(12) Clemson at (7) Ohio State
Clemson: At one time, everyone thought Clemson would be a team that could be mentioned in the conversation for the National Championship. Clemson had one of the best offenses I saw in the country this year led by a top-five quarterback in Tajh Boyd and in my opinion this Clemson football team has the best wide receiver in the country in Sammy Watkins. This guy will make the transition from college to the pros and will be an elite receiver once he’s in the NFL. Look at this stat: Clemson started the season undefeated and in those six wins, they averaged 45 points a games and 534 yards a game so they definitely can score at any moments notice. This will be a huge task with a Ohio State team in their presence.
Ohio State: They breezed through the regular season like it was nothing. They were pretty much unbeatable for a majority of their schedule. They looked suspect in Michigan and finally the Buckeyes’ problems caught up with them in the Big Ten title game. The objective was pretty simple for Ohio State, you win and you play in the National Title game but that didn’t happen. Ohio State, just like their opponent can score as well. They averaged 46 points a game this past season and having a guy like a Braxton Miller makes things a lot more entertaining. This won’t be easy for Ohio State because Clemson does prove to be a challenge.
Prediction: I’ve been high on both these quarterbacks this season. Now, we’ll all get the chance to see these two square off against one another. Ohio State has a very vulnerable defense especially when it comes to defending the pass. Clemson will definitely take advantage of that. Clemson needs to find a way to limit the running game of Carlos Hyde. This one will be a shootout. I like Ohio State to get this win. Ohio State 48 Clemson 44.