College Football Betting Matchup, Picks Scores & Odds For Fiesta Bowl

College Football Betting Matchup: Fiesta Bowl – Clemson Tigers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Date / Time: Saturday, December 31 – 7 PM ET
Site: University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
TV Coverage: ESPN

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Pointspread: Ohio State -1.5
Total: 58 Points

The Clemson Tigers took things right down to the wire in the national championship game last year, and they hope to go all the way as they have reached the four-team field in the college football playoff. On Saturday night they take the first step as they tangle with the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl, beginning at 7 PM ET at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

College Football Betting Matchup, Picks Scores & Odds For Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State comes into the game with an 11-1 straight-up record (6-6 against the football pointspread) and they are better rested than usual, because they did not have to play in the Big Ten title game to get here. Clemson beat Virginia Tech in a tougher-than-expected ACC championship game to bring its record to 12-1 straight-up and 5-7 against the points.

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Urban Meyer, the Ohio State coach, has experienced defeat at the hands of Clemson in a bowl game, having done so three years ago in the Orange Bowl. His team is balanced on offense, although the lead back, Mike Weber, a redshirt freshman, isn’t nearly as explosive as Ezekiel Elliott, who is now tearing up the NFL. But Weber has 1072 yards and nine TD’s on the season, while Curtis Samuel has added 847 yards. Samuel, from his H-back position, has 65 catches as well, although he is the only OSU receiver with more than 30 receptions. JT Barrett is a good fit as the trigger man for Meyer’s spread option, and he has registered 847 rushing yards and thrown for 24 touchdowns.

But Barrett is not nearly as accomplished a passer as Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, who is being touted as a possible first-round NFL draft pick. Watson accounted for 43 touchdowns – 37 of them through the air, and he bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy with 525 rushing yards. It can be said with some conviction that the Tigers have more in the way of aerial ammunition, as they are loaded with receiving talent. Mike Williams (85 catches, 1174 yards) could go in the first round as well, and then there are people like Jordan Leggett, Deon Cain and Artavis Scott to flood the secondary. Ohio State ranked first in the nation in Passing Efficiency Defense, and they have a marquee road win against Oklahoma, but they haven’t faced this many good receivers at once.

BetAnySports patrons are well aware of the Buckeyes’ defensive prowess, as they ranked 3rd nationally in Total Defense, and were fifth best in the nation in the red zone. But Clemson’s stop unit was also very formidable, ranking 8th in the country and forth against the pass. They can pressure Barrett, as they have 43 sacks.

Let’s keep in mind as well that Clemson really rose to the occasion on the biggest stage last season, rolling up 550 yards against a very stiff Alabama defense. Ohio State won the national crown as couple of years ago, but Barrett was injured and Cardale Jones assumed the quarterback position in the post-season.

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