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College Football Playoff: Ohio State vs. Clemson

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The Ohio State vs. Clemson 2016 Fiesta Bowl will bring the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the country head to head. OSU and Clemson will battle it out in order to get the chance to play for the National Championship against the winner of the Peach Bowl. Both of these teams have a strong offense and an equally strong defense, so it’s bound to be a classic game. However, even though Clemson has some incredible talent, OSU has been a little more consistent this season. For that reason, we are predicting a score of 31-28 with OSU taking the victory.

Ohio State vs. Clemson Score Prediction: Ohio State 31, Clemson 28

The 2016 College Football Playoff features a matchup in the Fiesta Bowl between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Clemson Tigers. The winner will earn the right to play for a National Championship against either Alabama or Washington, the winner of the Peach Bowl.

Ohio State (11-1) heads into the Fiesta Bowl the No. 2 team in the country, even though they didn’t play in the Big Ten Championship game this season. Clemson (12-1) won the ACC championship and only fell to Pittsburgh this season, earning the No. 3 spot in the playoff rankings.

Clemson has the right talent to beat Ohio State, but the Tigers have been a bit too inconsistent to match with the Buckeyes. OSU coach Urban Meyer has only two bowl losses — one to Clemson three years ago — but he always finds a way to elevate his teams when the games matter the most. 

The Tigers’ specialty is in the passing game while the Buckeyes are better at running the ball. Both teams have strong defenses, which should make for an heart-pounding Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State is fifth in the country, allowing opponents just 282 yards per game. Clemson finished ninth in the FBS in yards allowing 314 per game.

It’s a match-up of two strongly balanced teams. Clemson has the ability to stretch the field a bit more behind the arm of Deshaun Watson, but Ohio State’s more-balanced attack has the ability to score quickly, too.

The 2016 Fiesta Bowl is likely to be decided by the better defense, and Ohio State should be able to slow down Watson and Co. enough to earn a victory in a close game.

Our Fiesta Bowl score prediction is 31-28 in favor of The Ohio State University.

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