One of college football’s bluebloods is going to add to its trophy case on Monday night.
Top-ranked Alabama (12-0) hopes to win its third CFP national championship (and sixth national title under Nick Saban) while No. 3 Ohio State (7-0) will try for its second CFP title when the two meet at 5 p.m. PST in Miami. In fact, the Crimson Tide (eight) and the Buckeyes (five) have the most national championship game appearances in the BCS/CFP era (since 1998).
Opponents struggled to slow these two offenses down all season, so the question is whether either team can slow the other? Are Alabama’s efficient quarterback Mac Jones, Heisman Trophy-winning receiver DeVonta Smith and running back Najee Harris simply too much for an Ohio State defense that has at times looked vulnerable in the secondary?
Can Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields pick up where he left off after torching Clemson with six touchdown passes? Can Buckeyes running back Trey Sermon keep his late-season mojo workin’?
Will ESPN invent another platform between now and the kickoff to add to its championship night MegaCast?
So many intriguing questions. Here’s a guide to help you try to decipher some of them and get you ready for Monday’s game:
CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
No. 1 Alabama (12-0) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (7-0)
When: Monday, 5 p.m. PST (kickoff at approx. 5:15)
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
TV/radio: ESPN, 830 AM
Line: Alabama by 8½
Series record: Alabama leads, 3-1
Last meeting: Ohio State, 42-35, in the Sugar Bowl (a 2014 CFP semifinal)
WORTH A LOOK
• Alabama looking to win its 6th title of the Nick Saban Era
• Under Ryan Day, Ohio State’s offense, QBs have taken off
• Scouting report: Key matchups/players, analysis and prediction
• Alabama vs. Ohio State features NFL prospects all over the field
• Ohio State RB Trey Sermon finds his stride when it matters most
• Top CBs Shaun Wade (OSU), Patrick Surtain II (Alabama) could play crucial role
• These prolific offenses are powered by tough O-lines
• Whicker: OL Wyatt Davis went from St. John Bosco to Ohio State for this moment
• Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses anchors a young defense
• Whicker: Nick Saban churns out Texas-bound Steve Sarkisian as another Coach Wash client
• Alabama, Ohio State traveled different paths to title game
• Alabama’s DeVonta Smith becomes first WR to win Heisman Trophy in 29 years
• Commentary: Let’s just get college football season over with
• On-field slump, upcoming media rights negotiations make 2021 crucial for Pac-12
Source:: Los Angeles Daily News