ESPN's Joey Galloway how Ohio State's Trey Sermon can create problems for Alabama's defense
The emergence of Trey Sermon and Ohio State’s rushing attack could potentially cause problems for Alabama’s defense in Monday’s national title game, according to ESPN’s Joey Galloway.
Over the last two games, Sermon has been virtually unstoppable out of the Buckeye backfield. He piled up a record-breaking 331 yards and scored 2 touchdowns in Ohio State’s 22-10 win over Northwestern in the B1G Championship Game. Sermon torched Clemson’s defense for 193 yards and another score in the Sugar Bowl on the way to a 49-28 victory.
Galloway believes that powerful rushing attack can cause fits for the Crimson Tide.
“I think right now, in the past two weeks especially, the ability to run the football with Trey Sermon has made this offense completely different,” Galloway said on College Football Live.
“It won the Big Ten Championship Game against Northwestern as they were struggling in the pass game. But against Clemson, when you put a defense in position when they have to pick and choose whether they try to take away the run vs. take away the pass, the key is running the football. Because all of sudden if you can run it with Trey Sermon and the way this offensive line has dominated, not only does it move the football but it sets a tone and it lets the defense know we’re coming at you. And it doesn’t matter what you do, we’re more physical than you, we’re gonna run you over. It gets the confidence in the offense going. The defense starts to struggle and then you can see the deep ball was wide open.”
Because Ohio State was able to establish a strong rushing attack, Justin Fields had an easier time hitting his targets down the field. He finished the game completing 22-of-28 passes for 385 yards and 6 touchdowns.
It should be a fun matchup in Miami.