With Ohio State and Alabama the odds-on favorites for the No. 1 and No. 2 slots in the preseason polls, it’s prudent to stack the two teams against one another to see how the two might match up head-to-head.
And if you’re looking for a really significant way to compare the two favorites for 2013, look no further than the running back position which often drives the bus in championship runs.
Don’t think so?
Well, did you know that since 2007 no BCS title team has finished the season with a national ranking lower than No. 16 in rushing yards per game?
The dubious honor of that relatively low rating went to Alabama’s ground attacks in both 2011 and 2012 while the champs from 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 all finished in the top 11 in this category.
With this stat serving as our driving force, the following slideshow stacks up the running back corps for the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide starting from the bottom and reaching all the way to the top.
Though many of us will be thrilled by the stylings of the passing game this fall, these guys may be the athletes—offensively speaking—who will make the difference in a run for the crystal pigskin.
Indeed, these may be the unsung cogs in the magical machine that takes championship dreams and morphs them into title rings.