BCS Playoffs: No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes

Ron JohnsonSenior Writer IDecember 7, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 5:  B.J. Scott #1 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates as confetti falls after their 32-13 win against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome on December 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It's time to settle the debate right here and right now.

With the help of not one, but two Web sites, all of College Football Nation will now have the chance to decide who goes on to the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena.

This has never been done before, and, over the next few weeks, we will have ourselves a little eight-team playoff between the top eight teams.

With that being said, the first game on the slate is top-ranked Alabama facing eighth-ranked Ohio State in today's matchup.

But before we take a look at the game, here's a look at the brackets.


BCS Playoffs Bracket

No. Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes

No. 2 Texas Longhorns vs. No. 7 Oregon Ducks

No. 3 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. No. 6 Boise State Broncos

No. 4 TCU Horned Frogs vs. No. 5 Florida Gators

Here's the rundown of the preview of the matchup between Alabama and Ohio State.


No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC Champions, 12-0)

The Alabama Crimson Tide grounded and pounded their way to their first SEC Championship in over a decade.

They survived some pretty severe games this year, but they managed to unleash some inner-fury against the Florida Gators.

Now, they look to continue that trend as they match up against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Tide will need Heisman Trophy candidate Mark Ingram to step up and show that same tenacity he showed against Florida in the SEC Championship.

Alabama's defense will be a huge factor in this game.

They managed to keep Tim Tebow grounded for the majority of the SEC Championship, and I see them grounding another mobile quarterback in this matchup.


No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten Champions, 10-2)

The Buckeyes needed some severe Lady Luck to survive the Big Ten Conference.

It doesn't help that you have the likes of Penn State and the always-unpredictable Wisconsin.

But it does help that you have the likes of Michigan and Iowa on the schedule, as well.

They had to beat the Hawkeyes to secure the Big Ten.

But, they still won the Big Ten for the fifth time and earned a spot in the BCS in the process.

That being said, one has to wonder which Big Ten Champion will show up.

The Big Ten Champion who defied all odds and won the conference?

Or the Big Ten Champion who has a history of being severe choke artists in the postseason when it comes to the BCS?