After Tough Loss, Buckeyes Prepare For Offensive Shoot Out In Miami

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Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

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Sunday night, it was announced that Ohio State would be taking on Clemson in this year’s Orange Bowl.  While the Orange Bowl was never Ohio State’s target destination, it’s still a BCS Bowl and a victory can help Meyer and company in their recruiting efforts this offseason.  With that in mind, how do the Buckeyes stack up against the Clemson Tigers?

The Clemson Tigers rank 17th in scoring defense, 21st in total defense and give up an average of 350 yards per game (thank you Bleacher Report).  What can we take away from this?  Simple, Clemson is no Michigan State when it comes to defense.  Clemson gave up big yards and big points to Florida State earlier this season, and I believe that beside each other, Ohio State’s offense and Florida State’s offense is a fair comparison.

As far as Ohio State is concerned, we Buckeye fans already know about our crappy secondary.  I fully expect Tajh Boyd to hang at least 40 points and 400 yards on Ohio State’s defense.   Ohio State’s defensive line will take care of the running game and I don’t expect Clemson to break the 100 yard barrier in the running game.

Let’s not mix words here.  The defensive weaknesses of each team match up perfectly to the offensive strengths of the other team, so I fully expect this game to become a track meet.  There is a single digit spread in this game, but I fully expect to see both teams combine to score at least 70 points.  Both of these offenses are high-powered, high-production powerhouses that are both capable of controlling the pace of this game at will.  If you’re planning on betting on this game, stay away from the spread and bet the over.

Now let’s look at the individual players.  I expect big performances out of Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Corey Brown, and Devin Smith.  For Ohio State, spreading the ball around and keeping Clemson’s shaky defense off-balance will be the key to winning this game.  The Buckeyes are coming off a rough loss and will be looking to exact some revenge on the Clemson Tigers.

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As for the Clemson Tigers, I expect a big game out of Tajh Boyd, and I also expect a big game out of Sammy Watkins.  Like I said, the Ohio State secondary is weak, and I fully expect Boyd and Watkins to pick the Buckeye pass defense apart.

If nothing else, it will be fun to watch these two teams, both with an axe to grind and something to prove, go up against each other for the Oranges on January 3rd.  If you’re a football purist that likes to see tight defenses and fine special teams play (i.e. Tressel Ball), then this is not the game for you.

My prediction:  Ohio State 42 – Clemson 39

GO BUCKS!

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