In the 2014 College Football Playoff, Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes managed to knock off Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. This time around, Meyer won’t be coaching, but he expects his successor to pull off another upset over Alabama.

While retired from coaching, Meyer stays busy as a college football analyst for FOX. On the network’s “CFB Playoff Preview,” he shared that he sees his former team slowing down the high-powered Alabama offense just enough to come away with a close victory.

“I think there are two terrific offenses, obviously, Alabama versus Ohio State,” Meyer said. “I’m going to pick the defenses. To win a game like this, you have to stop these great offenses four to five times. I said that when Florida played Alabama for the SEC Championship. They actually did stop them five times, however, three of them were called back. One was a turnover and three were penalties extending drives.

“I’m going to pick the Buckeyes here. I think it’s going to be 38-35, Ohio State will come up with those four to five stops and this will be one of the classic National Championship games in recent history.”

Non-Alabama fans would certainly enjoy a “classic” National Championship Game. The last two National Championship Games have been decided by 17 or more points (LSU 42-25 over Clemson; Clemson 44-16 over Alabama).

[H/T 247Sports]