Plenty of Alabama vs. Ohio State things to read before the Sugar Bowl
Rounding up everything you need to know on the upcoming Playoff semifinal between the Buckeyes and the Crimson Tide.
The second College Football Playoff game will take place 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday in the Sugar Bowl, when 9-point favorite No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 4 Ohio State. These teams bring in two of the most talented rosters in the country and are each playing extremely high-level football, and we could be in for a fun game in New Orleans.
The biggest piece of impact news so far has been that Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman has been hired as Houston’s head coach, but he will be coaching the Buckeyes through the Playoff. That’s very good news for Ohio State, who saw two different Heisman-contending quarterbacks go down with season-ending injuries, only to see sophomore Cardale Jones pass for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin in his first start. Jones will face an Alabama defense that is among the nation’s best.
Catch up here, with more to come over the next few days:
Land-Grant Holy Land (Ohio State):
- Ohio State’s tragic history against the Tide.
- A look at the man responsible for shutting down Alabama Heisman finalist Amari Cooper.
- Breaking down the biggest matchups and discussing the Buckeyes’ contingency plan at quarterback.
- Analyzing Urban Meyer and Nick Saban’s joint press conference.
- Using advanced stats to view Ohio State’s 2014 season in perspective.
- Seven questions for Roll Bama Roll on the Tide.
Roll Bama Roll (Alabama):
- Breaking down Vonn Bell, the Buckeyes’ best defensive back.
- Analyzing star Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee.
- Learning about the Buckeyes in a Q&A with Land-Grant Holy Land.
- Finding ways for Alabama to improve.
- A guide to good times at the Sugar Bowl.
- How Ohio State can score on Alabama’s defense.
- All four Playoff teams recruited well to get here.
- Where the Playoff teams got their players from.
- Nike’s new uniforms for each of the four teams.
- Picking the Playoff games and other big bowls against the spread.
- Alabama given 39 percent chance of winning national title; Ohio State, 25.
- Yes, of course Ohio State can possibly beat Alabama.