Last Updated on December 20, 2020
The College Football Playoff is finally set. Clemson will take on Ohio State in one semifinal while Notre Dame will try to upset Alabama in the other. The Crimson Tide are massive favorites over the Fighting Irish. However, the Clemson-Ohio State line is much closer. The Tigers are -7 against undefeated Ohio State.
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
No. 2 Clemson vs. No.3 Ohio State
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)
Jan. 1: 8 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App
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Although the spread is not as ridiculous as the Bama game, seven points is still a significant line. Remember, even though Ohio State is coming into this game with an unblemished record, they have not been battle-tested quite like Clemson. It’s also worth noting that Clemson’s lone loss on the season came in a game that Trevor Lawrence didn’t even play in.
Lawrence is the consensus No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft and he showed why in the ACC Championship against Notre Dame. He threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns. And even though Lawrence is known mostly for his arm, he ran the ball for 90 yards and a score. Simply put, Lawrence is almost impossible to stop.
Meanwhile, Ohio State had some trouble with Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship game. Ohio State was favored by 20+ points by early every sportsbook in that game, but they were trailing at halftime. The defense tightened up in the second half and paved the way for a 22-10 victory. With that said, it’s clear that Ohio State is vulnerable.
College Football Playoff Rematch
This game will be a rematch of last year’s Fiesta Bowl, a game in which Clemson won 29-23. The Tigers are hoping for more of the same this time around. Ohio State was able to put up more yards in that game, but Clemson took advantage of their opportunities. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields had a chance to win the game in the final minutes, but he threw a costly interception that sealed their fate.
Although the College Football Playoff committee will always catch heat for how things shake out, we’re happy to see this rematch.