ALLAMUCHY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – The College Football Playoff National Championship Monday night between No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes and top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide is dividing one local family with graduates from both schools.
Carolyn and Ted Gurnowski of Allamuchy Township have five kids: Eric, Laura and Elyse graduated from Ohio State University while Teddy and Bruce graduated from University of Alabama.
Carolyn told RNJ that she and her husband are trying to strike a balance, “We try to stay neutral and the last time the two teams played, when all my children were here, I wore black and white strips with a whistle.”
“I even thought about cutting a sweatshirt in half and sewing the two together so you can be truly a house divided here but that might be a little much. I’ll probably wear a turtle neck for Ohio State under an Alabama windbreaker but we’ll be rooting for both teams,” Carolyn said.
Ohio State last played the Crimson Tide in the 2014 season semifinal, won by the Buckeyes 42-35.
“That occasion all five of my children were at the house wearing their respective jerseys and watching the game together so it was a lot of fun,” Carolyn said.
This time none of their children will be home, so they’ve been group texting each other about the upcoming game.
Both teams are undefeated this year but Alabama has played more games and Ohio State’s starting quarterback Justin Fields is coming off an injury.
Either way, somebody in the Gurnowski family will get bragging rights come Monday night.
Alabama and Ohio State are scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. EST Monday and can be watched on ESPN.