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No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State Preview, Predictions & How To Watch: Jan 1

No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State will meet in the College Football Playoff semifinals for the second successive year and you can watch the live coverage on Friday (1) on your Amazon Fire TV, Firesticks, or any streaming devices.

No. 2 Clemson (10-1) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (6-0) – Game time is 8 p.m. ET and ESPN will air the game live. WatchESPN and ESPN App will stream the contest. Get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream and enjoy the game.

Clemson Rules Ohio State In Series

These two teams met a year ago in the Fiesta Bowl with Clemson coming out on top 29-23. They also clashed in the same bowl in 2016 and the Tigers ran away with a comfortable 31-0 victory. The all-time series meeting between Ohio State and Clemson sees the Tigers holding a perfect 4-0 record.

Clemson vs. Ohio State CFP Preview Highlights

Atlantic Coast Conference champions Clemson is making its sixth straight CFP playoff appearance and has won titles in 2016 and 2018. Dabo Swinney team lost in the 2015 and 2019 championship games.

Ohio State, in the meantime, heads into its second consecutive playoff game and its fourth overall.

Heading into this New Year’s Day Allstate Sugar Bowl – CFP semifinal – Clemson (10-1) starts as the slight favorites again in the matchup and many believe the Tigers, who have played five more games than the Buckeyes (6-0) this season, will be too sharp for their opponents.

Could Be A Closer Battle

The ESPN Football Power Index is giving Clemson a 50.3% chance to win this encounter, while the betting line has the Tigers as 7-point favorites.

Heisman finalist quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to play a big part in this game for Clemson. The junior has so far completed 198 of 286 passes for 2,753 yards and 22 touchdowns with 4 interceptions. He’s also rushed for another 211 yards and seven TDs on the ground.

Running back Travis Etienne, receiver Amari Rodgers, defensive end Myles Murphy, and safety Nolan Turner are also among the highlighted standouts this season.

For Ohio State, quarterback Justin Fields will hope to get going, as the Buckeyes will need a big performance from him if they are going to beat Clemson.

Fields enters this battle throwing 119 of 164 completed passes for 1,521 yards, with 15 touchdowns and five picks through six games in this COVID-19 pandemic campaign.

Running backs Trey Sermon and Master Teague receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson and cornerback Shaun Wade are among the highlighted players coming into this showdown.

Clemson hammered Notre Dame 34-10 in the ACC championship game, while Ohio State got past Northwestern 22-10 in the Big Ten championships.

Brittney Berreth | Staff Writer
Brittney Berreth | Staff Writer
Brittney Berreth – A member on board who brings a lot of energy and fun within the work environment. Covers basketball, soccer, but has good eyes and energy for sports.
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