These teams could get to this number — it’s college football — 74.5 points is a bit of a light number when it’s a track meet if it’s going to be that style of game. If the game starts to develop from an in-game perspective, then maybe you change your theory, but it looks like early on, Ohio State goes in, runs the football, and scores first. That’s very critical to knocking off Alabama. You need to dictate the tempo and score first.
The first thing that Alabama did — they took the football five minutes down the clock with a ten-play drive. Boom, they’re up 7-0. Next thing, you know, they’re up 14-0 against Notre Dame, and they take them out of their game plan. If Ohio State scores first and takes seven minutes off the clock, then Matt Jones has to go on the field. If he goes three-and-out, somehow, someway, it really favors the rushing attack of Ohio State to limit possessions. That’s what makes the chess game so interesting in terms of a national championship type of breakdown. The pick of Ohio State and their rushing attack looks strong, along with the total going under 74.5 in this game.
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