Title Game Grades: Buckeyes’ Elliott earns A; Ducks’ D-line flounders

Eight years ago, Urban Meyer ushered in the SEC’s dominance by bringing Ohio State and the Big Ten to its knees in the national championship game.

It all came full circle for Meyer and the Buckeyes Monday.

No. 4 Ohio State beat No. 2 Oregon, 42-20, in a game with shades of the 2007 BCS finale between Ohio State and Meyer-coached Florida.

There was the favorite — Oregon, like Ohio State in ’07 — scoring first. There was Meyer facing a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback — the Ducks’ Marcus Mariota, like Troy Smith previously — and there was a defense holding a high-scoring offense in check.

History, at least the tomb written by Urban Frank Meyer, III, has repeated itself. Herewith, position-by-position grades from the inaugural College Football Playoff championship:

OFFENSE

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