After missing the playoffs entirely last year, Alabama is right back in the championship game this year. Despite losing Nick Saban for a game due to a false positive Covid test, and then losing him again for a actual positive Covid test, the Crimson Tide have persevered.
Devonta Smith was awarded the Heisman, making him the first wide receiver to win the award since Desmond Howard in 1991. Mac Jones has been rolling and forcing his name into the mouths of draft analysts. Najee Harris’ has been magnetically attracted to the end zone, getting to pay-dirt 27 times this season.
Meanwhile, Ohio State has overcome adversity of their own. Over half of their season was cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns, which almost kept them from contending for their conference championship and even being eligible for the CFB playoffs. Justin Fields took some nasty shots in their semi-finals win over Clemson, suffering injuries up and down his body.
However, despite all of the obstacles in their way, these historic teams have fought their way to the championship match and have an opportunity to bring another crystal ball home to join the rest of their collection.
Here is how our writers predicted the match would go down.
Eric Peoples: Bama 45 OSU 21
The Buckeyes stay close at first, however the juggernaut that is the Crimson Tide rolls to victory.
Byron Smith: Bama 56 OSU 42
Never bet the under on college football games. Expect a ton of points, maybe a few lead changes, but never bet against Nick Saban.
Tyler Varner: Bama 45 OSU 24
The Ohio State secondary is not good and facing the best receiving core in the nation. Sermon and Fields’ athleticism will give the Tide some issues but not enough to make a difference.
Ken Filler: OSU 41 Bama 38
Tayyib Abu: Bama 37 OSU 30
Bama’s offense will pick apart the Buckeyes’ secondary. Fields must start quickly if OSU has any chance of winning.
Ryan Potts: Bama 52 OSU 42
In a victory lap for the ages, Devonta caps off his Heisman season with a multi-touchdown showcase. Ohio State keeps it close most of the way, but a Najee Harris dagger ends the Buckeyes’ season.