Urban Meyer shares how he would coach Ohio State's defense against Alabama's high-flying offense
Monday night’s National Championship game with Alabama and Ohio State will feature one of the most explosive offenses in college football history.
The Crimson Tide have both Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and Heisman candidate, quarterback Mac Jones. Add to that All-American running back Najee Harris and one of the best offensive lines in the nation, figuring out how to handle head coach Nick Saban’s offense will be a tall task.
Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was interviewed on the Big Ten Network and gave his take on how current Buckeyes coach Ryan Day should approach the Tide:
“You’re not going to stop them, so minimizing big plays…I would not leave our corners on an island,” said Meyer. “I would really coach this game back-to-front…I would not let those receivers get behind us.
“Does that mean Najee Harris gets some yards? Yes, but I would build that fence and say you can’t have a big hit.”
How would @CoachUrbanMeyer defend Alabama's prolific offense?
"I would not leave our corners on an island. I would really coach this game back-to-front."
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— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 10, 2021
The Alabama offense is averaging 48 points per game. While the total ranks second nationally, it is the country’s best over 12 games. Bama has scored more touchdowns (77) than any other team and is tied for first with BYU for the most yards per play (7.84). There have been just two times this season that Alabama scored fewer than 40 points and the lowest total in two years (31) came a week ago against Notre Dame.
Alabama and Ohio State will kick off at 8:00 pm EST on Monday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.