The Final Four is set, December 28th, No.3 Clemson will take on No.2 Ohio State, Saturday 8PM on ESPN.
Clemson and Ohio State both deserve to be here. They have dominated the ACC and BIG-10 for the past 5 years.
Clemson (13-0) vs. (13-0) Ohio State:
Clemson is riding a 28 game winning streak. Dabo Swinney is appearing in his 5th straight college football playoffs. The Tigers could have the best quarterback/running back combination in college football. Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne are 1 play away, anywhere on the field, from scoring a touchdown. Lawrence completed 68.8% of his passes, threw for over 3,200 yards and had 41 total touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Etienne rushed for 1,500 yards and averaged 8.2 yards per carry. Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross combined for over 100 receptions and 21 touchdowns.
Defensively, Clemson is better than last year’s defense. They don’t have as many household names but they get the job done collectively. The team that won the National Championship gave up 285.9 yards per game. The 2019 squad is only giving up 232.8 yards per contest.
Legendary coach, Urban Meyer retired last season and Ohio State has gotten better. The Buckeyes were first nationally in scoring. They averaged 48.7 points per game and they were 3rd in scoring defense. They only gave up 12.5 points per game.
Justin Fields had one of the best regular seasons in the history of college football. He had 40 touchdown passes and only 1 interception. J.K. Dobbins rushed for 20 touchdowns and averaged over 6.5 yards per carry. Ohio State uses wide receiver by committee. They have 5 players who have at least 4 touchdown receptions.
Defensively, this team is led by Chase Young. He had 16.5 sacks on the season and LB, Malik Harrison, had 69 total tackles.
The Clemson coaching staff has had over 3 weeks to prepare for this Ohio State offense and defense. My money is on Dabo. No staff does a better job of preparing for big games.
Tigers win 38-33
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