The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Monday night in the College Football National Championship game in one of the most anticipated championship games of all-time. Although the Buckeyes come into the Championship matchup riding high after the impressive 49-28 win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semi-final game, the question remains. Can the Buckeyes keep up with the Crimson Tide? Do they have the horses to push Alabama outside of their comfort zone?
On paper, the answer would be a simple no. Ohio State on paper does not have enough to keep up with the Crimson Tide. However, the game of football is played on the field and not on paper.
In the win over Clemson, it took a heroic performance from Justin Fields to push the Buckeyes past the finish line. Fields took a nasty football hit early in the game that could have sidelined him for the entirety of the game, but it was his sheer determination that pushed his team past the finish line. Despite what some have called bruised or broken ribs, Justin Fields lead the Buckeyes with six touchdowns and 383 yards through the air.
The Buckeyes also have a crazy good running attack lead by Trey Sermon. In the game against Clemson, Sermon put up video game numbers with 193 yards and one touchdown. Ohio State will need another game like that one out of Sermon if they want to put themselves in the best position possible to defeat Alabama on Monday night.
On Defence, Ohio State will look to contain a Heisman winner in DeVonta Smith, a stellar quarterback in Mac Jones, and an explosive running back in Najee Harris.
Here’s the thing, on paper, it looks to be next to impossible for Ohio State to keep up with Alabama on Monday night. However, it’s not impossible. Sure, Head Coach Ryan Day and his Buckeyes will have their hands full as they get ready to take on Nick Saban the Crimson Tide, but the opportunity is there for Ohio State to pull off the stunning upset. It might sound cliché at this point, but Ohio State needs to play their brand of football on Monday night and let fate decide for itself if the Buckeyes can keep up with Alabama in the National Championship game on Monday night.