2021 College Football Playoffs National Championship


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by Rizwan Hussain, Staff Writer

The much-awaited 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship took place on January 11at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. The two eager contestants were the Ohio State Buckeyes and Alabama Crimson Tide. Expectations were high and for the enthusiastic lovers of the game a thrilling, closely contested match was in the cards. But alas that was not to be. The match was a tame, one-sided affair and the Alabama Crimson Tide proved too much for the rivals. They easily beat Ohio State and the final score of 52-24 showed how uneven the teams were.

Alabama was led by their star wide-receiver and Heisman Trophy recipient Devonta Smith. In the National Championship he had a great game. He had three receiving touchdown passes, 215 receiving yards, and 12 catches. Smith truly came up with an amazing performance that night. He proved all his doubters wrong who often ridiculed him with slurs and disparaging comments calling too weak and too small to become a star. His gutsy performance demonstrated that hard work and perseverance produce tangible results. 

But on the other side, Ohio State players had little to show. They were outclassed in every department of the game and were hardly a match for the Alabama boys.. They did not have the likes of the outstanding and zestful Alabama team head coach, the great Nick Saban. With this win, Saban now has seven College Football championships in total, six with Alabama. Ohio State’s star quarterback Justin Fields gave a terrible performance as he could not play his normal game against the dominant Alabama team. Fields only had one passing touchdown, threw the ball for only 194 yards and was 17/33 on his passes. He did not have a good performance as many fans heading into this game had expected. 

Alabama deserved to win this game. Two years earlier, they lost in the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship to Clemson. The next season, they could not make it to the semi-final game due to their record and seed. But this season was special because of the global pandemic of Covid-19 going on and doubts expressed if the championship would be held. Many fans of College Football thought that the 2020-2021 season would not take place. Thanks to the devoted people who work for the NCAA, covid protocols and precautions were strictly followed by the coaching staff and players. Despite the outbreak of the deadly virus, Alabama got their redemption and became champions once again.