Even in a time without any semblance of parity – and college football has had plenty of it – an Alabama-Ohio state game feels huge.
While Bama and Clemson have played four times in the past six years, and Ohio State and Clemson have played in three of the past five, Bama and Ohio State have only met four times. Three of their battles were top 10 versus top 10 clashes, and the other was # 6 versus # 13.
In 2014, they played in the first semifinals of the college football playoffs; six years later, they’re playing with a national title on the line (8 p.m. ET, Mondays on the ESPN / ESPN app). Here’s everything you need to know about this titanic and rare showdown.
An almost perfect attack
In 2020, Alabama offensive players won college football awards for Most Outstanding Player (DeVonta Smith), Quarterback (Mac Jones), Running Back (Najee Harris), Wide Receiver (again Smith), lineman (Alex Leatherwood), center (Landon Dickerson), who won’t play Monday) and general offensive line. The same program that produced the three best defenses of the 21st century has now produced one of its best offenses.