National experts' predictions for Alabama vs. Ohio State football in CFP championship

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

The 2020-21 college football season comes down to the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Ohio State in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 11. 

Alabama enters the game 12-0 overall. Most recently, Alabama defeated Notre Dame 31-14 in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. 

Ohio State comes into the matchup 7-0 overall. On Jan. 1, OSU beat Clemson 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl. 

As of Friday, the Alabama Crimson Tide are a 7.5-point favorite against Ohio State, according to BetMGM

National experts pick Alabama, Ohio State football 

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields(1) fist bumps Ohio State Head football coach Ryan Day before the College Football Playoff Semifinal Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, La  USA;  at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports)

Sports Illustrated reporter Pat Forde and Yahoo reporters Pete Thamel and Dan Wetzel picked the game on the "Yahoo Sports College Podcast." 

Pate Forde picked the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

Pete Thamel picked the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

Dan Wetzel picked the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

"I think Alabama's the better team," Forde said. "Seven-and-a-half (points) seems like a lot. I don't like the hook there, but I'm going to give it and say Alabama is going to win."

"I'm taking Alabama 41-31," Thamel said. "I think they win and cover."

"I'm going to say 49-38, Alabama," Forde said.

"I'm going to take Alabama to cover, and I'm going to take 48-40," Wetzel said. "It's going to be a good game, though." 

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Nick Saban is the Alabama Crimson Tide football head coach. Ryan Day is the Ohio State football head coach. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik

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