College Football Playoff (Orange Bowl)
(4) Oklahoma at (1) Clemson
Oklahoma: They’ve put together a very impressive season in 2015 under Bob Stoops. This was a conference given to TCU or Baylor in the offseason, but it didn’t quite work out that way. This is a team that went into Waco and beat Baylor to hand them their first loss of the year and they won out the rest of the season including a beatdown in Stillwater against the rival Oklahoma State Cowboys. I love this offense. Baker Mayfield sets the tone under center, they have a running back that can get the job done in Samaje Perine who is more than capable of getting the job done and a wide receiver who is very explosive on the outside in Sterling Shepard. This was also the best defensive team in the big-12 and that unit will be counted on against DeShaun Watson and the Tigers of Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Clemson: I’ve defended them a lot and have stated that they are the best team in the country, but their last two games against South Carolina and North Carolina in the ACC title game made me concerned because their defense gave up a ton of big plays down the field in both games. They have a ton of playmakers on offense starting with the quarterback who was a Heisman candidate, his name is DeShaun Watson. He’s a mobile guy that can make throws on the run, throw it from the pocket and he can hurt a defense with his feet. Another is tight end Jordan Leggett who I think will be a big factor for them moving forward because of his ability to create mismatches all over the field and you have wide receiver Artavis Scott. Their defense has struggled against the run in some games and they give up the big pass down the field. With a win, they will be in the National Title game.
Prediction: If you like offense, this is the game for you. Oklahoma scores almost 49 a game and Clemson scores close to 40. Oklahoma’s defense hasn’t seen a tight end as talented as Leggett all season long and that’ll be a huge advantage for the Tigers. We also can’t Wayne Gallman who can get hot at anytime. The key for Clemson will be to keep Mayfield in the pocket. He’s at his best scrambling and moving. For Oklahoma, containing Watson is key. I’m taking Oklahoma in this one. Oklahoma 45 Clemson 35