The second ranked Oregon Ducks (13-1) and fourth ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (13-1) will meet for the first time in their program’s histories on Monday, Jan. 12th in the first ever College Football Playoff Championship.
The Ducks beat Jamies Winson, Jimbo Fisher and the FSU Seminoles last week in the Rose Bowl by a whopping 39 points, 59-20. Perhaps what was most impressive was the 639 yards on offense by Oregon.
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Joining Oregon are Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes who upset Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl in a 42-35 thriller. Gaining 537 yards of offense against the best defense in the country was impressive for a team that many people counted out.
The Oregon Ducks comes into the 2015 National Championship game as a 6.5 point favorite, but Ohio State will relish in the role of the underdog.
Predicting the Final Score For the National Championship – Ohio State Vs Oregon
College Football National Championship
Matchup: Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Oregon Ducks
Date: Jan. 12, 2015
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Arlington, Texas
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Oregon Vs Ohio State
Point Spread: Oregon -6.
Game Total: 75
Ohio State will win the national championship if
They can shorten the game, keeping the ball out of Mariota’s hands.
If the surprising Ohio State Buckeyes want to win the 2015 national championship, then they’re going to have to find a way to stop Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks’ seriously explosive offense.
Mariota led Oregon to several Rose Bowl records in the Ducks’ stunning 59-20 blowout win of previously unbeaten Florida State in their national semifinal matchup on New Year’s Day.
No team in Rose Bowl history scored more points or amassed as much yardage (639) as Oregon did against the Seminoles – and Mariota was the driving force behind it all as he tossed two touchdown pass and ran for another. Mariota completed 26 of 36 passes for 3338 yards while adding another 62 yards on the ground.
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Ohio State will also need to find a way to slow down talented, but underrated running back Royce Freeman (1,343 yards, 18 touchdowns) who added two scores against Florid State and his backup0, sophomore back Thomas Tyner who rushed for 124 yards and two scores in the semifinal round on just 13 carries.
Freshman wide receiver Darren Carrington (37 catches, 704 yards) is the team’s best wideout at this point, but three players caught at least five passes against the Seminoles so clearly, all of the Ducks’ receivers need to be guarded closely.
Oregon will win the national championship if
They stick to their game plan and play like Ducks
Elliott rushed for a Sugar Bowl-record 230 yards o 20 carries against No. 1 Alabama in their semifinal matchup and busted an 85-yard scoring run that ended any hopes the Crimson Tide may have had. The sophomore’s 1,632 rushing yards ranks fourth in Buckeyes’ history behind Eddie George (1,927 in 1995), Keith Byars (1,764, 1984) and Archie Griffin (1,695, 1974).
If the Oregon Ducks want to win their first national championship, then thy need to shut down Elliott and force former third string quarterback Cardale Jones into his first bad performance since taking over for the Buckeye in their Big Ten title tilt against Wisconsin.
Jones, a sophomore that has played like a seasoned upper classman, has thrown for an even 500 yards with four touchdowns and just one interception in two starts against elite competition. However, the young signal-caller did complete just 51.4 percent of his passes against Alabama while tossing on TD pas and one pick.
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While I think Ohio State has been one fantastic story this season, especially since their Big Ten blowout win, the fact of the matter is that it took three interceptions from Alabama quarterback Blake Sims in order for the Buckeye to pull out a close, 42-35 win over the Crimson Tide.
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No way does Marcus Mariota make that many mistakes in the national championship and there’ no way Ohio State can stop Oregon’s insanely fast and efficient offense.
Forget what the numbers say, Ohio State’s only edge in this contest is in coaching experience – and I’m not sure it’s that big of an advantage.
The Buckeyes are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games against Pac-12 teams and 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games, but Oregon has gone4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games and an unblemished 5-0 ATS in their last five neutral site games.
Marcus Mariota and Oregon will not be denied people…nor will they fail to cover the national championship betting line as a touchdown favorite.
My Final Score Prediction: Oregon 42 Ohio State 31