Hello All! I’m back writing for The Backfield Press once again, so sit back, enjoy, and let’s talk football.
First of all, I don’t think there’s anyone out there who doesn’t know what tonight is. No, I don’t mean the 1,129 episode of Monday Night Raw. It’s time for the National Championship.
We all know the teams, and we all know how they got there. Oregon put an absolute beatdown on the then undefeated Florida State Seminoles on New Year’s Day, and the Buckeyes surprised a good 90% of the world with their upset over heavily-favored Alabama. It’s no doubt that each of these teams deserve a spot in the national title, but which one will be victorious? Let’s look at the facts.
Oregon is coming into this game with a huge victory over the likes of “Famous Jameis” and company. The Ducks put up 59 (!) points on the powerhouse Seminoles, and the Ducks showed everyone that they mean business. Oregon is led by gunslinger and future NFL team leader Marcus Mariota, a Hawaiian-born Heisman winner who threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns. However, the turnovers by FSU played the main culprit in the Ducks win, with FSU committing five turnovers in the game. Oregon scored points off of turnovers, and that would ultimately doom the Seminoles. The Ducks are going to have to force turnovers tonight if they ever hope to stop the Buckeyes.
Ohio State is a team that only a select few had in this game. In the preseason, yeah, we heard the “OSU-FSU” and “OSU-Oklahoma” predictions (speaking of which, how big of a let down were the Sooners this year?). Ohio State lost Braxton Miller before the season even started to an injury. No big deal, just put in J.T. Barrett and win a few games. Which they did. Then J.T. went down, and in comes Cardale Jones. By this time, it was time for the Big Ten Championship vs. Wisconsin, and the Buckeyes were underdogs. They throttled the Badgers 59-0. The selection committee put them in the fourth spot (amidst controversy) and everyone complained about how the Buckeyes wouldn’t win against the Crimson Tide. The Buckeyes then beat Alabama 42-35. This team finds ways to win games they aren’t supposed to. You can’t deny the talent now. Urban Meyer is coaching a darn good football team up in Colombus, and I actually feel they have the momentum heading into the national championship.
So who wins?
Good question. Like I said, Ohio State wins games they aren’t supposed to, and they have the momentum heading into this one. However, the Ducks offense and defense looked extremely potent in their game against FSU. Marcus Mariota didn’t win the Heisman out of pure luck. The kid can play. The kid also doesn’t throw many interceptions (3 on the year, 13 in his career). This is going to be a fantastic, offensive game. Until midway through the fourth quarter. At this point, I see the Ducks picking off Cardale Jones, and returning it to the house to seal the victory for the Ducks. Add in an extra touchdown from Marcus Mariota, and there ya go. Quack, quack.
Oregon 51, Ohio State 34
MVP: Marcus Mariota (367 yards passing, 43 yards rushing, 4 total touchdowns, 1 INT)