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Welcome to Before The Snap, For The Win’s college football show where we’ll break down the sport’s trending storylines, examine each week’s biggest matchups and track the College Football Playoff and Heisman Trophy races.
The College Football Playoff national championship game is Monday with No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State kicking off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
While the Buckeyes are playing for their second championship in the current playoff system — Ohio State won it all in 2014-15, the playoff’s inaugural season — the Crimson Tide are looking for their third title in six seasons after winning in 2015-16 and 2017-18.
As of Thursday afternoon, Alabama is a 7.5-point favorite, and the game’s under/over is 74.5, according to BetMGM.
Last week, we incorrectly predicted college football would get the fifth installment of the Alabama-Clemson playoff rivalry, but we’re carrying on with more predictions. This time, however, we’re making and explaining bold predictions for Alabama’s and Ohio State’s offenses and defenses, as well as the final score and champ.
College Football Playoff national championship game: Offense
Alabama bold prediction: DeVonta Smith breaks the CFP championship game receiving yards record. Smith would need 222 yards to beat the mark set by LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase (221 yards) in last year’s championship game. The latest Heisman Trophy winner has already had more than 200 yards twice this season and could Monday versus a shaky Ohio State secondary.
Ohio State bold prediction: Trey Sermon rushes for 200 yards. Best free online casino slot games no deposit. It looks like the Ohio State senior running back is hitting his stride (literally) at the perfect time, rushing for 524 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games combined. Against Clemson and one of the best defenses in the country, he was just seven yards shy of hitting the 200 mark. He’s carried the Buckeyes to victory before, and — especially if quarterback Justin Fields isn’t 100 percent — he might have to do it again.
College Football Playoff national championship game: Defense
Alabama bold prediction: Alabama slows down Justin Fields and Ohio State’s passing attack. Fields put up 385 yards and six touchdowns in the semifinal upset, but he also injured himself after taking a vicious hit to the ribcage. With Fields possibly not being at 100 percent, expect Alabama to pressure the QB early and often. We saw against Northwestern that pressure and turnovers could force the Buckeyes to become one-dimensional, relying on Trey Sermon and Master Teague III in the run game.
Ohio State bold prediction: Defense contains Najee Harris. Averaging 115.6 yards and two touchdowns per game, the Alabama running back seems unstoppable — especially when he makes hurdling defenders look so easy. But the Buckeyes’ rushing defense is No. 2 in the nation, allowing just 89.1 yards per game, and it’s given up eight rushing touchdowns in seven games. Harris is still a force and may get his two touchdowns, but for this extra bold prediction, he won’t break 100 yards.
College Football Playoff national championship game: Winner
Alabama bold prediction: Alabama wins, 35-27. Alabama will take control of the game early by attacking Ohio State’s vulnerable secondary with Smith, John Metchie and possibly a returning Jaylen Waddle, who’s a game-day decision, per ESPN. Justin Fields not being at 100 percent will cause the Buckeyes to struggle to get the ball downfield, forcing them to rely more on the run game. Expect a strong fight from the Buckeyes but not enough to overcome an early Crimson Tide lead.
Ohio State bold prediction: Ohio State wins, 42-34. These two high-powered offenses are among the top-6 in the nation and comfortably average more than 500 yards per game. With superstar quarterbacks Mac Jones and Justin Fields leading the way against the just-OK defenses, these teams could produce a high-scoring shootout that will hit the over.
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College football fans and gamblers rejoice, somehow, some way, we made it to bowl season! The upcoming bowl season will look different with just 37 games scheduled compared to 46 last year (understandably so due to the pandemic), but just making it this far calls for a celebration.
As for the main event, aka the College Football Playoff (CFP) field, the four-teams were announced on Sunday: No. 1 Alabama will face No. 4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl and No. 2 Clemson will square off against No. 3 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. That latter is a rematch of last season's semi final at the Fiesta Bowl, in which the Tigers defeated the Buckeyes 29-23.
Which leads us to the odds for the semifinal matchups. Per the Westgate SuperBook, top-ranked Alabama opened as a massive 20.5-point favorite over No. 4 seed Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are the biggest underdogs in CFP history. On the other side, No. 2 Clemson is a 7-point favorite against No. 3 Ohio State.
While there was some concern that the Golden Domers would drop out of the playoff after getting steamrolled 34-10 by Clemson on Saturday, they were able to secure the fourth spot. Alabama took care of business against a tough Florida team in the SEC. The Crimson Tide never trailed in the SEC Championship Game, outsourcing the Gators, 52-46.
Ohio State cemented its playoff spot with a narrow victory over Northwestern. Unlike the Crimson Tide, the Buckeyes did not have a lead in the Big Ten Championship Game until late in the third quarter. There were definitely some uneasy OSU fans, but the Buckeyes got the job done.
As for the odds to win it all, Alabama opened as the favorite per the SuperBook. Reasonably so, as the majority of analytics sites have them ranked No. 1. For example, ESPN's Football Power Index estimates the Crimson Tide are about 6.4 points better than any other team in the country, with the Buckeyes second.
Here are their updated odds to win the College Football National Championship:
Ohio State +1000
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Notre Dame +2500
Lastly, here are some fun facts about each of the top four teams. Since the playoff format began in 2014, Alabama has been in six of the first seven playoffs. So has Clemson, as this year makes it six straight appearances for the Tigers. Ohio State will be in the CFP for the fourth time (after the 2014, 2016 and 2019 seasons), while Notre Dame is making its second Playoff appearance (2018).
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