NCAA Football News: Alabama, Ohio State Set For Showdown
This past week has been jam-packed with news from the college football world. As we prepare for the National Championship Game on Monday night, some coaches and players are either staying or on the move.
Some big names have made some big decisions over the last few days that will impact the sport going forward.
National Championship To Be Played As Scheduled
Over the last few days, there was some concern that Ohio State would have player availability issues due to some COVID-19 exposures. Head coach Ryan Day has said, "We'll have plenty of players."
That puts to rest any chance of a postponement of the biggest game of the college football season. The game will kick off on Monday at 8 pm ET at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
These two teams will meet up for the first time in the National Championship Game since January 1, 2015, when Ezekiel Elliott ran wild and vaulted the Buckeyes to a championship with a 42-35 win.
Alabama is favored by 7.5 points and has only played one game all season that has finished within that point spread. That game was a 52-46 win over the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship Game.
Lawrence Declares For NFL Draft
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft as expected. He will forego his senior season and start his career of playing football on Sundays.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely draft Lawrence as they have the No. 1 pick after losing 15 straight games to finish the season 1-15.
The New York Jets fumbled away the opportunity to draft Lawrence and move on from Sam Darnold after they surprisingly won two games in the closing weeks of the NFL season to allow Jacksonville to slide ahead of them in the draft order.
Clemson will be forced to move on from its most decorated quarterback in school history. Head coach Dabo Swinney will have his work cut out for him to replace Lawrence and keep Clemson atop the college football world going into the 2021 season.
Michigan, Harbaugh Agree On Contract Extension
In a very surprising move, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh agreed to a four-year contract extension to remain the Wolverines' head man.
For weeks, it had been speculated that Harbaugh had a desire to return to the NFL. There was also speculation Michigan would want to move on from Harbaugh as it has not fared well of late with him at the program's helm.
Harbaugh is 49-22 in his six seasons with the Wolverines while going 34-16 in the Big Ten. He is also 1-4 in the five bowl game appearances he's had with Michigan.
He has also never beaten Ohio State in five tries. All of this led to the speculation that Michigan would want to move on.
His new contract will pay him a base salary of $4 million per year with incentives that can reach up to $8 million annually.
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