Saturday, December 31, 2016
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The Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Clemson Tigers on Saturday, December 31, 2016 in the Fiesta Bowl. The opening line for this game has Ohio State as 3 point favorites. This season the Buckeyes are 6-6-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 6-6-0. The Tigers have an over/under record of 7-6-0 and they are 6-7-0 against the spread.
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J.T. Barrett finished with 124 yards through the air for Ohio State in his last game. He completed 15 passes out of 32 attempts for a 47% completion percentage. The Buckeyes were led in rushing by J.T. Barrett, who finished with 125 yards on 30 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Noah Brown was the team leader in receiving with a total of 40 yards and 3 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 13 yards per reception. As a team in that game Ohio State got a total of 23 first downs. Of those first downs, 13 came on the ground while 7 came through the air. They ran 82 total plays for 330 yards for the game. The Buckeyes ran for 206 yards on 50 attempts.
Deshaun Watson finished with 288 yards passing for Clemson in his last contest. He went 23 for 34, resulting in a 68% completion percentage. The Tigers were led on the ground by Deshaun Watson, who finished with 85 yards on 17 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Deon Cain led the team in receiving with 69 yards and 2 catches. He finished the game with an average of 35 yards per reception. Clemson had 30 first downs total. 11 came from running the ball and 14 came from a pass. They ran 75 total plays for 470 yards for the contest. The Tigers ran for 182 yards on 41 carries as a team.
Ohio State scores 42.7 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 9th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 19.7 passes on 31.3 attempts for a 62.8 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 221.2 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 77th in college football. The Buckeyes run for an average of 258.3 yards per game on 46.7 attempts for an average of 5.5 yards per carry. That ranks them 9th in the nation. They also run 78 plays per contest and average 6.1 yards per play for an average of 479.5 yards per game, ranking their offense 21st overall this season. The Buckeyes average 25.3 first downs per game which ranks them 9th in the country. They accumulate 48.8 penalty yards per game via 6.2 penalties, which ranks 83rd in the nation.
Ohio State allows 164.5 passing yards per game, ranking 5th in D-1, and they allow 14.2 points per contest on defense, which ranks 3rd. They give up 14.3 completions on 30.3 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 47.3. The Buckeyes allow 121.5 rushing yards per game on 35.7 carries for an average of 3.4 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 15th in the country. Ohio State allows 286 total yards per game including 4.3 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 4th in terms of yards per game. They force 2.1 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 4.5 penalties for 39.7 yards per game, ranking them 11th among D-1 teams.
Clemson averages 40.2 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 15th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 27.8 passes per game on 41.2 attempts for a 67.7 percent completion percentage. They throw for 332.6 yards through the air per game, ranking them 7th in Division 1. The Tigers run for an average of 173.4 yards per game on 38.5 attempts for an average of 4.5 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 69th on the ground. They also run 79.6 plays per game and average 6.4 yards per play for a total of 506 yards per game, ranking them 13th in the country on offense. The Tigers get an average of 26.8 first downs per game, which ranks 5th in the nation. They average 59.2 penalty yards per game via 6.7 penalties, ranking them 39th in college football.
Clemson allows an average of 188.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 19th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 18.4 points per contest, which has them ranked 12th in the nation. They give up 16.8 completions on 32 attempts for a completion percentage of 52.6 per game. The Tigers allow 125.8 rushing yards per contest on 36 carries for a 3.5 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 23rd in the country. Clemson allows 313.9 total yards per game for an average of 4.6 yards per play, which ranks 9th in D-1. They force 1.8 turnovers per contest and 7.8 penalties for 66 yards in each contest, ranking 112th in the nation.
Ohio State Betting Trends
Ohio State is 6-6-0 against the over/under this season
Ohio State has an ATS record of 6-6-0 this season
Clemson Betting Trends
Clemson is 7-6-0 against the over/under this season
Clemson has an ATS record of 6-7-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
12/04/16 WR Corey Smith Undisclosed probable Saturday vs. Clemson
10/31/16 OL Malcom Pridgeon Undisclosed out indefinitely
10/26/16 OL Isiah Prince Knee out for season
09/30/16 OL Demetrius Knox Foot expected to miss 6-8 weeks
09/24/16 LB Justin Hilliard Undisclosed out for season
09/05/16 DL Tracy Sprinkle Leg out for season
08/31/16 DB Cam Burrows Foot out for season
08/29/16 QB Torrence Gibson Suspension out for season
08/19/16 DL Darius Slade Achilles out for season
12/05/16 CB Adrian Baker Knee "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
12/05/16 T Jake Fruhmorgen Personal "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
12/05/16 OL John Simpson Leg "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
12/05/16 DE Richard Yeargin Knee "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
11/17/16 DT Scott Pagano Foot out for regular season
10/13/16 WR Adrien Dunn ACL out indefinitely
09/22/16 DB Brian Dawkins Knee out indefinitely
09/22/16 OL Chandler Reeves Knee out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Clemson +3
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