The second seed and ACC champion Clemson Tigers will go have another showdown with the third seeded Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes. This semifinal matchup will be competing for a chance to move on to the CFP National Championship Game.
Date: 8:00 PM ET on January 1, 2021
Watch On: ESPN
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Clemson, once again, is led by talented quarterback Trevor Lawrence. He has a fairly good chance at being the number one pick in the NFL draft if he decides to go.
He is a huge factor to this team, and he missed two games due to COVID that included Clemson’s only loss to Notre Dame earlier in the season. In recent play for the ACC championship, however, Lawrence was back and they more than settled the score against the Fighting Irish 34-10.
Lawrence is also completing a career high 69.2 percent of his passes and has thrown for 2,753 yards while amassing 22 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Not only that, but Clemson has weapons everywhere.
They are averaging 44.9 points per game and are ranked fourth in scoring offense in the nation. They also defend well, stopping teams on average to 17.5 points per game.
Ohio State (6-0)
Ohio State has a talented quarterback of their own too in Justin Fields. He is helping the Buckeyes average 42.5 points per game, which lands them eighth in the nation in total scoring offense.
On defense, they typically held teams to 21 points per game. This is a little higher than compared to last year but again they only have had six games to play with.
Fields has completed 72.6 percent of his passes tallying 1,521 yards and has thrown 15 touchdowns with only five interceptions. He did throw two of those interceptions recently against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship game.
In addition to the offense, they also have Oklahoma transfer Trey Sermon. Sermon recently broke the school’s record for rushing yards within the Big Ten Championship, adding up 331yards and two touchdowns.
Odds For This Event
The market has given Ohio State a lot of respect even though they have only played six games. For the spread, BetOnline has the odds currently set at:
Clemson: -7 (-115)
Ohio State: +7 (-105)
*odds are subject to changes
Free Betting Pick
Ohio State, to many, should not even be in the playoffs. With just six games on their resume, there were arguments to be made for other teams with more wins and potentially better resumes.
That being said, this year more than any other, you must be careful with playing these games where the games are not being played for several days away due to good ole Covid-19. The fact is, we handicap these games on the basis of the information that we have at the time of publication however players get hurt in practice, players decide not to play in the bowl game and there is also a motivational factor that we need to figure out, and of course, this year we have Covid-19. We will be studying this game and reviewing the numbers several times leading up to the game.
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