2014 Discover Orange Bowl Odds & Point Spread: Clemson vs. Ohio State Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Friday, 03 January 2014 15:30
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MIAMI, FL (The Spread) – No. 7 Ohio State looks to pick up a big win for the Big Ten when the Buckeyes meet No. 12 Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl at 8:30PM ET on ESPN.

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Ohio State is 12-1 on the season, 6-6-1 against the spread while hitting the over 9 times. Clemson is 10-2 overall, 6-6 against the spread and hit the over 7 times.

Trends show that Clemson is just 2-6 against the spread in its last 8 bowl games and 1-5 ATS in its last 6 against a team with a winning record. Ohio State is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 non-conference games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Ohio State is the favorite in this game, as the Buckeyes have odds of -3 points against Clemson. The over/under total for the game has been set at 69.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Ohio State favored by 4 points. The spread fell to 2 points before pushing back to 3 points. The over/under total opened at 67 points and then slowly climbed up to 69.5.

Ohio State is coming off a 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game. The loss ended a perfect season for the Buckeyes and a chance to compete for a national title. It was also the first loss for Urban Meyer as head coach of the team. Ohio State is averaging 46.3 points and 518.4 yards per game on offense this year, while the defense is giving up just 21.3 points per game. Braxton Miller has thrown for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns this year while rushing for 1,033 yards and 10 scores. Carlos Hyde has added 1,408 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.

Clemson is coming off a 31-17 loss to rival South Carolina. The Tigers ended up going 7-1 in ACC play this year, with the lone loss coming to Florida State. Clemson is averaging 40.2 points and 502 yards per game this season, while the defense is allowing only 21.1 points per game. Tajh Boyd has thrown for 3,473 yards and 29 touchdowns while also rushing for nine touchdowns to lead the offense, while Roderick McDowell has rushed for 956 yards and five scores. Sammy Watkins has added 85 receptions for 1,237 yards and 10 scores.

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In terms of Injuries, Ohio State defensive lineman Noah Spence has been suspended while cornerback Bradley Roby (knee) is questionable. Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd (toe) and safety Travis Blanks (knee) is questionable.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Ohio State, as the Buckeyes are getting 66% of the wagers with odds of -3 points against Clemson on Friday night.

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