Alabama is the overwhelming favorite to win the College Football Playoff National Championship this season. Can any team stand in the Crimson Tide's way? Paul Finebaum thinks it's worth keeping any eye on one potential "threat."
Finebaum has identified Ohio State football to be the biggest national championship threat to Alabama this upcoming season. The Buckeyes had a down years, according to their own standards, last year and will no doubt be on a mission in 2022.
With C.J. Stroud under center, Ohio State should be a title contender. The Buckeyes could even be the biggest threat standing in Alabama's way to the championship.
“Unquestionably…” Finebaum said, via Saturday Down South. “But Ohio State is built for this. They had a bad year last year. They did the unthinkable, the once-in-a-generation [mistake], they lost to Michigan. But that’s not going to happen this year because they have one of the best quarterbacks in the country, they have wide receivers that will fill the NFL up. And they have Notre Dame at home in the first game of the season, they have Michigan later on, it’s a tailor made schedule for Ryan Day to make a serious run at the championship.”
The biggest issue for Ohio State last season came on the defensive side of the football. The Buckeyes got pushed around by Oregon, Michigan and Utah. They finished 1-2 against those opponents.
Ohio State has to get tougher in the trenches to compete with the big boys in the SEC.