Ohio State and Clemson square off in the Fiesta Bowl. According to OddsShark, Ohio State is a 2.5 point favorite in the College Football Playoff semifinal matchup. The spread moved an entire point towards Clemson in the 24 hours leading up to the game.
The over-under is set at 58.5 points. The OddsShark computer likes Ohio State to pull out the narrow victory. The computer projects a 36.6-35.6 Ohio State victory. The computer is taking Clemson against the spread and the over on the point total.
Both teams have been average against the spread this season. Ohio State is 6-6 against Vegas while Clemson is just 6-7.
Clemson has had its ups and downs throughout the season. The Tigers have started to play their best football after a slower start than expected. It has been a challenging season for Clemson whose season has constantly been compared to their 2015 campaign.
With the amount of talent on the Clemson roster, there is reason to believe the Tigers have not played their best football yet. It remains to be seen whether they will be able to display that level of play during the College Football Playoff.
Ohio State started fast but found themselves in close contests in their last two games. For the amount of playmakers on the Ohio State offense, the unit has sputtered in their last few games. Clemson has the talent on both the defensive line and in the secondary to be able to match Ohio State.
Heavy likes Clemson to come alive in their biggest game of the season. Their narrow loss to Alabama in last season’s title game has been in the back of the Tigers minds since the season ended.
Ohio State has the talent to win the game but seem to have played their best football at the beginning of the season. Look for Clemson to pull out a narrow victory and advance to the championship for a potential rematch with Alabama.
Heavy’s Pick: Clemson 30 Ohio State 27. Clemson +2.5. Under on the Point Total.