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The Buckeyes enter this game as the slight favorites despite being the 3rd seed, as they bring an impressive combination of elite talent on both sides of the football. On offense the Buckeyes are led by dual-threat QB J.T. Barrett, who put the Buckeyes in a position to win the National Championship two seasons ago, but he wasn’t able to play in the college playoffs that year as he injured his leg in the last game of the season. This time around Barrett is more experienced and is ready to bring the Championship back to Columbus. On offense Barrett is helped out by an impressive collection of talent in RB/WR Curtis Samuels, RB Mike Weber and WRs Noah Brown and Dontre Wilson. This group of playmakers behind a strong offensive line, led the Buckeyes to be the number 9 scoring offense in the country averaging 42.7 points per game. Only three times this season did the Buckeyes score fewer than 30 points, making them one of the more consistent offenses in the country.
As if their offense wasn’t enough of a threat, what makes the Buckeyes truly a threat is their shut down defense. This unit was great throughout the season, despite relying on a number of sophomores and freshmen in key roles. They were 3rd in the country in scoring defense allowing just 14.2 points per game and no team put above 27 points on them. They were 4th in yards allowed at 281, and top 10 in a number of other categories.
The Buckeyes are relatively young, but they are led by an experienced QB, and might have the most natural talent on their roster. One concern they have is how they will fare at a neutral site as their one loss and two of their closest wins came in tough road games.
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The Tigers were in the National Championship game a year ago and are looking for redemption this season as they fell just short to Alabama. Clemson brings back an experienced offense led by 3rd year starting QB Deshaun Watson, 4th year junior WR Mike Williams, senior TE Jordan Leggett, junior RB Wayne Gallman and junior WR Artavis Scott. These are all guys who have been there before and are ready to bring home the National Championship before they head off to the NFL. Watson and Williams are both considered among the top level prospects at their various positions and Leggett, Gallman, and Scott could all be drafted in the top 100 selections next April as well. That’s a lot of top level talent that the Tigers bring to the table on offense, and it’s all pretty experienced as well.
The Tigers defense doesn’t boast the same number of experienced players, but they are hardly slouches. This is a unit that finished 12th in scoring allowed at 18.4 points per game and 8th in total yards allowed at 314. Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins is one of the most disruptive interior linemen in the country and corner Cordrea Tankersley is a very talented cover guy. Linebacker Ben Boulware is the leader of the defense and constantly is around the football.
Though Clemson probably isn’t as deep as Ohio State in terms of talent, their experience on offense I feel gives them the edge in this match-up. Watson, Williams, and Gallman are tough for any defense to stop, and that is only the tip of the iceberg for this offense.
I’ll definitely be taking the points with the Tigers when I bet with MyBookie this weekend.