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Orange Bowl Betting: Clemson Tigers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Time: 8:30 PM EST Friday January 3, 2014, ESPN

The Clemson Tigers face the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens Florida.

In their last games of the season Clemson lost to the South Carolina Gamecoks 31-17 on the road as a 2.5 point underdog. Ohio State lost to the Michigan State Spartans 34-24 on the road as a 5.5 point favorite. The loss cost the Buckeyes a chance to play in the BCS title game and snapped their 24 game winning streak.

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Clemson QB Tajh Boyd leads a great passing offense, 12th in the country and will face an Ohio State pass defense that only ranks 105th in the nation, surrendering an average of 260 yards per game through the air.

Ohio State is ranked 4th in the nation and has the 3rd ranked rushing offense with 2 players with at least 1,000 rushing yards.

Clemson run defense is ranks 50th in the nation and will have to step up their game if they are going to have any chance at beating the Buckeyes.

Both of Clemson’s losses this season came against teams that are currently ranked in the top 10, Floirda State(1) and South Carolina(8).

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Ohio State -3
Over/Under Total Line: 69
Moneyline: Clemson +115 / Ohio State -135

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

Clemson Tigers: 10-2 SU 6-6 ATS
Ohio State Buckeyes: 12-1 SU 6-6-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends

  • CLEM is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 bowl games.
  • CLEM is 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
  • CLEM has an Under record of 7-2 in their last 9 Bowl games.
  • OSU is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
  • OSU is 15-7 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games.
  • OSU has an Over record of 6-2 in their last 8 games overall.

Sagarin Power Rankings

Clemson Tigers: 86.61
Ohio State Buckeyes: 87.89

Key Player Injuries


[DE] 12/30/2013 – Kevin Dodd Ques Friday (Toe)
[S] 12/30/2013 – Travis Blanks Ques Friday (Knee)
[RB] 12/30/2013 – C.J. Davidson Ques Friday (Knee)
[T] 12/17/2013 – Carlos Watkins Out for season (Leg)
[LB] 12/17/2013 – Kellen Jones Out for season (Knee)
[RB] 12/17/2013 – Tyshon Dye Out for season (Back)
[LB] 12/17/2013 – Scott Pagano Out for season (Knee)
[OL] 11/14/2013 – Patrick DeStefano Out for season (Neck)
[DB] 10/03/2013 – Mackensie Alexander Out indefinitely (Groin)
[WR] 09/12/2013 – Charone Peake Out for season (Knee)


[DE] 12/30/2013 – Tyquan Lewis Ques Friday (Undisclosed)
[DL] 12/17/2013 – Michael Hill Out for season (Shoulder)
[S] 12/17/2013 – Devan Bogard Out for season (Knee)
[S] 9/30/2013 – Christian Bryant Out for season (Ankle)
[WR] 09/23/2013 – James Clark Out for season (Leg)
[TE] 08/17/2013 – Blake Thomas Out for season (Neck)
[CB] 08/16/2013 – Adam Griffin Out for season (Shoulder)
[DB] 08/16/2013 – Jamie Wood Out for season (Shoulder)

Point Spread Betting Pick

Clemson did get smoked 51 -14 by Florida State and while we are not going to blame it all on the injuries, the fact does remain that they were beat up and logically would have provided the Seminoles with a tougher test if they were healthy. The only other loss on the Tigers schedule was versus South Carolina a team that did not beat them. They best themselves in that game finishing with a -6 in turnover margin. Ohio State is a good team, but nowhere near as good as Florida State who just crushed teams or even the Gamecocks in our opinion. The Buckeyes defense has been a problem all season, but was masked to a certain extent by their strong pass rush which had 4 players finish in the league’s top 10 in sacks. On paper that took a big hit with team sack leader Noah Spence possibly out for this game. Ohio State has allowed 420 yards or greater in 4 straight games and gave up a un-bowl worthy total of 75 points in their last two. If Clemson can protect QB Tajh Boyd this could get ugly.
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