By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
Alabama squares off against Ohio State in the CFP national championship game on Monday. ESPN Honolulu will bring you all the action (kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m.). It should be a great matchup, with Alabama led by newly-minted Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith and Ohio State led by QB Justin Fields. Currently, the Crimson Tide are 7.5-point favorites to beat Ohio State, but of course the Buckeyes were underdogs against Clemson, too.
We asked our ESPN Honolulu radio personalities to give us their predictions for the game. Here are their responses:
BOBBY CURRAN: “A huge factor in the championship game will be the health of Buckeye QB Justin Fields. No surprise that his condition is a closely guarded secret, but even if he is 100% it would be tough for him to come close to his performance against Clemson, where he was spectacular. Add to that Nick Saban’s suggestion that Jaylen Waddle may play and you have the ingredients for a game that could get away from OSU. Final score: Alabama 42, Ohio State 17.”
JOSH PACHECO: “I’ve got Alabama by two touchdowns in this game. While both offenses can put up points, the star of this national championship will be the Alabama defense, which has allowed 19 points per game this year. The dynasty will ‘Roll’ on.”
GARY DICKMAN: “I think Alabama will win this game convincingly, by over 20 points. If Ohio State were playing a team like the NY Jets, they’d probably win. But not vs Alabama, no way. But seriously, remember two years ago in 2019, when Alabama played Clemson and Tua was a sophomore and were overwhelming favorites? Clemson didn’t stand a chance, the experts said. And the final was Clemson 44, Alabama 16. I think Bama will win, but nowadays, no outcome would shock me.”
CHRIS HART: “I think Alabama will win. That Gene Stallings is a great coach!”
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