Ohio State and Alabama have two of the best rushing games in the nation. So good, in fact, that on the strength of the run game we are going to see a resurgence of a great rivalry.
A few seasons ago, comparing the Big Ten and SEC was all the rage. Florida was atop the SEC, Ohio state was dominating the Big Ten, and Michigan wasn't far behind.
The general consensus was that there was not much separation between the two conferences.
The debate raged back and forth for a few years, but has recently settled into the obscure corner of football folklore reserved for debates that have been ended, as the SEC continued to assert its dominance, and the Big Ten has still only one BCS title to its name.
Moving into the 2013 season, the debate is going to be re-opened, because of the resurgence of the Urban Meyer-led Ohio State Buckeyes.
At the end of the season, when all the dust settles, there is a very real possibility that Ohio State will have completed its second straight perfect season. Whether that will be enough to earn them a BCS title game bid remains to be seen, as their schedule is about as strong as a wet noodle.
All that said, it's easy to see why Alabama from the SEC and Ohio State from the Big Ten sit atop just about every preseason ranking. The two teams are experienced, have excellent coaches and feature stout running games.
Going strictly off last season's yardage per game, OSU ranked 10th in the nation, with Alabama not far behind at 16th.
So given that both teams have a chance to run the table, and both feature strong rushing attacks, this list will compare the two units top to bottom, and declare an advantage at the end.
No word yet on whether the result of this comparison will be used in the BCS formula this season.