College Football National Championship
The highly anticipated matchup between two historically great College Football programs lived up to the hype. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes gave the limited fans in attendance and the sports fans watching around the world an absolute show… for about a quarter and a half.
This game boasted plenty of talented football players that will be playing on Sundays in the near future. Two NFL franchises will be lucky enough to call Mac Jones or Justin Fields their starting quarterback, and they will not be disappointed. Both players showed what true grit and leadership look like with their performances on Monday Night.
Alabama seemingly has an endless supply of players they roll out each and every season. From offensive lineman, defensive backs, running backs, and of course wide receives. The Heisman Trophy winner, Devonta Smith is the most recent Alabama wide receiver that will wreak havoc on NFL defenses. He is electric. His speed, route running, athleticism, and ability to make difficult catches is unmatched. He looked like a cheat code on Monday. Nobody could stop him when he had the ball in his hands.
Another Alabama player that impressed on Monday Night’s big game, and the entire CFB season was running back Najee Harris. He is the next NFL caliber running back coming out of Alabama. I don’t know what it is, but they are simply bred differently in their time in Tuscaloosa. From Derrick Henry to Mark Ingram and beyond. Najee is next up when it comes to great running backs out of Alabama.
On the Ohio State side, Justin Fields is a warrior. After taking a huge shot to the ribs in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson, he casually threw for 6 touchdowns… I was a critic of him going into that game saying that he wasn’t that great of a pure passer and I was proven wrong once again on my talent evaluation hot takes… His toughness and leadership will make him a solid NFL quarterback… his pure talent and work ethic will make him elite.
Unfortunately for Ohio State, their running back Trey Sermon was injured on his first carry of the game and was not able to return. That was a huge loss for them considering the damage he had done to opposing defenses down the stretch of the season. However, they did have their other running back return from injury. Master Teague ended up having to take the entirety of the snaps at running back after Sermon went down, but Teague is no slouch. He was the starter ahead of Sermon before he went down with injury. He looked as good as you can against a tough Alabama defense. This game would have been tough for Ohio State either way, but without Sermon for basically the entire game hindered their ability to get anything going in the rush game.
All in all, the story of the game was Devonta Smith and Alabama. He simply could not be contained. No matter how you try to defend him, his speed makes him unguardable. He is Tyreek Hill-like but has better size for a wide receiver. It is scary to think how good he can be and how good he will be on the next edition of Madden… Once he puts a little meat on his bones with an NFL workout plan and nutrition… the sky isn’t the limit… the moon is. There have been plenty of College receivers were overhyped coming into the draft in past years… Devonta will exceed his hype and then some.
Devonta Smith injured his hand in the 3rd quarter but still finished with a full games worth of stats… 12 catches, 215 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Najee Harris added 3 touchdowns of his own. 2 rushing and 1 receiving.
Mac Jones put up Joe Burrow-like numbers in the National Championship completing 36 of 45 pass attempts for 464 yards, 5 touchdowns and most importantly 0 interceptions. He did lose a fumble in the 1st half, but overall he made his case to be a first round selection in the 2021 NFL draft.
Justin Fields was fighting through the pain of the injury he suffered in the Sugar Bowl and finished his season completing 17 or 33 attempts for 194 yards and 1 touchdown. Should have had a 2nd touchdown pass late in the 4th quarter, but the officials didn’t see the angle the fans saw apparently and it negated a touchdown pass.
Final Score: Ohio State 24 | Alabama 52