The point total for Monday’s national championship game between the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes is at 75 and with future NFL Draft picks all over the field, there’s a chance the title game could turn into a track meet.
Bama has boasted the most explosive offense in all of college football this season, of course due to the embarrassment of riches they trot out every week including quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and Heisman trophy winner Devonta Smith at receiver. And as an extra bonus? All-SEC wide receiver Jaylen Waddle may be suiting up after missing most of the season due to an ankle injury.
The Tide is averaging 48.2 points a game this year and has topped 50 points on six separate occasions. If Nick Saban decides to keep his foot on the gas and not throw it into neutral ala the Notre Dame semifinal, then the nation’s top offense per SP+ will certainly hold up their end of the scoring.
Even with a jagged, start-stop season due to COVID, Ohio State enters the national title game with the second ranked offense per SP+ and an array of weapons like QB Justin Fields, receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, and emerging running back Trey Sermon in their arsenal. Fields in particular has completed 73 percent of his passes this season and he made a statement with a legendary 385-yard, six touchdown performance with bruised ribs in the semifinal against Clemson. If he can get anywhere close to that production, the Buckeyes are poised to turn this into a shootout similar to Florida in the SEC Championship game.