One of the key matchups that people will keep an eye on during Monday’s national championship game between Alabama and Ohio State is Heisman winner DeVonta Smith and the Buckeye secondary.

Smith has torched opponents all season long and has been a key cog in the Crimson Tide offense. The Ohio State secondary appears to be aware of the challenge Smith will bring in Monday’s game. But they appear excited and ready to take on the challenge that is Smith.

Star cornerback Shaun Wade commented on the opportunity to face Smith on Wednesday:

Wade has been a key part of the Buckeye defensive backfield this season as he has two interceptions, including one touchdown. In the semifinal against Clemson, Wade finished with 9 total tackles.

This run for Wade has been a redemption tour of sorts. If you remember, Wade was ejected for targeting in last season’s semifinal against Clemson. That helped propel the Tigers to a come-from-behind victory.

Now, Wade got his revenge over Clemson. The next step is a national championship and taking on college football’s best player this season.

Against Notre Dame in the semifinals, Smith had 3 touchdowns and 130 yards receiving. Wade and the Buckeyes will likely need to do a better job containing him if they hope to win.