College football national championship preview

Luke Smith , Sports Writer

As the college football season comes to an end, #3 Ohio State and #1 Alabama will play in the national championship on January 11th at 7:00 PM CT. This should be an exciting, high-scoring game. The incredible Alabama offense has 3 heisman finalists with quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and wide receiver DeVonta Smith, the heisman trophy winner. It will be crucial for the Ohio State defense to find ways to slow down this offense, or else this game can quickly slip away from them. “This is a great offense. It is a complete offense,” Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs said. Ohio State will be the underdog for this game, as the line is Alabama by 8.5. However, Ohio State was also the underdog in the semifinal game against Clemson, in which they cruised to a 49-28 victory. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and running back Trey Sermon will need to replicate their dominant performances from the game against Clemson. Against Clemson, Fields took a big hit to the ribs, but stayed in and threw 6 touchdowns. Fields said he was feeling “better than expected” after the game and is a go for the championship. Ohio State coach Ryan Day said that Fields has had a “good week of practice” and has done a “really good job preparing”. There was a lot of controversy when Ohio State was selected as a playoff finalist since they had only played 6 regular season games and didn’t have any notable wins. Many people said Texas A&M, who finished #5, should’ve gone over Ohio State. Clemson coach Dabo Sweeney even said Ohio State was ranked 11th in his opinion. However, Ohio State has proven they belong in the playoffs after the big win over Clemson and will look to pull off another big upset against Alabama. On the other side, legendary Alabama coach Nick Saban will be going for his 6th national championship victory.