CFP Recap

Ian Campbell '21, Contributor

Alabama HC Nick Saban and OL Alex Leatherwood joyously lifting the championship trophy (Courtesy: ESPN CFB on Youtube)

On Monday, January 11, #1 Alabama defeated #4 Ohio State 52-24 in college football’s national title game. This marked the finale to what has been a rollercoaster of a college football season. After not knowing whether their season could even happen, Ohio State breezed through their 6 game conference schedule, before defeating Clemson in the semifinal. Alabama, on the other hand, played what seemed to be a tougher all-SEC schedule, which they too dominated. After defeating Notre Dame in the semifinal 31-14, the Crimson Tide locked up the title against the Buckeyes. Quarterback Mac Jones threw for a staggering 464 yards and 5 TDs, and Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith caught 12 for 215 yards and 3 TDs. Smith caught 11 for over 200 in the first half alone, breaking the championship game records in just the first half. While Ohio State fought hard and kept it close in the earlier stages of the first half, it seemed like ‘Bama was always in control. This team will lose Heisman winner Smith to the draft, as well as Jones, RB Najee Harris, WR Jaylen Waddle, and a host of other star talents. It seems as though they can consistently churn out new stars, so don’t be surprised to see them in the conversation for next year’s title as well. Ohio State loses QB Justin Fields and RB Trey Sermon, along with some key defensive starters, but along with Alabama, they are bringing in a top 3 recruiting class in the country to reload and go for the title once again. These will be two interesting teams to keep an eye on come the start of next season, as they always seem to be.