Alabama, Ohio State to face off for college football supremacy

Stars of Alabama and Ohio State will be expected to lead their teams, respectively, in the upcoming NCAA College Football Playoff Championship. The Crimson Tide and Buckeyes both rolled to victory in their respective semifinal showdowns.

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January 4, 2021 - 8:47 AM

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields runs with the ball in the first half against Clemson during the College Football Playoff semifinal game Friday. Photo by Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images / TNS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Top-ranked Alabama has two Heisman Trophy finalists and is in the College Football Playoff championship game for a record fifth time. Ohio State is back for the first time since winning the inaugural title in the CFP era.

After the SEC champion Crimson Tide rolled past Notre Dame 31-14 in a Rose Bowl played deep in the heart of Texas, the No. 3 Buckeyes of the Big Ten beat Clemson 49-28 in the other CFP semifinal at the Sugar Bowl on Friday night. The Tigers were trying, like Alabama, to get to the title game for the fifth time in the seven seasons of the four-team playoff.

So it’s a matchup of storied programs playing Jan. 11 in suburban Miami to determine the champion of this most unusual season played in the middle of a pandemic.

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