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No. 1 Alabama Faces No. 3 Ohio State For CFP Championship

College Football Playoff nationwide championship: No. 1 Alabama (12-0) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (7-0), Monday, Eight p.m. EST (ESPN) at Miami Gardens, Florida.

Line: Alabama by Eight half.

Series document: Alabama 3-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The Crimson Tide will play for his or her sixth nationwide championship below coach Nick Saban, 13th general in school soccer’s ballot period (1936-present) and first since 2017. Alabama is 2-2 in CFP championship video games. A sixth title at Alabama for Saban would match Paul Bear Bryant’s whole with the Tide, however it might give him a document seven general. He additionally received a BCS title at LSU in 2003.

For Ohio State, it might be its seventh nationwide championship of the ballot period and first since 2014, the inaugural season of the playoff.

KEY MATCHUP

Alabama’s inside protection, led by DT Christian Barmore, vs. Ohio State inside offensive line with OG Wyatt Davis and C Josh Myers. The Crimson Tide had a few unhealthy video games defending the run early within the season towards Mississippi and Georgia, however they’ve gotten significantly better since as Barmore’s play as improved. Davis, an All-American, and Myers have been Ohio State’s greatest blockers, main the best way for RB Trey Sermons’ late-season surge (636 yards within the final three video games).

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ohio State: QB Justin Fields. The junior is coming off the perfect recreation of his profession and possibly the perfect recreation a quarterback has had this season. Fields threw six touchdowns and had solely six incomplete passes within the Sugar Bowl towards Clemson. He additionally took a nasty hit to the facet that left him aching all through the sport. Fields’ mobility is massive a part of his recreation. If he’s restricted, it takes away a key weapon for the Buckeyes.

Alabama: WR DeVonta Smith. The Heisman Trophy winner has been near unstoppable within the second half of the season and had three extra touchdowns on seven catches for 130 yards towards Notre Dame within the Rose Bowl. Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will get probably the most out of Smith and retains defenses guessing by lining him up broad, within the slot and infrequently sending him in movement.

FACTS & FIGURES

If Ohio State wins the nationwide championship, it would have performed the fewest video games of any title winner since Minnesota in 1941 went 8-0. … Ohio State is 23-1 below second-year coach Ryan Day, together with three victories in 2018 when he stuffed in as performing coach whereas Urban Meyer was suspended … Saban spent two seasons within the early 1980s as an assistant coach with Ohio State below Earle Bruce. … Alabama QB Mac Jones has accomplished 77% of his passes. The NCAA document for a single season is held by Colt McCoy, who accomplished 76.7% of his throws in 2008. … The Tide is the primary staff to have gamers with at the very least 20 speeding touchdowns (Najee Harris, 24) and receiving (Smith, 20).

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