Head-to-Head Comparison of Alabama and Ohio State

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Head-to-Head Comparison of Alabama and Ohio State
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With Alabama and Ohio State grabbing the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in a slew of post-spring preseason polls, it’s a great time to stack the two programs up against one another.

Indeed, Athlon Sports, ESPN.com and Phil Steele all have the Tide and Buckeyes among the top two of their latest Top 25 projections.

Before moving forward in our analysis, it’s absolutely key to point out that when we’re discussing the identity of Ohio State in terms of 2013, we’re actually embarking on a somewhat complex situation.

Yes, where Alabama has been in the throes of the Nick Saban era since 2007, Ohio State has only been under Urban Meyer’s leadership since 2012.

This means that discussing long-term traits such as philosophy, strategy and inherent strengths and weaknesses requires looking back both at the Jim Tressel era (2001 through 2010) and—even more importantly—at Meyer’s time at Florida (2005 to 2010).

Therefore, when we stack the two teams up against one another—Ohio State and Alabama—we’ll take the approach that the ’13 Buckeyes foundation is built on a trio of factors that aren’t limited only to what happened in the 12 games that defined their 2012 season.

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