Clemson Tigers (13-0) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (13-0)
December 28, 2019, 8:00 p.m. ET (State Farm Stadium)
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (College Football Playoff Semifinal)
Spread: Clemson -2.5 (-115), Ohio State +2.5 (-106) O/U: 62.5
Free NCAA Football Pick Ohio State Buckeyes vs Clemson Tigers
LSU and Oklahoma aren’t the only teams that will be in action today. In the second semifinals game of the day, the No.2 Ohio State Buckeyes will face the No.3 Clemson Tigers. These undefeated teams will face off in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
In their last game, Clemson destroyed the Virginia Cavaliers to win the ACC championship. The Tigers won by 45 as they finished the season the regular season 13-0.
This season, Clemson ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense (10.6 points per game). The Tigers were also fourth in scoring offense (46.5) and had at least 40 points in 10 of their 13 games. Trevor Lawrence led the offense (throwing 3,172 and 34 touchdowns), and he did not disappoint. Lawrence will battle Justin Fields (who he has a bit of history with) today as this game could come down to which quarterback plays better.
Clemson’s defense was also dangerous, as they gave up only 10.6 points per game (which was the fewest). They have a tougher task as they face a tough (yet similar) team in Ohio State.
On the other hand, Ohio State overcame a 21-7 deficit to beat the Wisconsin Badgers 34-21. They did so by outscoring the Badgers 27-0 in the second half.
The Buckeyes ranked No. 1 in scoring offense (48.7) and tied for second in fewest points allowed with 12.5. So, like Clemson, Ohio State was effective on both ends.
In his first year as a starter, Justin Fields played well. He threw 2,953 yards while getting 40 touchdowns. Fields also threw only one interception this season. Fields will be critical in this game, and the matchup of Fields vs. Lawrence should be an exciting one.
Tigers Betting Trends
Clemson is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games.
Clemson is 13-0 SU in their last 13 games this season.
The Tigers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games when playing as the favorite.
Buckeyes Betting Trends
The total has gone over in 4 of Ohio State’s last 5 games when playing as the underdog.
Ohio State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
Ohio State is 13-0 SU in their last 13 games this season.
Free NCAA Football Pick Ohio State vs Clemson Tigers
The Tigers go into this game as the (two-point) favorite, and rightfully so. They’ve played well all season, and with the exception of a close against UNC in Week 5, the Tigers have demolished their opponents. However, it is hard to count out Ohio State. When it seems like Ohio State is the underdog (or on the verge of losing), they somehow get it together and pull off the win.
Ohio State also lost to the Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl a few years ago. In that game, the Tigers beat the Buckeyes 31-0. This time could be much different. This could be a good, close game, but the Buckeyes may get the win.