After months of upsets, hard hits, and SportsCenter-worthy highlight-reel plays, tonight’s College Football Championship Game between No. 2 Oregon and No. 4 Ohio State will determine it all. I think it’s safe to say there weren’t many experts who had these two schools pegged last summer as the two teams to beat but alas here we are, 60 minutes from crowning a new national champion in the first championship game since 2005 to not feature a team from the SEC.
Oregon made it here on the strength of Marcus Mariota‘s talent, but it was a total team shutdown of Florida State during the semifinals. Ohio State made it here mostly through incorporating a stylish, speed-oriented offense that blitzed Alabama all night during their semifinal, but to beat the Ducks they might have to beat them at their own game.
However, in Style Points, it’s never about what you do but how you do it and both of these schools showed off some serious swagger in their respective College Football Playoff wins.
Ohio State’s Michael Thomas made the play of the bowl season with an incredible catch just before the halftime buzzer. Meanwhile, Oregon is planning to make the biggest splash of all tonight with some trendsetting uniforms.
They weren’t the only ones making waves, recently, though. Riding Derrick Jones‘ wave of momentum, high schooler Michael Porter Jr. set the Internet on fire with a ridiculous dunk that topped just about everything over the past few weeks, outside of 2015 breakout star Andrew Wiggins‘ alley-oop finish in Utah. Overall, there were more highlights recently than we knew what to do with.
In this week’s Style Points: Oregon Is College Football’s Swagger King; the Hawks Are the NBA’s Most Surprising Team.
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