Both Alabama and Ohio State had little trouble blowing out their opponents in their first-round College Football Playoff showdowns. The Crimson Tide secured a 31-17 Rose Bowl semifinal victory over No. 4 Notre Dame, while the Buckeyes destroyed No. 2 Clemson 49-28.
Now, with the National Championship Game looming, the pressure figures to increase dramatically.
This week, Urban Meyer appeared Breaking the Huddle with Joel Klatt to offer his prediction on how the title game will ultimately shake out.
“[The Buckeyes] win the game because of fundamentals, great players, great technique and working your tendencies,” he said.
“Clemson was more of a ‘we’re going to disrupt you, be all over the place, create a bunch of different looks for you. Alabama is going to line up and play. They disguise a little bit, but not a lot. So it’s going to be a much different game.
“I think Ohio State is going to score some points. I saw Florida do it, I saw Ole Miss do it and I think Ohio State is better than those two teams offensively.”
That said, Meyer acknowledged that it would likely be a high-scoring game since both offenses average in excess of 43 points per outing.
“Now, you’re talking about Alabama’s offense? I haven’t seen anyone even come close to slowing that down. You have three — I think — Heisman winners. In their own time, they could have won the Heisman. Obviously, you can’t win them all this year. So this will be a high-scoring game.”
Alabama and Ohio State will square off for all the marbles Monday, Jan. 11 on ESPN.