Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State Preview and Pick
The Orange Bowl will kick off on January 3rd with an interesting matchup of two teams eager to get in the win column and secure a bowl victory. Clemson started the season with high hopes of playing for a National Championship but those hopes were dashed after a lopsided defeat to the Florida State Seminoles. The Ohio State Buckeyes were much closer to a title shot, but they lost the Big ten Championship game to Michigan State, dropping their first game in two years.
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State Preview
The college football bowl odds for this game opened up with the Buckeyes listed as a field goal favorite. Despite the loss to the Spartans, the college football betting public still believes in Ohio State as over 70 percent of the early wagering action is coming in against the Clemson Tigers. This has yet to cause a betting line shift as this game can still be found at (-3) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The downfall of Clemson this year can be attributed to one thing, turnovers. No. 12 Clemson hasn’t played a solid game against a ranked opponent since the season-opener against Georgia, and much of that has to do with the alarming rate the Tigers have turned the ball over. Clemson enters the game having turned the ball over more this year (22) than it did through last year’s regular season (19). They also have some negative trends coming into this bowl game. The Tigers are 2-6 against the spread (ATS) in their last 8 bowl games and 1-5 ATS when they go up against a team with a winning record.
The Buckeyes come into this game with a balanced attack on both sides of the ball. This includes the most prolific scoring attack in the Big Ten and one of the most explosive offenses Ohio State has ever had in its decorated history. The offensive line proved itself to be one of the best units in the country as the Buckeyes rolled their way to more than 46 points per game. The Buckeyes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game, but they are 23-8-1 ATS in their last 32 games following a straight up loss and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games. The Buckeyes are ready to flex their muscle against the Tigers.
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State Pick
The Clemson Tigers have talent, but are consistently inconsistent. They will not be able to keep pace with a Buckeyes team that is going to prove they are elite.
Ohio State -3