staff, staff, January 14, 2015

BTN reporter Lisa Byington is providing reports from East-West Shrine Game practices all week.

On Tuesday, she filed a fun piece that featured Big Ten players talking about who they rooted for in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday.

Ohio State, of course, downed Oregon, 42-20, to claim its eighth national crown.

So, were ex-Big Ten players pulling for Ohio State?

"I'm not a Buckeyes fan, by any means," former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner said. "I'm a Big Ten fan. We get a lot of crap, and we beat every conference. I guess, going into next year, it can't be all SEC. You've got to say Big Ten at some point, right?"

Former Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan wasn't as politically correct.

"No comment," Ryan said, while laughing. "It's good for the Big Ten, but, you know, I can't root for Ohio State."