Orange Bowl Betting Odds - Point Spread Pick
Point Spread: Ohio State -2.5
Money Line: Clemson +145 Ohio State -155
Clemson made an early splash this season with an impressive 38-35 opening day victory over then-No. 5 Georgia as a 1.5-point home underdog. The Tigers climbed all the way to No. 3 in the nation before getting stomped by Florida State 51-14 on Oct. 19 as five-point underdogs at home. As a 2.5-point road underdog, they ended the season with an ugly 31-17 loss to rival South Carolina to finish 10-2 straight-up on the year. Clemson was an even 6-6 against the spread and the total went OVER in seven of the 12 games.
If the Tigers are going to go out on a winning note it will need one more big night from quarterback Tajh Boyd. He led an 11th-ranked passing attack with 3,473 yards and 29 touchdown throws while adding another 273 yards and nine scores on the ground. The offense also did a good job running the ball and this balanced combination helped account for 40.2 points a game, which was the 10th-highest total in the nation. Clemson's defense did its part by holding teams to 21.1 points a game.
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Ohio State picked-up where it left off after last season's 12-0 SU mark with a perfect run through all 12 regular season games this year. All the Buckeyes needed to earn a spot in the BCS title game was one more victory in the Big Ten title game, but it was not meant to be. The 34-24 loss to Michigan State as 5.5-point favorites dropped them all the way to No. 7 in the BCS rankings with strength of schedule weighing heavily against their favor. Ohio State went 7-6 ATS and the total went OVER in nine of the 13 games.
Braxton Miller passed for just 1,860 yards but he did have 22 touchdowns throws on the year. He made a bigger impact on the ground with 1,033 yards on 153 carries to complement Carlos Hyde's 1,408 rushing yards. This deadly combination had the Buckeyes ranked third in the nation in rushing with an average of 317.5 yards a game. Ohio State was ranked fourth in scoring with 46.3 points and it held teams to an average of 21.3 points on defense.
Clemson Tigers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Trends
The Tigers are 2-3 ATS in their last five road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in eight if their last 11 neutral site games.
The Buckeyes are 23-8-1 ATS in their last 32 games following a SU loss and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 nonconference games. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games played at a neutral site.
This will be the first meeting between these two teams in recent memory. The Tigers come into this matchup with a 2-6 record ATS in their last eight bowl games and the total has stayed UNDER in seven of their last nine trips to a bowl. The total has stayed UNDER in Ohio State's last four bowl games.
Orange Bowl Point Spread Pick
This should be a great matchup between two teams looking to post a signature victory to follow-up a very disappointing loss. It should remain tight through all four quarters, but in the end, stick with the Buckeyes to come out on top with the half point on the current spread falling in their favor.