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College Football Playoff Semifinal – Clemson Tigers vs Ohio State Buckeyes

by Ryan

Undefeated and second-ranked Ohio State will face undefeated and third-ranked Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, AZ in State Farm Stadium starting at 8:00 ET.

Clemson (13-0 SU, 10-3 ATS), who is the defending national champion, has a nation’s best 28-game winning streak. They are the number one defense in the country in points allowed and total defense, allowing only 244.7 yards per game. They are the number four offense in points scored and third in total yards with an average of 547.7 yards per game. They have won their last eight games by an average of 42.1 points per game.

In the last 6 games QB Trevor Lawrence has thrown 20 touchdown passes with zero interceptions. They also have a strong ground game led by RB Travis Etienne.

Clemson’s 63-17 thumping of Virginia in the ACC Championship Game was only the second time all season that they allowed more than 14 points.

The Tigers have played in three College Football Playoff championship games and have won two of the last three.

“Clemson, they’re strong, they’re powerful, they’re tough. They’re fast. They have speed. We have speed. They have a really good quarterback. We have a really good quarterback. They have a really good running back, we have a really good running back. It goes back and forth. It will be fun to watch” said Ohio State coach Ryan Day.

Ohio State (13-0 SU, 9-4 ATS) was the College Football Playoff champion in 2014 and has the nation’s second longest current winning streak at 19 games in a row. They are the number three defense in the nation in points allowed and second in total yards allowed with an average of 247.6. The Buckeyes lead the nation in sacks with 51 including 16.5 by Heisman Trophy finalist Chase Young. They are the number one offense in points scored and fifth in total yards with an average of 531 yards per game.

Buckeye QB Justin Fields is a transfer from Georgia and was a Heisman Trophy finalist this year. He is a 6’3” 225 pound dual-threat quarterback. He has run for 10 touchdowns and passed for 40 touchdowns while throwing only one interception all season.

For Ohio State it will be important for RB J.K. Dobbins to have a big game on the ground to balance the Buckeye offense against the tough Clemson defense.

Clemson opened as a 2.5 point favorite with a total of 63.5

13-0 (9-0 Big Ten) Record (Conference) 13-0 (8-0 ACC)
No. 2 CFP ranking No. 3
48.7 Points per game 46.5
12.5 Points allowed 10.6
531.0 Yards per game 547.7
258.8 Passing ypg 294.8
272.2 Rushing ypg 252.9
247.6 Yards allowed per game 244.7
148.1 Passing yards allowed 138.5
99.5 Rushing yards allowed 106.2
Justin Fields
2,953 yards (40 TDs, 1 INT)
Passing yards leader Trevor Lawrence
3,172 yards (34 TDs, 8 INT)
J.K. Dobbins
1,829 yards, 20 TDs
Rushing yards leader Travis Etienne
1,500 yards, 17 TDs
Chris Olave
799 yards, 11 TDs
Receiving yards leader Tee Higgins
1,082 yards, 13 TDs
Chase Young
44 total tackles, 21 tfl, 16.5 sacks
Defensive leader Isaiah Simmons
93 total tackles, 14 tfl, 7 sacks

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