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Alabama vs. Ohio State: Date, time, TV channel for the 2021 National Championship Game. The College Football Playoff era has its seventh edition in the 2020-21 season. No. 1 Alabama will play No. 3 Ohio State in the National Championship Game at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The game will be on ESPN NCAAF!! Ohio State impressed oddsmakers with its upset of Clemson, but the Buckeyes are still listed as touchdown underdogs to Alabama for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 11.
And the line was growing Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson Tide are consensus 7-point favorites over the Buckeyes in the national title game (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). The line began to wiggle Saturday, ticking up to Crimson Tide -8 at several U.S. sportsbooks. Ahead of Friday’s playoff semifinals, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill had Alabama listed as an 11-point favorite over the Buckeyes in an advance line on a potential championship game matchup. But after Ohio State throttled Clemson 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl, sportsbooks reposted Alabama as a 7-point favorite against the Buckeyes.
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The Crimson Tide also won comfortably in their semifinal, topping Notre Dame 31-14 in the Rose Bowl. Alabama has been favored in 79 consecutive games and 151 of its past 152 overall entering the championship. The over/under total on the championship game is set at 76, making it the highest total for a championship game in the BCS and College Football Playoff eras.
The semifinals were a boon for most sportsbooks, with both underdogs — Notre Dame (+19) and Ohio State (+7) — covering the spread. The majority of the betting public sided heavily with Alabama and Clemson. One bettor in Indiana, however, won big on the Buckeyes. FanDuel reported taking a $1.3 million bet on Ohio State +7.5 from a bettor the sportsbook identified only as “The Indiana Man.”
Here we go again! The Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide for the national championship. The Buckeyes head into the game with an offense clicking on all cylinders, while the Alabama machine just keeps on chugging. Much like 2014, the Buckeyes running game is hitting its stride and blowing teams off the field when it matters most.
This Alabama team is a little different than the 2014 team in that the strength is more about the offense than the defense. Against the two top tier offenses the Crimson Tide played, the average points given up was a whopping 47. The Buckeyes can put up points, but before we get to that later this week, let’s break down Alabama and what you need to know.
Why Alabama can cover
Alabama is 8-4 against the spread this season, and the offense has been nearly impossible to stop. The Tide scored 35 points or more in 23 straight games before it dialed it back late against Notre Dame. Jones leads the nation in completion percentage (77) and threw for 297 yards against the Irish. The junior topped 375 passing yards six times during the regular season and has 36 TDs against four interceptions. Smith, the Heisman favorite, scored three TDs in the semifinal to give him 20 this season and had 105 catches for more than 1,600 yards.
If the Tide, who are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games against the Big Ten, need to turn to the running game, they have Najee Harris running behind one of the nation’s best offensive lines. Harris had 125 yards on just 15 carries in the semifinal, including an electrifying 53-yard jaunt. He has more than 1,700 total yards and has scored 27 times.
Defensively, All-American cornerback Patrick Surtain II takes away half the field, and the Tide have 33 sacks, led by Will Anderson Jr. (seven sacks) and Christian Barmore (six). The unit allows fewer than 20 points per game.
Why Ohio State can cover
Clemson’s defense was fifth in the nation in yards allowed, but Fields threw for 385 yards and six touchdowns, while Sermon ran for 193. Now, they face a Bama defense that ranks 76th in the nation against the pass, and receiver Christian Olave, who had 132 yards and two scores in the semifinal, is healthy.
The Buckeyes are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight bowl games, and the defense also can make huge plays. The unit has 19 sacks and 18 takeaways in its seven games. End Jonathon Cooper (3.5 sacks) and tackles Tommy Togiai (three) and Haskell Garrett (two) will apply pressure, while All-American Shaun Wade (two interceptions) and fellow cornerback Sevyn Banks (seven passes defended) are top-notch cornerbacks. Linebacker Pete Werner is the emotional leader and has a team-high 46 tackles, a sack and forced two fumbles for a unit that has recovered 11.
How to make Alabama vs. Ohio State picks
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