Wednesday January 7th, 2015

Oregon Ducks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

For the first time in nine years, there isn't a team from the Southeastern Conference playing for the national championship. The College Football Playoff title game pits second-ranked Oregon against No. 4 Ohio State. Both teams average more than 45 points a game, have dangerous running attacks and posted impressive victories in their semifinal contests.

You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here.

How to Watch

Details for the National Championship are below:

Kickoff: Jan. 12, 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Live stream: The game can be live streamed here

TV coverage: ESPN

Radio: For a list of Ohio State affiliates, click here. For a list of Oregon affiliates, click here.

Season recaps

Oregon

CFP semifinal: Oregon 59, Florida State 20

Oregon took advantage of four straight Seminoles turnovers to turn a close game in the third quarter into a rout. The Seminoles turned the ball over five times. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns as the Ducks piled up 638 yards of offense. Jameis Winston threw for 348 yards and suffered his first loss in two seasons as Florida State's quarterback.

12/5: Oregon 51, Arizona 13

Oregon got revenge in a big way from an earlier loss to Arizona as Marcus Mariota threw for 313 yards and two scores and added three rushing touchdowns to help the Ducks win the Pac-12 championship. Three Arizona quarterbacks combined to throw for only 113 yards, and the Wildcat offense only generated 10 first downs and 224 yards of total offense. The Ducks raced out to a 23-0 halftime lead and piled up 627 yards.

11/29: Oregon 47, Oregon State 19

Oregon scored the game's first 30 points to pummel in-state rival Oregon State. Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 25 passes for 367 yards and four touchdowns while adding two more scores on the ground to lead the Ducks. Royce Freeman rushed 22 times for 135 yards, and Byron Marshall caught six balls for 131 yards as Oregon piled up 565 yards of total offense.

11/22: Oregon 44, Colorado 10

Marcus Mariota threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score as he inched closer to earning a Heisman invite. Royce Freeman ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Mariota become only the fifth quarterback in history to throw for 9,000 yards and run 2,000 yards in his career. Colorado lost for the seventh straight time as the Buffaloes could muster only 226 yards of total offense.

11/8: Oregon 51, Utah 27

Oregon forced four turnovers to knock off then-No. 17 Utah on the road. Marcus Mariota threw for 239 yards, ran for 114 more and had four total touchdowns in the victory. After Utah pulled within three points in the fourth quarter, Oregon scored the final 21 points to seal the victory.

Ohio State

CFP Playoff: Ohio State 42, Alabama 35​

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a Sugar Bowl record 230 yards and third-string quarterback Cardale Jones had 243 yards passing to lead the Buckeyes to an upset of top-ranked Alabama. The Alabama defense gave up 537 yards, and the Tide offense turned the ball over three times.

12/6: Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 0

Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns, and the Ohio State defense held Heisman candidate Melvin Gordon to 76 yards on 26 carries. Ohio State won for the 11th straight time and rolled up 558 yards on the Wisconsin defense. Ezekiel Elliott had 220 rushing yards, including an 81-yarder that put the Buckeyes up by 14. Devin Smith caught all three of Jones’ touchdown passes and finished with 137 yards receiving.

11/29: Ohio State 42, Michigan 28

Freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was lost for the season after fracturing his ankle on the first play of the fourth quarter. He was carted off the field after throwing one touchdown and rushing for two more. Sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones replaced him and went 2-of-3 for 7 yards.

11/22: Ohio State 42, Indiana 27

Three Ohio State turnovers helped Indiana take a 20-14 lead in the third quarter before the Buckeyes scored four straight touchdowns to take control. All four of those scores -- a punt return and three receptions -- came from Jalin Marshall. The win clinched the Big Ten East title for Ohio State.

11/15: Ohio State 31, Minnesota 24

Freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and also ran for a school-record 189 yards. Ohio State beat Minnesota for the 37th time in their past 39 meetings. Minnesota's David Cobb led the Gophers' ground attack with 145 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns.

11/8: Ohio State 49, Michigan State 37

The Buckeyes racked up 568 yards of total offense to top the Spartans. J.T. Barrett completed 16 of 26 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Ohio State offense. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and Barrett added 86 yards and two scores on the ground. Devin Smith caught six passes for 129 yards and a touchdown.

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