#12 Clemson Tigers vs #7 Ohio State Buckeyes
Friday – January 3 – 7:30pm
Sun Life Stadium – Miami, FL
The Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1 ACC) will lineup to try and slow down the high powered offense of the Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten). Of all the bowl games, this should be one of the higher scoring games this year.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes had plans to be playing in the championship game this season. In Urban Meyer’s two years with the program, his only loss ever was in the Big Ten championship this year to Michigan State which cost him that chance. They have a ton of weapons on offense including Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde, who combined for over 1,000 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns.
The Tigers have their own offensive duo in quarterback Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins. The two have combined for over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in their last season together. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has built a very good program, including an ACC title in 2011. They will be motivated to close out the season with a bowl win.
Keys to Victory
Both teams have their own motivations to win this game. Ohio State will be looking to avenge their loss to Michigan State, while Clemson will want to end Boyd’s career with a bowl victory over arguably one of the top teams in college football.
Prediction: Ohio State 31 Clemson 27