CJ Stroud, Ohio State left to wonder what could have been in CFP loss

ATLANTA — CJ Stroud has endured tougher days than this.

After all, this is just a sport. There is life outside the arena. Stroud knows this more than most—a childhood rocked by his father’s incarceration that led to financial struggles in his family and a late-blooming career.

And yet, in this moment, after carving out one of the nation’s best defenses, after setting his team up for a rousing upset, after positioning Ohio State for a trip to the national championship game, his football dream was shattered.

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