How to watch the National Championship game between Ohio State and Alabama

2021 National Championship Alabama vs. Ohio State

Since Nick Saban took over as Alabama's coach in 2007, the Crimson Tide has signed six players from the state of Ohio, but Ohio State has not signed anyone from the state of Alabama.

"Every team has its own personality", Saban said Sunday.

After going a whole two seasons without winning a national title, the Tide finished ideal during a season that could not have been further from it. COVID-19 forced teams into quarantines and endless testing and uncertainty every single week with games played in mostly empty stadiums. The current Crimson Tide team has one of the most prolific and talented offenses in the history of the sport.

The Pac-12 and Big Ten postponed their seasons before reversing course, and Ohio State played only eight games.

Could a title-game win in Miami also lead to continued success in recruiting South Florida for Alabama or a renewed presence in the area for Ohio State, which has had its share of area prospects in recent memory but none on the current roster?

As for Ohio State's COVID-19 cases, Day on Thursday confirmed the team was dealing with "a new set of challenges". The Big Ten waived that requirement when it was apparent Ohio State - 5-0 at the time and the conference's best chance of making the CFP - would otherwise miss the game. Just one of Alabama's 13 games were decided by fewer than 17 points.

Led by an all-star cast of wide receiver DeVonta Smith, running back Najee Harris and quarterback Mac Jones, the Crimson Tide rolled to a 52-24 win over the Buckeyes and National Football League players chimed in with their reactions.

For what it's worth, Ohio State coach Ryan Day on Tuesday said he "definitely" expects Fields to play. "I think it's been helpful to the players and the opportunity that they have to compete and play, create value for themselves, as well as a lot of fans who have great interest in college football".

Another championship would give Saban seven overall, including a BCS title at LSU in 2003, breaking a tie for the most all time with Alabama's other coaching great, Paul Bryant.

The 69-year-old Saban is 169-23 at Alabama, with no signs of slowing down.

The storyline of the week for Ohio State is how quarterback Justin Fields was doing after taking a brutal shot to the side in the second quarter of the Buckeyes' semifinal victory over Clemson.

Jones has completed 77 percent of passes for 4,036 yards, 36 touchdowns and four interceptions. Monday's title game comes within a calendar year of Hard Rock Stadium also hosting the last Super Bowl in early February.

Day provides no injury updates for his players, so it is still unclear exactly what the damage was to Fields.

"Justin has had a good week of practice", Day said. Justin Fields, playing what might be his last game before heading to the National Football League, passed for 194 yards and a touchdown.

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