, 35-31.
"It's a whole different team," said defensive lineman Jashon Cornell.
"It was a different era of Ohio State," added fellow defensive lineman Robert Landers, going even further.
Now head coach Ryan Day was not on the staff at that time, so he is not focused on this being a rematch, or on the fact that Ohio State dropped in the most recent rankings.
"I thought we made our case, but it's time to move on."
They go forward, carrying the experience of beating Wisconsin to win the conference title, and Day called the third quarter of that game the "coolest" of his career.
"It took a lot of toughness and a lot of love," he said. He also talked about players being so emotional that they were coming off the field in tears.
As for the reaction from Clemson? ESPN aired the comments Tigers coach Dabo Swinney made to his team following the announcement.
"It's the first time since 1966 that a team started the season ranked number one, went undefeated, and finished third," he said arguing that his team was being disrespected. Then he told ESPN's broadcasters, "Free fuel is good."
He did also take a moment to congratulate the Buckeyes. "What an unbelievable season they've had."