The Orange Bowl kicks off on Friday night in south Florida between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Clemson Tigers.
No. 7 ranked Ohio State experienced one of its toughest losses in the history of its football program when Michigan State shocked them to win the Big Ten Championship.
The Buckeyes were 5.5-point favorites over the Spartans and lost 34-24 to end their chance of taking on Florida State in the BCS National Championship game.
Ohio State is 12-1 SU and 6-6-1 ATS, but is 0-4 ATS over its past four games played.
Urban Meyer the head coach for Ohio State has a record of 128-24 in this career including winning two national championships with Florida. Prior to the loss to Michigan State, Meyer was 24-0 with the Buckeyes. It will be hard for the Buckeyes to bounce back from that loss.
Meyer did not coach in a bowl last season, as the Buckeyes were banned, but in his career as a coach Meyers is 7-1 AU as well as ATS.
The Tigers are 10-2 SU and 6-6 ATS. Clemson started the season 6-0 and had national title hopes as well. However, the Tigers were embarrassed against Florida State at home 51-14 and lost to South Carolina.
The total points on Bovada are sitting at 70.5 and for good reason. The Buckeyes average 46 points per game, while the Tigers score 40 per game. Both are in the top 10 in the nation in that category.
On most books including topbet, sportsbook.com and betonline, the line is currently -3 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes opened at -5, but money for Clemson quickly lowered it to its current 3.
Ohio State has the No. 3 rushing offense in the nation thanks to Carlos Hyde who has 1,408 yards and Braxton Miller their dual threat a quarterback who has 1,033 yards.
The Buckeyes should be able to pound the ball against Clemson, which has a must smaller defensive line than Ohio State’s offense.
Miller will be a dual threat on the ground and through the air that Clemson must contain or he can turn the game around by himself in minutes.
Clemson is ranked No. 11 in the nation in passing offense averaging 329 yards per game. Tajh Boyd the team’s senior quarterback is one of the best in the nation. His favorite receiver is Sammy Watkins who had over 1,235 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.
Motivation could be a problem for Ohio State in this matchup after losing to Michigan State. It appears that same thing happened to Alabama in their loss on Thursday in the Sugar Bowl to Oklahoma.
Nevertheless, I am leaning toward the Buckeyes and this and definitely taking the OVER.