Betting Pick: Ohio State vs. Clemson
crazy, unpredictable, and bizarre season, there were no crashers to the College
Football Playoff. Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State have combined for 13
appearances and five titles in the College Football Playoff era.
Clemson Tigers meet the 6-0 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The
winner will advance to a spot in the championship game against the winner
between Alabama and Notre Dame. Clemson has won the previous two playoff
meetings with Ohio State.
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Preview: Small Sample Size
Buckeyes were only able to play five of their eight scheduled Big Ten
regular-season games. The conference originally required a minimum of six games
to qualify for the Big Ten Championship Game. The league relented, noting that
Ohio State, even with a sixth game loss, would have won the Big Ten East.
defeated Northwestern 22-10 to capture the conference crown and set the stage
for a playoff appearance. Despite some complaints about Ohio State's limited
schedule, the College Football Playoff Committee seeded the Buckeyes third.
its body of work was limited, Ohio State cruised through its schedule. The
Buckeyes averaged almost 42.5 points a game, seventh in the country.
Defensively, they gave up an average of 21 points, 26th nationally.
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runs a balanced offense, averaging 253 passing yards and 276 rushing yards a
game, totaling 529 yards. Quarterback Justin Fields completes 73 percent of his
passes as well as running for 46 yards a game. Most of those numbers were run
up against a weak schedule.
Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game, Ohio State rushed for 399 yards.
Fields tossed a pair of interceptions, and the Buckeyes only got into the end
had been giving up 122 yards on the ground, so that rushing total was
impressive for both bettors and handicappers.
Preview: It's the Trevor Lawrence Show
Clemson's only loss of the season against Notre Dame, quarterback Trevor
Lawrence was sidelined due to COVID-19 concerns. Clemson was held to under 50
rushing yards in that 47-40 overtime defeat.
was a different story, with Lawrence passing for 322 yards and adding another
90 with his feet.
season, the Tigers average 508 yards a game in total offense. The bigger story
for Clemson is its stingy defense.
allows 199 yards passing and 100 yards rushing per game. In the ACC
Championship Game, the Irish were limited to just 44 yards rushing.
played in five of the six playoffs and advanced to the championship game four
times. This is an experienced team and coaching staff, although offensive
coordinator Tony Elliott will not be available due to COVID-19.
are looking to avenge last season's 42-25 loss to LSU in the championship and
send Lawrence to the NFL as a national champion.
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Lines and Odds
favored by 7.5 points, and the over/under is 66.5 points. On the moneyline,
Clemson has odds of -300, and Ohio State is at +240 for a winning bet.
season, the Tigers are 5-6 and the Buckeyes are 3-3 against the spread. Both
teams are slightly above .500 on the over/under, with Clemson at 6-5 and Ohio
State at 3-2-1.
Preview and Prediction
offensive prowess, Ohio State is always a threat to score a lot of points.
However, the Buckeyes' big wins were over Indiana and Northwestern, two teams
that lack the speed of Clemson. The Buckeyes will be taking a big step up in
class against the Tigers.
State is balanced on offense, Clemson is equally tough on defense. The Tigers
bottled up Notre Dame and should be able to contain Fields. When Lawrence is on
the mark, Clemson rolls.
Clemson, give the points, and take the under.
Clemson 31, Ohio State 20.
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