Alabama puts up outstanding performance to beat Ohio State
Alabama faced Ohio State in the National Championship at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Alabama came in favored by 9 and I took Bama with the points before the game as my prediction. My prediction was 56-37 with Alabama winning. I had no doubt that it would be a high scoring game. The over/under was 75 and I took the over along with a lot of betters. (I don't bet, I just like picking and making predictions.)
Both teams looked good coming in, but Ohio State lost star RB Trey Sermon to a broken collarbone on the first play of Ohio State's first drive. Sermon finished with 2 yards on one carry. Sermon started showing off against Michigan State where he had 112 yards on 10 attempts with 1 touchdown. He had his best game of his career in the BIG 10 Championship against Northwestern with a record setting performance of 331 rushing yards with 2 touchdowns. He had 193 rushing yards with a touchdown in the Sugar Bowl. Sermon was an integral part of the Ohio State offense and losing him definitely affected their mood. Not for Master Teague III who took this time to shine scoring 2 touchdowns with 65 rushing yards. The three-headed dragon for Alabama was showing off instantly. Ohio State came in as "away" team and selected tails, but it went heads, and Alabama deferred.
Bama shutdown Ohio State on their first drive. Bama took over and put together a 12 play, 78 yard drive with Najee Harris scoring a touchdown on a 1 yard run. The Buckeyes put together an amazing 8 play, 75 yard drive with Master Teague III caping it off with an 8 yard run for a touchdown to tie the game. Bama kept their pace going and took the lead with a 11 play, 75 yard drive, with a TD pass from Mac Jones to DeVonta Smith. The play was the first of the 2nd quarter and put Alabama up 14-7. Ohio State was then stopped again. Bama got the ball back, but 2 plays in, they fumbled the ball and Ohio State picked it up. OSU took the ball, got a PI (passing interference), and Master Teague III ran 4 yards for the touchdown. Bama responded with a 5 play, 75 yard drive with Mac Jones passing 26 yards to Najee Harris for a touchdown to retake the lead. OSU replied with 23 yard field goal to make it 21-17. Ever since this field goal, Bama shutdown the Ohio State offense. Alabama put together another 5 play, 75 yard drive which ended in a 5 yard touchdown pass from Mac Jones to DeVonta Smith. Bama then took the ball back after a 3-and-out from Ohio State. Bama put together a 3 play, 60 yard drive that ended in a 42 yard TD pass from Mac Jones to DeVonta Smith. Alabama and Ohio State traded off possession before the end of the half. At halftime, the score was Alabama 35, Ohio State 17.
Bama got the ball back and added 3 with a 20 yard field goal. Ohio State put together a 3 play, 75 yard to drive that completed with a 20 yard TD pass from Justin Fields to Garrett Wilson. Alabama retaliated with a long drive ending in a 5 yard TD pass from Mac Jones to Slade Bolden. Bama shutdown the Buckeyes's offense and turned around and scored on a 1 yard run from Najee Harris. The teams traded off possessions and Alabama closed the game out winning 52-24. Bama claimed their 3rd CFP National Championship.
Again, Bama's threeheaded dragon dominated. Heisman winning WR DeVonta Smith had a hat trick of recieving touchdowns with 215 recieving yards and 3 recieving TDs. Najee Harris had 79 yards rushing with 2 rushing TDs and 1 recieving TD, getting the hat trick along with his teammate. Mac Jones was 36-45 and threw for 464 yards and 5 touchdowns. Justin Fields dominated the passing and rushing colum for OSU with 194 yards passing, 1 passing TD, and 67 yards rushing on 6 carries. Chris Olave was the leader in recieving for the Buckeyes with 8 receptions for 69 yards. Bama has the ball for 37:26 of the game. Alabama had 33 first downs while OSU only had 19. OSU had no turnovers while Bama just had 1. Bama dominated the Buckeyes in total yards with 621 which shattered OSU's 341. Bama set the record for most points in the National Championship by one team. Bama covered and it was over on the over/under by 1. Nick Saban won his 6th National Championship at Bama. Congrats Crimson Tide!