College Football Picks: Ohio State vs. Alabama in Sugar Bowl

Jeff Grant

Monday, December 8, 2014 3:05 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 3:05 PM UTC

Alabama’s overall body of work has demonstrated its the best team in the country, which makes it a top college football pick in taking on Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.

Sneaking In?
Ohio State landed the final spot in the inaugural college football playoff due to a convincing 59-0 blowout victory over Wisconsin as four-point underdogs in the Big Ten Championship Game—putting up 558 yards of total offense against a stop unit that was allowing just 260.3 on the year.

The Buckeyes will be playing with their No. 3 quarterback in terms of their preseason depth chart in this high-profile matchup, which is important to consider when making your College Football picks, but Cardale Jones put up an astonishing 255.8 passer rating last week.

It’s important to point out that the program is 6-2 ATS in its last eight non-conference games.


Rising Tide
Alabama has proven to be the most dominant squad nationally since suffering its only loss to Ole Miss on Oct. 14, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA football odds, as it comes off a 42-13 win over Missouri as 14.5-point favorites in the SEC Championship Game.

Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide have collected 12 or more wins five times in his eight seasons in Tuscaloosa, while it has compiled a 84-5 record when leading at the half during his time on campus.

Sports bettors will find that the team has covered the number in its last four opportunities against Big Ten opponents.


Forcing Turnovers
The Buckeyes will need to play aggressive defensively in hopes of pulling off a SU victory, but their stop unit is capable of rising to the occasion, as they forced the Badgers into committing four turnovers last week.

Ohio State has one of the best defensive fronts in the country, with tackle Michael Bennett recovering two fumbles in the championship game, while sophomore Joey Bosa was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.


Quite a Combination
Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has a lot of talent at his disposal, with quarterback Blake Sims and wide receiver Amari Cooper leading the charge—hooking up 12 times in the SEC championship.

Sims has established a single-season school record in throwing for 3,250 yards this season, while Cooper has accumulated 115 receptions for 1,656 yards.


I’m going to recommend that readers back the Crimson Tide as their 2015 Sugar Bowl pick, as they’ve gone 9-3 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games.

Free College Football Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide -10 at Ladbrokes

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