Eddie George Analyzes Sugar Bowl Clash

Alabama and Ohio State have a relatively thin history having played only three games. Bama and the Buckeyes met in the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 1977 season, at Giants Stadium in New Jersey to open the 1986 season, and in the Citrus Bowl at the end of the 1994 season.

Alabama has won all three games, but it was by the barest against the Ohio State team that featured Eddie George on Jan. 2, 1995, in Orlando. George rushed 15 times for 89 yards against Coach Gene Stallings’ Crimson Tide team. Bama scored in the last minute to break a 17-17 tie and come out with a 24-17 win.

The following season George won the Heisman Trophy, one of six former Buckeyes to be honored. By virtue of that, George was in New York for this year’s presentation, in which Bama’s Amari Cooper finished third to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

In a few weeks, Alabama and Ohio State will meet for the fourth time, the No. 1 Crimson Tide taking on the fourth-ranked Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl in a semifinal game of the inaugural College Football Playoff. The winner of that Jan. 1 game in New Orleans advances to the national championship game in Dallas on Jan. 12.

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George, now a commentator on radio and television, sat down with ’BAMA Magazine/BamaMag.com in New York to discuss the Heisman and the upcoming Alabama-Ohio State game.

He said one team has “the heart of a champion.”


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