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There are quite a few bowl games that really grab your attention, and I feel confident in saying that the Discover Orange Bowl is one of those games. It features two high powered offenses in the Clemson Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Both of these teams had National Title hopes, and up until their championship game, the Ohio State Buckeyes looked like they were going to be playing in the BCS National Championship game.
Clemson and Ohio State's offenses both have put up huge points this year, as they both average over 40+ points per game. The Tigers are sitting with 40.2 points per game, while the Buckeyes are the 4th highest scoring team in the country at 46.3 points per game. Their defensive numbers are almost exactly identical though as they both allow just over 21 points per game, with Clemson allowing 21.1 points per game, and Ohio State allowing 21.3 points per game.
Clemson is sitting at 10-2, but nothing is more painful than the Buckeyes losing in the Big Ten Championship game to Michigan State to lose their undefeated season, and a shot at a National Title, to end up with a 12-1 record. Clemson lost in a brutal game to Florida State in the middle of the year, and then lost to South Carolina in the final week of the season to get their second loss.
Clemson Passing vs. Ohio State Rushing
These are two high powered offenses, but they both do it differently. Clemson does their damage through their air primarily, as they are ranked 13th in the country in passing yards per game at 329.3 yards per game. Ohio State on the other side does it with their run game, as they are the 3rd best rushing team in the country in terms of rushing yards per game at 317.5 per. Which side is going to get the advantage when all is said and done?
Really like this matchup. This line is sitting right now at +2.5 for the Clemson Tigers, but it's on the fringe of moving to -3 for the Buckeyes. Interestingly, I think that the Clemson offense is going to end up being too much for the Buckeyes. To go along with that, I feel like many sportsbooks aren't taking into account the fact that Ohio State is going to be let down after losing that Big Ten Championship game which kept them out for the BCS Championship Game. It should be a really good game and I think it will come down to a field goal and that said will be taking the points and look for the Tigers to go out on a positive note and like them on the moneyline as well. Also see this as a high scoring game and whenever that is said, you know you never know how the game finishes up. Will update as we get closer to game but no question we are rolling with side and total in this game, just a matter on how strong. Remember the side is always 3x stronger than the total and the total is always just an opinion.
CLEMSON / OHIO STATE OVER 66 POINTS
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