Ohio State vs. Clemson - 12/28/19 College Football Fiesta Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Clemson Tigers (13-0) at Ohio State Buckeyes (13-0)
College Football: Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm (State Farm Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes +1 -- Over/Under: 63
The Clemson Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in the college football Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium.
The Clemson Tigers have a chance to win 14 games for the fourth season and return to the national title game. The Clemson Tigers have won all six non-home games. Trevor Lawrence is completing 68.8 percent of his passes for 3,172 yards, 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Lawrence has three or more touchdown passes in his last eight games. Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross have combined for 1,824 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns while Amari Rodgers has 27 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 252.9 yards per contest, and Travis Etienne leads the way with 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 10.6 points and 244.7 yards per game. Isaiah Simmons leads the Clemson Tigers with 91 tackles, Tyler Davis has 5.5 sacks and Tanner Muse has four interceptions.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have a chance to win 14 games for the third time in school history and make a national title appearance. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won all six non-home games. Justin Fields is completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 2,953 yards, 40 touchdowns and one interception. Fields has three or more touchdown passes in eight of the first 12 games. Chris Olave and KJ Hill have combined for 1,358 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns while Binjimen Victor has 31 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 272.2 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 1,829 yards and 20 touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 12.5 points and 247.6 yards per game. Malik Harrison leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 69 tackles, Chase Young has 16.5 sacks and Jeff Okudah has three interceptions.
The Tigers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 bowl games, 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games as a favorite and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Buckeyes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 bowl games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Tigers last 8 bowl games as a favorite. The under is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 bowl games.
The Clemson Tigers have been there done that just last season and it kind of feels like they got stronger as the season played out, which is what you want when chasing a championship. However, I do question just how good this Clemson team is given that it played just two ranked teams and one of those teams was a middle of the road Texas A&M squad. The Ohio State Buckeyes are off three straight wins over top-15 teams and have been the only team in the country that hasn't had a real scare this season. The Ohio State Buckeyes have been the most consistent and most dominating team in the country from start to finish and it feels like we're getting a free point with the better team. Look for the Buckeyes to reach the title game.