Meyer makes bold Buckeyes prediction

10 January 2021 23:09:03 GMTPlus10

Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has picked the Buckeyes to win a close-fought contest against No.1 Alabama in Monday's national title game with defense the key to victory.

As speculation surrounds the 56-year-old returning to coaching amid interest from the NFL, Meyer previewed the NCAAF Championship game during his role as a Fox Sports college football analyst.

The three-time national title winner thinks Ohio State can come out on top in Miami if they get just enough defensive stops against the Crimson Tide's impressive offense.

Alabama finished the regular season ranked second in offensive yardage with a nation-leading 72 touchdowns spread throughout a star-studded roster that includes Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith and finalist Mac Jones.

But in certain metrics, such as yards per play, they ranked behind Ohio State and the Buckeyes' strength is also on the offensive side of the ball.

But Meyer, who stepped down as Ohio State coach in 2018 for health reasons, says whichever team plays the best defense will win out.

He told Fox Sports' CFB Playoff Preview extravaganza: "To win a game like this, you have to stop these great offenses four to five times. I said that when Florida played Alabama for the SEC Championship. They actually did stop them five times, however three of them were called back. One was a turnover and three were penalties extending drives.

"I'm going to pick the Buckeyes here. I think it's going to be 38-35, Ohio State will come up with those four to five stops and this will be one of the classic National Championship games in recent history."

Ohio State are 11/4 to topple No.1 Alabama in Monday night's matchup with the Crimson Tide at 2/7 for the NCAAF Championship win.

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