Ohio State vs Alabama Betting Pick: The time has arrived! The final game in College Football where we never knew if we would get to the end. The Big Ten played! And now, the Big Ten is one win away from becoming National Champions for 2021. The lone hurdle between the Big Ten and the title is Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide of Alabama. Saban is looking for his 6th National Title since he took over in Tuscaloosa back in 2007.  Alabama comes into the game in Miami as favorites. You can grab Alabama at -8, with a total of 76.

Ohio State vs Alabama Betting Pick: Crimson Tide Unbelievable Force of Nature

The Alabama Crimson Tide are just unfair. The Crimson Tide scored 50+ points in their three games in December, so seeing them settle with just 31 in the win over Notre Dame was a little surprising. Think about that… Score 31, win by 17, and have many be surprised and disappointed in your offensive effort.

On the season, Alabama is scoring 48.2 points per game. They are the best team in the nation on third down, as they are converting on 60% of their chances. The Crimson Tide finished 7th in total yards with 535 per game, with 340 coming via the air.

Quarterback Mac Jones did not win the Heisman. But, his teammate did. Amazing that the guy throwing the passes to the Heisman was also a final candidate. Jones was held without a touchdown in the December 12th win over Arkansas, but finished with 208 passing yards. In the other games since the first of December, Jones has thrown for either 4 or 5 touchdowns. On the season, Jones has 36.

Losing Jaylen Waddle for the season would be a problem for many programs across the country. Waddle is an absolute stud and will be playing on Sundays soon. But, Alabama went with the next man up-and the next man up was Heisman winner DeVonta Smith. Smith scored a touchdown or more in 10 of 12 games this season. His best games this season were October 31st against Mississippi State where he scored 4 times and finished with 203 yards, and also December 5th at LSU where he caught 3 touchdown passes as well.

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Finally – the run game. How can you forget about the run game? So, you shut down the pass against Alabama, and you will deal with Najee Harris. Harris, another Alabama player that scored in 10 out of 12 games this season, has 24 touchdowns on the season. He scored 5 times in a blowout win on October 10th at Ole Miss. In his last four games, Harris has 7 touchdowns.

If you want to think the defense is vulnerable – go back to the four-game stretch against Tennessee, Mississippi State, Kentucky, and Auburn. In those four wins, the Crimson Tide allowed a total of 33 points. The defense for Alabama is more than legit.

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Ohio State vs Alabama Betting Pick: Buckeyes Also Have Players

You don’t get on the Ohio State football team if you can’t play football at an elite level. Head Coach Ryan Day loves hearing about how amazing Alabama is. He knows he has the studs to run with the Crimson Tide. We just saw 7 games from Ohio State this season due to the Big Ten starting late, and several COVID issues in the Big Ten. In fact, the Buckeyes were originally not going to be allowed to play in the Big Ten title game due to only playing 5 games.

The wins for Ohio State came over Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, Indiana, Michigan State, and Northwestern. Then, the big one, where they torched the Clemson defense for 49 points in the 21 point win. Ohio State finished 5th in College Football with more than 544 yards per game. 254.1 of those came via the pass, and 272 via the run. The Buckeyes were the 7th best rushing team in the country. Ohio State finished with 43.4 points per game as well.

Many are going to talk about quarterback Justin Fields. His performance against Clemson was one for the ages. After hurting his ribs, he continued to dominate, and sent Dabo Swinney and Trevor Lawrence home. Fields threw for a season-high 6 touchdowns in that game. In 7 games this season, the quarterback from Georgia tossed for 21.

His top target for most of the season has been Chris Olave. The California native caught 7 touchdowns this season, including 2 in the title game. Just one time this season, Olave has not reached 100 receiving yards in a game. Alongside Olave, the Buckeyes like to get the ball to various receivers, with Luke Farrell in as the dangerous tight end.

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The running game for Ohio State is fantastic as well. That makes preparing for the Buckeyes a tough task. The running game sees Trey Sermon lead the way since the loss of Master Teague back against Northwestern. Sermon, who transferred from Oklahoma, rushed for 331 yards in the Northwestern win, with 2 touchdowns. In the win over Clemson, he ran the ball 31 times for 193 yards and a touchdown.

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Ohio State vs Alabama Betting Pick

Going against all brains here – betting the Ohio State Buckeyes may be the way to go here. 8 points is quite a bit, but it’s Alabama. Can anyone come within a single score of the Crimson Tide? It’s probably doubtful. But, things seem to be heading the direction of Ohio State, with all they have had to deal with this season. 

Taking the Buckeyes at +8 gives you the opportunity to still win the bet despite losing the game by a touchdown. While saying that, do not be afraid to a small moneyline bet on the Buckeyes. You can grab them at +250. An upset would be a nice payout. Good luck!


Bets: 

  • Ohio State Buckeyes +8
  • Ohio State/Alabama OVER 76
  • Ohio State Moneyline +250

 

Final Score Prediction: Ohio State 45-42 over Alabama

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