Semi-finals: Fiesta Bowl
(2)Clemson vs. (3)Ohio State
(Favorite: Ohio State - 3 1/2)
Bbaver: Pick: Ohio State - I really think this game could go either way and will go down to the last drive of the game. The two teams have similar personalities, as they crank it up when their backs are against the wall. I think Dabo Swinney is the most underrated coach in CFB, but I'm not going against Urban. Bucks win a thriller
Cory: This is the game I didn't want to predict. I'm excited and frightened by this matchup at the same time. A rematch of the 2015 Sugar Bowl. A playoff game. A shot to play in the national championship game. Clemson has been playing with fire all season, yet the Tigers were only burned once in a loss to Pitt. Two-time Heisman finalist DeShaun Watson leads a dangerous Clemson offense, and it will be fun to see how well they match up against Ohio State's defense. As for the Buckeyes, the major concern is the offense. The line and the receivers have been too inconsistent recently and it does not inspire much confidence in Ohio State. When Ohio State made the playoff run two years ago the offensive line was impenetrable by the end of the season and the receivers made plays for Cardale Jones. I cannot say the same thing this year. Yes, the Buckeyes defense is terrific and that will keep them in the game, but ultimately I doubt Ohio State can score enough points to hang with the Tigers. Clemson 38, Ohio State 28
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Josh: This is probably the best bowl match up in terms of coaching, quarterbacks, and teams that have been inconsistent all year. Are we going to get the Buckeyes who dominated in Norman? or the Buckeyes who struggled to put Northwestern away. Also, what about Clemson? Will this be a Deshaun Watson who passed for 6 TD's against South Carolina, or a Watson who had costly turnovers that almost cost them the NC State game. I think both teams will be ready, but I like our secondary against the WR's for Clemson and our defense will be the difference in this game. Weber also will run for over 100 in this one. Buckeyes 35 - Clemson 31
Dr. Mark: OSU 38-35
PJSBuck: Depends on which offense shows up for OSU. I am a homer so I will go with Buckeyes by 3, perhaps even in OT. I think our DEFENSE will play lights-out to give Luke a great send off to UC. Is it too much to hope that we will get a new OC in addition to the new DC?????
Pia Pete: Clemson
Coach Rick: Ohio State
Steven: Experience vs. Talent… Coming into the year, Ohio State was the youngest team in terms of experience on the field. Their saving grace has been the steady hand of JT Barrett. As frustrating as he can be at times when he holds on to the ball too long, taking bad sacks or just letting his accuracy slip, Barrett has led this team. He is a tremendous leader and countless times has put this team on his back and by sheer force of will won games. Clemson has a similar leader in Deshaun Watson. Watson is an incredible talent and will test our secondary. In the end, I say experience wins. Not the experience OSU came into the season with, but the experience gained by this season. Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Nebraska, PSU and Michigan… I’d take that over FSU, Pitt, Auburn and Louisville any day. Barrett comes out a different man and Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel provide the fireworks. The D intercepts Watson for at least one Pick 6. OSU 30-24
Vaughn: Ohio State edges Clemson 30-27.
Final Score: Ohio State ?? Clemson ??