McElroy Says Ohio State Is Most Difficult Matchup For Alabama (247sports.com)

Ranked No. 1 in the country once again, the Alabama Crimson Tide look like the buzz saw that has the capability to run through the college football world this season. But sitting at No. 2 and No. 3 are also undefeated national forces in Notre Dame and Ohio State. When asked who between those two is a tougher battle for Alabama, former Alabama star quarterback Greg McElroy said he believes the Buckeyes would put up a tougher test.

“I just think they have more pieces offensively you have to account for,” McElroy said of Ohio State on Tuesday’s edition of College Football Live. “I think Notre Dame’s excellent running the football, I think they’re decent at wide receiver and getting better, but Ohio State is a nightmare matchup for anybody, just because of how many different things you have to try to defend. The quarterback run, the individual matchup on the outside, being able to run the football between the tackles and on the perimeter. I would say Ohio State is the more difficult team to defend, therefore the more difficult matchup.”

Because of how the Big Ten planned its college football season — an eight-game, conference-only schedule that started in late October — Ohio State is a mere three games into its season. But the Buckeyes have looked as strong as they ever have in those three games. The closest game that Ohio State has played in that stretch of games was a 13-point win on the road against Penn State. It also blew out Nebraska by 35 points and Rutgers by 22 points.

Of course, when you have a quarterback like

Justin Fields, the Buckeyes are going to be a lot of people’s choices to be the best contender for the Crimson Tide. Fresh off of a season where he threw for over 3,000 yards and 41 touchdowns, and ran for 10 touchdowns on the ground, Fields is off to a hot start. He’s already thrown for 908 yards and 11 touchdowns, completing 86.7% of his passes and has no interceptions. Fields is one of the contenders for this year’s Heisman Trophy and is the main reason that former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard also picked the Buckeyes as the best contender for Alabama.

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“I would go with Ohio State because

Justin Fields is a dual-threat quarterback,” Howard said on the show. “We’ve seen (Notre Dame quarterback) Ian Book run the ball lately, but those have been gaping holes. You can pretty much turn around and moonwalk through those holes. You know Justin Fields is much more of a running threat and Alabama, traditionally, has problems with dual-threat quarterbacks who can hurt them with their legs. I would say the Ohio State Buckeyes.”



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