Buckeyes Players to Watch: National Championship

Chris Olave

In this game, all the attention has been on Alabama’s wide receivers. Yes, they have the Heisman Trophy winner in Devonta Smith and another projected 1st round receiver in Jaylen Waddle. Ohio State’s Chris Olave has been just as meaningful to his team as those receivers. When he has been on the field, he has been unstoppable. In the Big 10 championship that Olave missed, Ohio State’s offense struggled to move the ball through the air. He more than made up for his absence in that game with a six reception, 132-yard performance in the team’s next game against Clemson. He added two scores, as well. Olave has been the playmaker Ohio State needs throughout this season. In his five games played, he has only failed to top 100 yards once. But even in that one game where he only mustered 64 yards, he still managed to find the endzone twice. Alabama’s defense does rank 78th in college football in passing yards this season, so Olave does have a plus matchup. The opportunity should also be there in this one. Alabama’s offense consists of two Heisman finalists and puts up points in bunches. For Ohio State to keep up with their pace, Fields will look Olave’s way early and often. Ohio State can move the ball, so the bigger task in this one will be to stop, or at least slow down, Alabama’s offense. This is why the next two players on this list play on the defensive side of the ball.

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