The Ohio State Buckeyes will battle the Clemson Tigers in this Sugar Bowl showdown. The Buckeyes are coming off of a great defensive win in the Big Ten title game. The Tigers will look to keep the offensive production going. Who will win this game? Read our Ohio State vs Clemson picks, find the best odds, lines, free bets, and legal US Sportsbooks where to place your bets!
When is Ohio State vs Clemson?
Date: Friday, Jan. 1
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, Louisiana
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Buckeyes vs Tigers Odds & Spreads
Moneyline: OSU: (+260) I CLEM: (-290)
Spread: OSU: +7.5 (-115) I CLEM: -7 (-115)
Total: Over: 66.5 (-105) I Under: 66.5 (-105)
Ohio State finished third in the college football rankings, 6-0 overall, and won the Big Ten conference championship. The Buckeyes have an above average offense and they rank fifth in rushing yards. They score around 43 points per game. The defense is slightly above average. It is strong in stopping the running game, but bad against the passing game. They give up around 21 points per game. In this short season, the Buckeyes have kept the points high and the defense has been pretty solid.
In the Big Ten title game, Ohio State beat Northwestern 22-10. The offense wasn’t productive as it usually is, but the defense put up a second half shutout. Quarterback Justin Fields went 12 of 27, for 114 yards, and 2 interceptions. Running back Trey Sermon did all the work, as he had 29 carries, for a total of 331 yards, and 2 touchdowns. They will need to limit the turnovers and get that passing game going again.
Clemson finished second in the college football rankings, 10-1 overall, and won the ACC championship. The Tigers have an above average offense and they rank seventh in passing yards. They score around 45 points per game. The defense is one of the best ones in college football and they are eighth in yards per play. They give up around 17 points per game. The Tigers have been in control all season. A few close games happened because quarterback Trevor Lawrence missed games because of Covid. Once he came back, the team was back on track.
In the ACC title game, Clemson beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 34-10. The Tigers ran away with this game in the second quarter. Lawrence went 25 of 36, for 322 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. They did very well in total yards and third down efficiency.
Head to Head
This will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Buckeyes and Tigers. Clemson leads the series with a 4-0 record. In the last three games, the over/under is 1-2. The Tigers score around 33 points and the Buckeyes are at 19. Clemson has a big edge in all the key areas. Ohio State turns the ball over a lot against Clemson.
Our Ohio State vs Clemson Picks & Predictions
The Sugar Bowl is here, and this will be a close, shootout type of game. Both of these teams stack up the points with ease. Clemson is the better team in the passing game and OSU is one of the best rushing teams around. The Buckeyes are good with time of possession and being productive on most of their drives. Fields is coming off a bad game and he will come back stronger for this game. Lately, both teams have been playing great defense, and this might mean that a medium scoring game will happen. The Tigers have more depth in the receiving game and the Buckeyes will run as much as possible. Clemson wins 34-30, but doesn’t cover the spread.