This was the New Year's Eve laugher to end all laughers--New Year's Eve or any other eve.
At halftime tonight, here's what I wrote: The stadium scoreboard reads: Clemson 17, Ohio State 0.
Evidently the Buckeyes' team plane has not yet departed the airport in Columbus, Ohio.
They are no-shows in their Fiesta Bowl collegiate football playoff football game at Glendale, AZ
Well, sports fans, coach Urban Meyer and his Ohio State never did show up for this game.
Clemson demolished the Buckeyes, 31-0, in a game that thoroughly embarrassed Ohio State, Meyer and the Big Ten Conference.
It was the first time a team coached by Meyer had been shut out and the first time Ohio State had been blanked since 1993.
I guess Penn State, which whipped the Buckeyes during the regular season, belonged in the four-team national playoff instead of Ohio State after all.
It's hard to believe the Buckeyes could be so bad in a game of this magnitude.
Even Woody Hayes had to be rolling over in his grave after this one.
Hayes, of course, was the guy who became the face of Ohio state football in the previous century.
He coached the Buckeyes for 28 years, before leaving in disgrace. He was fired after punching a Clemson [yes, Clemson] player, Charlie Bauman, late in the 1978 Gator Bowl.
I'm wondering what Hayes thought of tonight's debacle against Clemson.
Whatever, it will be Alabama against Clemson the Jan. 9 game that will decide collegiate football's national championship.
Believe me, those are the two teams that belong in the title game.
It figures to be a dandy.