The Clemson Tigers got oh so close to winning a national championship last season, taking Alabama to the brink in the playoff title game. Well, they have made their way back into the “final four” again, where they will meet up with a formidable challenge in the Ohio State Buckeyes. This game takes place on Saturday night at 7 PM ET at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, and it is also the Fiesta Bowl. VietBet customers will have the pleasure of working with reduced juice, which will give them better college football odds, and after the game begins, they can get their fill of real-time wagering by accessing the facilities provided by Live Betting Ultra.
Ohio State vs Clemson – NCAAF Betting Line:
In the college football playoff betting odds posted on this game by the people at VietBet, Ohio State is the favorite:
Ohio State Buckeyes -3
Clemson Tigers +3
Over 59 points -110
Under 59 points -110
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Ohio State vs Clemson – CJ’s Take:
Ohio State, of course, is coach by Urban Meyer, who has lost only five games in five seasons. His stock-in- trade is the spread option offense, and you could not imagine a better guy running it been JT Barrett, who is very steady with his arm, throwing 24 touchdown passes with only five interceptions, and is also a considerable rushing threat (847 yards). The way this offense is constructed, the H-back can play a big role, and Curtis Samuel is multi-dimensional, to say the least. Samuel, who might be as dynamic as any offensive player in the country, caught 65 passes for 822 yards and also ran for 704 yards from scrimmage.
Ohio State did not play in the Big Ten championship game, because their only loss was to Penn State, and the Nittany Lions had only one conference loss. That made for a bizarre set of circumstances indeed. The Buckeyes are 11-1 straight-up and 6-6 against the spread. Clemson comes into this game with a record of 12-1 and they are 5-7 against the points.
When you talk about dynamic players, certainly Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson fits that description. Watson, who went absolutely wild in last year’s national title game, came back to school as one of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy, and he hasn’t disappointed a whole lot. Watson completed a little more than tw- thirds of his throws with 37 touchdowns. He also and 525 rushing yards, BUT he was somewhat mistake-prone, throwing 15 interceptions. Last year he got more help from running back Wayne Gallman, but unfortunately Gallman has been bothered by a number of injuries this season. Still, he came on toward the end and went just over 1000 yards, with 15 touchdowns on the ground. And when it comes to a connection by air, you will not find many wide receivers more highly-regarded than Mike Williams, who will almost unquestionably be a first-round NFL draft pick. Williams was on the other end of 85 of Watson’s throws, and scored 10 touchdowns.
VietBet patrons went into this season knowing that Ohio State might be in a quasi-rebuilding stage. But they simply reloaded. The defense was extremely strong, allowing only 18 touchdowns from scrimmage. And they may be well-equipped to deal with Clemson’s multi-varied offense, as the Buckeyes allowed only 47% completions and 3.3 yards per carry.
Clemson had a top 10 defense as well, although some of the very tough opponents they played, like Louisville, Florida State and Pittsburgh (as well as Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game) scored better than 30 points against them. But coach Dabo Swinney has covered five straight bowl games, and these Tigers pinned the only bowl game defeat on Meyer during his tenure at Ohio State, which took place three years ago.
By Charles Jay
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