By the numbers


TEAM: 209.5 yards per game (No. 34), 5.1 yards per attempt. LEADERS: T.J. Yeldon, 184 carries, 932 yards, 10 TDs; Derrick Henry, 159, 895, 10

Ohio State

TEAM: 260.8 yards-per-game (No. 11), 5.8 yards per-attempt. LEADERS: Ezekiel Elliott, 217 carries, 1,402 yards, 12 TDs; Curtis Samuel, 56, 376, 6.

The skinny

While Alabama’s new-fangled passing game got plenty of attention, the Crimson Tide’s duo of Yeldon and Henry were consistently productive. Elliott didn’t get as much attention as other Big Ten running backs and was in the shadow of Carlos Hyde was a freshman. But Elliott racked up 1,402 yards, including 448 in the last three games when he averaged 8.96 yards per-carry.

The verdict

Two is always better than one, and it’s hard to forget the 6-foot-3, 241-pound Henry in last year’s Sugar Bowl (161 all-purpose yards on nine touches). Plus, injured quarterback J.T. Barrett was Ohio State’s second-leading rusher with 938 yards and 11 TDs. Sophomore Cardale Jones had eight carries for just 9 yards in his lone start against Wisconsin.

Advantage: Alabama