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College Football National Championship

CURREN HOLLISTER

Staff Writer

This Year’s College Football National Championship kicked off at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida and was possibly one of the most exciting games ever. Why? Because this game was loaded with talent on both teams, Mac Jones who is the Quarterback for Alabama was a Hesiman Finalist, is one of the best QB’s in the nation and is a sure fire NFL lottery pick. Alongside Jones, is Wide Receiver DeVonta Smith. Not only was Smith a Hesiman finalist along with Jones, he actually ended up winning the award becoming the only receiver to get the award along with Desmond Howard, Tim Brown, and Johnny Rodgers. His rise to greatness is truly remarkable especially when you consider that a receiver hasn’t won the award since 1991. It’s pretty safe to say that Alabama has some once in a generation type talent on their hands, and they used that talent on their way to a National Championship. 

Although it was a blowout, Ohio State was a very good team this year. While they only played 7 games, it’s no secret they’ve got some absolute studs on their team, and they had the record to prove it. Despite their shortened season Ohio State won all of their games by a considerable margin. In fact, the average point margin that they won by across the entire season, was 21.4 points. That is absolutely ridiculous! The Buckeyes are led by another Hesiman Finalist in Justin Fields. Fields is a true All star on the field and one of the best dual threats in the country, not to mention he’s an NFL Lottery pick. But he doesn’t run the show alone. Chris Olave is a Wide Receiver for the Buckeyes, and has made his presence known, by putting up some absolutely absurd numbers last game vs #2 Clemson in the Playoff Semifinal. With 6 receptions, 132 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns. Olave tore it up against the Tigers, they just couldn’t stop him! But Olave wasn’t the only one to put up mind boggling numbers vs Clemson. Justin Fields showed out, and threw for 385 passing yards and 6 TOUCHDOWNS! Fields silenced all the doubters who thought the Buckeyes weren’t good enough to compete with the best as they absolutely annihilated the Tigers in a 49-28 win. Every college football fan waited eagerly in anticipation for these Quarterback and Receiver tandems to showcase their skills on the country’s biggest stage to compete for a National Championship, and although Alabama won in a landslide, it was a hard fought battle from Ohio State. With the Final Score being 52-24.

I’m not the only one who knew this game would be one for the ages. “The top-ranked Tide (13-0) scored a dominant victory over Ryan Day and No. 3 Ohio State (7-1), beating the Buckeyes 52-24 for Nick Saban’s seventh national title and sixth at Alabama.” Said Zac Al-Khateeb. Erick Smith From USA Today said, “Like the script from its previous 12 victories, Alabama’s offense was again dominant after entering averaging 48.2 points per game. It scored on its first two possessions.”

Many analysts knew the outcome of this game could go many different ways, Barrett Sallee who’s a Writer for CBS Sports said, “Ohio State will win more of those battles than Alabama, leading to a hard fought win in which the under hits. Pick: Ohio State +8 | Ohio State 35, Alabama 31.”Chip Patterson who’s another writer for CBS Sports, says “Alabama wins a classic in wire-to-wire fashion. Pick: Alabama -8 | Alabama 48, Ohio State 35.” But I think we all knew in the back of our minds that Alabama was going to win.

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Prediction:

In my opinion I think Alabama beats Ohio State by a long shot, and here’s why. Alabama has what you cannot teach, and that is experience. Since 2014 Alabama has been in the College Football Playoff 6 times. Since 2009 they have been to the championship game 7 times, and they have won 5 of those games. This is thanks to head coach of the Crimson Tide, Nick Saban. This means that most of these players have been to this point in the season before which means that they are used to playing games that occur far beyond the regular season. Even despite COVID-19, Alabama has played only 1 less regular season game than in a normal season. To further this point, Alabama has exactly what Ohio State lacks. The Buckeyes don’t have the generations of extremely successful teams year after year. In fact the last time Ohio State made the playoffs was 2014. Which doesn’t seem that long ago until you consider that none of the players from that team currently play for Ohio State now. This normally wouldn’t be a problem if they were facing almost any other opponent, but in this case it gives Alabama a huge advantage. In terms of leadership, overall experience, and coaching, Alabama has an edge over the Buckeyes and that’s why I pick them to win. I predict the final score will be 38-20 in a win for the Crimson Tide.

I was right that Alabama would win, but I didn’t think by that much. Ohio State simply had no answer for the Crimson Tide that night, and to be honest, I’m not sure if anyone else in the country would have either. Devonta Smith put up some ridiculous stats vs the Buckeyes. With 12 receptions, 215 Yards, and 3 touchdowns in only THE FIRST HALF. This was no contest at all during the game, and Alabama cruised to an easy 52-24 victory. 

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CURREN HOLLISTER

Staff writer

Curren is a sophomore at San Marcos High School…

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