Between LSU QB Joe Burrow’s Ohio State roots and Clemson beating them in the Fiesta Bowl, there are a lot of reasons most Buckeyes fans will be rooting for LSU in tonight’s national title game. But one ex-Ohio State player has decided to pull for Clemson, and gave his reason why.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, former Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry decided that he’s rooting for Clemson tonight. The rationale that he gave is that he believes in the “root for the team that beat you” idea.
Unpopular opinion for you Bitter Buckeyes… but I’m rooting for Clemson tonight. I subscribe to the “root for the team that beat you” school of thought
Unpopular opinion for you Bitter Buckeyes… but I’m rooting for Clemson tonight. I subscribe to the “root for the team that beat you” school of thought 🤷🏾♂️
— Joshua E Perry (@RIP_JEP) January 13, 2020
But as Perry predicted, the sentiment didn’t go over too well with Ohio State fans.
A good portion of replies to his tweet consisted of fans complaining about how much they hate Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, or just planning to skip the game.
Clemson knocked Ohio State out of the national title race in their 28-23 Fiesta Bowl win several weeks back. To do so, the Tigers had to overcome a double-digit deficit (and get a few favorable calls).
That loss ended what had been one of the most prolific seasons in Ohio State history. They started out 13-0, clobbering Michigan, winning the Big Ten title, and saw QB Justin Fields and DE Chase Young head to New York as Heisman Trophy finalists.
Perry can root for Clemson all he wants. But he’ll be pretty lonely among Ohio State fans.