Ohio State Buckeyes vs Clemson Tigers Prediction, 1/1/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Clemson Tigers
Date: Friday, January 1, 2021
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Odds/Point Spread: Ohio State (+7)
Justin Fields and the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) are headed to Mercedes-Benz Superdome on New Year's Day where they'll take on the Clemson Tigers (10-1) in the Sugar Bowl. Ohio State opens this contest as 7-point underdogs. The total opens at 65.
In their last contest, the Ohio State Buckeyes went up against the Northwestern Wildcats and went home with the win by a score of 22-10. Justin Fields went 12/27 with 114 yards by way of the pass but didn't get a passing TD in this game. He walked away with 2 picks on the day. Trey Sermon led the team in rushing for the game. His longest run of the day went for 65 yards and he ran for 2 TD's for this game. He racked up a total of 331 yards via 29 carries which meant he averaged 11.4 yards per run. Julian Fleming led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 53 yards on 4 receptions. He earned an average of 13.3 yards per catch for the game.
Regarding scoring points, the Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 42.5 points per contest. Offensively they hold an average of 275.7 yards via the ground game ranking them 5th in the country. The Buckeyes currently have 3,175 total yards this season. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Ohio State has amassed 15 touchdowns through the air and 16 touchdowns via the ground. The Buckeyes are ranked 36th in Division 1 in terms of team defense, giving up 21.0 points per game. The opposition is running for 3.4 yards per run and 96.7 rushing yards per game for the year. In total, they have allowed 580 running yards through 6 games. Regarding passing yards, the Buckeyes are giving up 1,565 yds which ranks them 55th in college football. During their 6 games played, they are giving up 260.8 yards per game through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 62.7%. During this campaign, they have yielded 357.5 yards per outing ranking them 46th in the country.
Justin Fields has connected on 384 of his career 557 tosses for a completion percentage of 68.9%. He is passing for 160.1 yards per game. For his career, Fields has passed for a total of 5,122 yards with 60 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. His QB rating is 178.9 with a TD rate of 10.8% and an interception rate of 1.4%. Since his collegiate career started, he has attempted running the ball 246 times totaling 1,024 rushing yards.
The last time they took the field, the Clemson Tigers faced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and took home the victory by a score of 34-10. Travis Etienne led the team in rushing in this contest. He had a long run of 44 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown for this game. He rushed for a total of 124 yards on 10 carries which gave him an average of 12.4 yards per carry. Amari Rodgers was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 121 yards on 8 catches. He notched an average of 15.1 yards per reception in this contest. Trevor Lawrence went 25/36 with 322 yards by way of the pass and tossed 2 touchdowns. He gave away 1 pick for the contest.
When it comes to their ability to score points, the Tigers currently rank 4th in the nation averaging 44.9 points per game. During the season thus far, the Tigers currently have a total of 3,782 yards through the air together with an average of 343.8 passing yards per contest, which has them ranked 7th in college football. They average 163.8 run yards per game and have run for 1,802 yards overall. The Clemson Tigers have an average of 507.6 yards/game which is good for 11th in Division 1. The Tigers are conceding 17.5 PPG, which has them ranked 23rd in college football. Overall, they have conceded 193 points. Clemson has allowed a total of 1,098 yards on the ground (99.8 yards per contest) and 8 touchdowns on the ground this year. They have surrendered 11 touchdowns via the pass as well as 198.6 yards/contest, which has them sitting 38th in D-1.
During the 39 games in his college career, Trevor Lawrence has completed 725 of 1,090 attempts for a total of 9,698 yards. He is averaging 248.7 yds per game through the air with a 165.0 QB rating. Lawrence has thrown for 88 TD's while tossing 16 interceptions in his collegiate career. He has run for 951 yds on 221 attempts. His touchdown percentage when attempting a pass is 8.1% and his interception rate is 1.5%.
Who will win tonight's Buckeyes/Tigers college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Buckeyes +7
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