When it comes to Monday’s National Championship Game, both team’s defensive units have major challenges on their hands.

For Alabama and its defensive coordinator, Pete Golding, that means trying to slow down a potent Ohio State attack led by quarterback Justin Fields. On the other side, the Buckeyes have to slow down the Crimson Tide and Heisman winner Devonta Smith.

It’s been six days since Golding and his staff learned they would have to try and slow Ohio State. Golding spoke with the media on Thursday. He has noticed plenty of strong play in the Buckeye offense, especially with running back Trey Sermon. But he’s also seen other key players such as the Ohio State tight ends and Fields.

Golding’s crew is coming off a solid performance against Notre Dame where Alabama allowed the Irish to score just 17 points. But as Golding points out, that doesn’t tell the whole story.

Obviously, slowing Fields is something that Alabama is going to have to do in order to take home the national championship.

As many have already predicted, this game definitely looks like it could become an offensive shootout. That comes looking at these teams’ offensive output during the season. It may come down to which defense can get off the field via turnover or forced punt.