ESPN's Joey Galloway believes Ohio State capable of 'hanging with' Alabama
Offense will be the key to who wins the National Championship Game next Monday, according to ESPN college football analyst Joey Galloway.
Galloway said the Buckeyes display of offense during their win over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl proves Ohio State has the firepower to keep up with the Crimson Tide.
“The game really just got interesting (after Ohio State’s semifinal performance),” Galloway said. “Alabama’s been far and away the best team in college football this entire season. The question was could anybody hang with them? With the way Ohio State played with Justin Fields, hopefully he’s healthy, they can score with Alabama.
“But nobody makes offense look easier than what Alabama has done this season with Mac Jones throwing around, with DeVonta Smith out wide,” Galloway continued. “Was almost like (Friday) they scored 31 points, but it felt like they scored 61 points; DeVonta Smith with three touchdowns you give him the ball anywhere on the field and he can take it to the house. Then you add in Najee Harris, who also went over 100 yards, leads the country in rushing touchdowns, this offense puts you in a position where you have to decide very early what you’re doing with your safeties. You leave them back, they run with Najee Harris and prove, ‘Hey even if come up I’ll jump over you and keep running.’ Or if you bring one up to stop the run, DeVonta Smith, John Metchie out wide. They keep finding weapons, and Mac Jones is playing outstanding football.”
The game will feature two of the most explosive offenses in the country. The Tide averages just over 48 points per game, while Ohio State put up 639 yards of total offense against the Tigers, averaging 8.9 yards per play, running 72 plays from scrimmage.
Justin Fields will need another stellar performance to keep up with Alabama’s Mac Jones. Fields put up 385 passing yards and six touchdowns against Clemson, finding Chris Olave for a 56-yard touchdown and Jameson Williams for another 45-yard score.
Look for more plays like these next Monday as the two powerhouses take the field in Miami Gardens, Florida for the National Championship Game. Kickoff is set for 8:00PM.