By Enrique Cervantes
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. After 14 games, countless predictions, and numerous rankings, we’re down to the final two.
The high-powered University of Oregon Ducks and the resilient Ohio State Buckeyes will fight become the true national champion of the college football world.
This isn’t the matchup people were expecting. Many picked the Ducks and University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide to make it to the big stage. However, Ohio State showed us that no matter who the quarterback is, the team keeps on trucking.
The Ducks, led by Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, are the most potent offense out of all the teams in college football. They are first in offensive efficiency and points per possession, and second in points per game. Not only can they beat you with speed, but their defense is a force to be reckoned with.
No one expected the Ducks to play this physical against Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles. Their defense forced turnovers, made big stops, and made it seem like the Seminoles didn’t belong in the playoff.
Oregon not only flexed their muscles, but they showed that they’re more than just extravagant jerseys and finesse football. Mariota is the key to their success, throwing 40 touchdown passes, rushing for 15 touchdowns, and only throwing three interceptions.
On the other side, we have Ohio State. Head coach Urban Meyer, who I believe should have won Coach of the Year, showed that they are embracing their next man up philosophy, going with third-string quarterback, Cardale Jones.
It was obvious that the Buckeyes were the underdogs out of all the four teams in the playoff. However, with a great coach like Meyer, anything is possible.
Despite a sluggish start, the Buckeyes found their offensive rhythm late in the first half, sparked by a reverse pass for a touchdown thrown by wide receiver Evan Spencer. From that moment on, you could feel there was a power shift.
Ohio State’s defense managed to slow down the new speedy offense of the Crimson Tide. After a big run by running back Ezekiel Elliot, the Buckeyes never looked back.
However, despite the tough nature of the Buckeyes, I still believe that Oregon will win. They’ve proven that offensively, they can run up the points in the blink of an eye, exploiting tendencies with precision.
Expect the Ducks to be crowned the first true national champion.
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