Ohio State Buckeyes, Alabama Crimson Tide Gearing Up For War In January

Matthew WilderContributor IAugust 25, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  (C) Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with the Rose Bowl championship trophy as quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 looks on after the buckeyes 26-17 win in the 96th Rose Bowl game over the Oregon Ducks on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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We might be in for another Big Ten/SEC battle for the biggest prize in college football. Even the bookies in Las Vegas are drooling over the possibility. Can we really see Alabama and Ohio State squaring off come season's end?

Looking at Ohio State's schedule, it seems the big games against Miami, Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa, and Michigan are more than just games during the regular season. It is more like a staging ground for a national championship invasion force, headed to Glendale, Arizona. Of course, the big 36-24 win against the Miami Hurricanes gave the Buckeyes much needed momentum.

Alabama might have more of a rocky road. They boasted a huge 24-3 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions. Of course, college football fans have to remember that Alabama plays in what is called the toughest conference in football. The game that will prove to be particularly interesting is the Alabama/Florida game.

Terrelle Pryor (167 completions, 2,094 yards, 18 touchdowns) playing against Greg McElroy (198 completions, 2,508 yards, 17 touchdowns) would be golden match-up by itself. How about the running back battle between Dan Herron (600 rushing yards, 7 touchdowns) and Mark Ingram (1,658 rushing yards, 17 touchdowns) ? Of course, the defensive units on both sides would add a little more excitement on top of that. Alabama was the second best defense last year,  giving up 78.1 rushing yards per game (2) and 166.0 passing yards per game (9). The Buckeyes had the fifth best defense giving up 90.8 rushing yards per game (7) and 171.5 passing yards per game (12).

Some of you might ask, what if it's not the Buckeyes. Well, there is Boise State, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma that could be tossed into the mix. However, it's best to concentrate on the current projected match-up and let the season take its course.