We’re just three days away from the first-ever championship game of the College Football Playoff, and here at Sports Unbiased we’ve put together our preview of the matchup between Ohio State and Oregon. We’ve looked at how both teams reached the big game, and we’ve also broken down the team rosters — from quarterbacks to punters, looking at everyone from return men to the guys in the trenches, the skill players and the key defenders, as well as evaluating the coaching staffs.
It’s the rare occasion where Monday can’t come soon enough. Scroll down for links to all of our preview materials. At the bottom you can see our predictions for the game and leave your own thoughts on the matter.
How Did the Ducks and Buckeyes Get to Arlington?
In the new system, championship contenders have to play their way into the title game. Review how Oregon and Ohio State earned their spots in the final with our reviews of the bowl games:
In a duel between the two most recent Heisman winners, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with a national championship berth as the stakes, neither player was perfect. But despite his flaws on Thursday, Marcus Mariota clearly outplayed Jameis Winston in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains. The Oregon defense flustered Winston and the Florida State offense, forcing five turnovers that led to 35 Duck points in a runaway 59-20 victory….
Three Reasons Why Oregon Had Their Way with Florida State in Rose Bowl Victory
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota took over in the second half. Although Florida State received the kickoff to start the third quarter, a stout defense that causes nothing but turnovers (combined with their lethal offensive efficiency) is among the obvious reasons for Oregon’s sudden success against one of the best teams in the country….
In a stunning turnaround for the Big Ten, Ohio State capped a day when Michigan State and Wisconsin notched big New Year’s Day victories with a stirring comeback against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Reversing a 21-6 deficit, the Buckeyes scored 28 unanswered points on either side of halftime to take control of the game in New Orleans and claim a spot opposite Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game….
Evaluating the Talent at Each Position
The biggest question about the battle between the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions is how they stack up at each position. We’ve broken down both rosters in three post, evaluating the offenses, defenses, and special teams units as well as both coaching staffs to help you get ready for Monday’s historic game.
Piloting one offense will be the reigning Heisman winner. Leading the other is a player making just his third college start. The obvious advantage goes to the veteran, though the upside of the newcomer somewhat levels the playing field.
Ohio State has proven that it has greater quarterback depth than any team in the country — before Braxton Miller went down in the preseason, Cardale Jones was the Buckeyes’ third-string quarterback. Now that J.T. Barrett has joined Miller on the sideline, Jones is the next man up…
In the 21st century, the old adage that defense wins championships has been swept away by the rising tide of points and yards being amassed by high-powered attacks. But offense is only half of the equation for any football team, especially for a team playing for a title.
Both Oregon and Ohio State are better known for the way the spread the field when they have the ball, but the counter to that fact is that each school’s players on the other side of the ball benefit from practicing against such talented teammates throughout the season…
We think about the quarterbacks, the skill players, the guys in the trenches. But there’s always that hidden third facet of the football game that can drastically change the game on a single play in a way few snaps during the normal run of play.
Special teams are an often-overlooked part of football, especially at the college level. But they’re not called special teams for the fun of it; having a weapon that can get you three critical points, pin the opposition back deep in its own territory, or reverse a seeming disadvantage on a deep punt or kickoff into good field position or even a touchdown is the elusive final ingredient…
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Who will win the College Football Playoff championship?
- Ohio State (75%, 18 Votes)
- Oregon (25%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 24