College Football National Championship

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College Football National Championship

Joshua Weishapl, Sports Writer

The College Football Playoff National Championship is set to kick off today, Monday, January 11th, at 7 PM CST. This game will be the 7th installment of the CFP National Championship. The Ohio State Buckeyes will be facing off against the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama. Tonight isn’t the first time these teams have been in this position either. 

Ohio State’s CFP history goes all the way back to the first CFP National Championship game where they entered ranked 4th, the last team to get into the playoff. The Buckeyes surprised everyone when they beat, you guessed it, the 1st ranked Alabama Crimson Tide by a score of 42-35. OSU continued their underdog wins as they won the National Championship the next game against the 2nd ranked Oregon Ducks; blowing the Ducks out by 22 points in their 42-20 dismantling. The next time the Buckeyes were featured in the CFP was in 2017 when they were ranked 3rd. This stint was not as successful as the first, as they were shutout in the semifinals to the eventual champion, Clemson Tigers. The Buckeyes made another debut last year in the College Football Playoff. This was almost a carbon-copy of the 2017 CFP, as they lost in a controversial game in the semifinals to the Clemson Tigers yet again.

Although both Alabama and OSU have playoff experience, the Crimson Tide definitely have more. As I stated previously, the Tide faced off against the Buckeyes in the first installment of the CFP National Title and lost. The Crimson Tide turned it around the next year, though, as they beat the Michigan State Spartans in the semifinals. Following that, they faced off and beat the Clemson Tigers in the Nation Championship the next game, giving Coach Nick Saban his first CFP Trophy. The following year, in 2017, the Tide beat their semifinal opponent, the Washington Huskies, handily in a 24-7 victory. In the CFP Championship, they played the Clemson Tigers yet again. This time, however, the Tigers bested the tide, beating them on a last-second goal-line touchdown to secure the win. In 2018, the next year, Alabama found itself back in the CFP. This time ranked as the underdog 4 seed. They took that ranking personally, and in the semifinal game against the Clemson Tigers, they shut them down, getting the victory 24-6. They would then match up against the Georgia Bulldogs, a new name in the CFP. Although Georgia was the higher seed, the game did not go in their favor as they blew a late-game lead that would end up sending the game into overtime. Alabama took full advantage of this as they scored a walk-off touchdown to win the Championship. In the subsequent 2019 season, the Tide was featured yet again in the CFP. In this installment, Alabama beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the semifinals in a high scoring game by a score of 45-34. The championship game didn’t go the Crimson Tide’s way, however, as they were flattened by the very pungent Trevor Lawrence led Clemson Tiger offense in a blowout loss, losing 44-16. This would be the last time until this year that the Tide would be featured in the CFP.

As you can see by these two teams’ CFP history, this should be an exciting matchup. According to Oddshark™ the Crimson Tide are favored by 7 and a half points. This game will likely be the last game for both teams starting quarterbacks as both Mac Jones (Alabama) and Justin Fields (Ohio State) are expected to declare for the 2021 NFL draft. Both are projected to go in the first 10 picks. All in all, whether you’re wanting the Tide to secure their 3rd CFP Trophy and their 18th all-time National Championship, or you’re hoping that Ohio State can pull off the upset to win their 2nd Championship in the past 6 years, this game should definitely live up to all the hype.