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Fiesta Bowl Betting Odds & Preview: Ohio State vs. Clemson 12/31/16

No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State are set to collide in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal today at 7PM ET. Here’s a breakdown of this anticipated matchup.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Ohio State is the slight favorite entering this game, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -2 points against Clemson. The over/under total for the contest is set at 59 points. Ohio State opened as a 3-point favorite over the Tigers, but the spread slowly worked its way down to 2 points for tonight. The public is siding with Clemson for the game, as the Tigers are getting 59 percent of the wagers. These two meet tonight at 7PM ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

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Ohio State is the lone team in the playoffs without a conference title, as the Buckeyes went 11-1 on the season and didn’t qualify for the Big Ten Championship. Ohio State went 6-6 against the spread this year and 6-6 with the over/under total. Ohio State has a very dynamic offense that is averaging 42.7 points per game. They average 480 yards per game as well as J.T. Barrett has thrown for 2,428 yards and 24 touchdowns while also rushing for 847 yards. Mike Weber has added 1,072 rushing yards with nine scores while Curtis Samuel has run for 704 yards and caught 65 passes for 822 yards. Ohio State also has a very physical defense that is holding opponents to only 286 yards and 14.2 points per game.

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Clemson won the ACC Championship with a 42-35 win over Virginia Tech to get to 12-1 on the season. The Tigers are 6-7 against the spread this year and hit four straight overs entering the playoffs to get to 7-6 with the over on the season. Clemson also has a very impressive offense as it posts 40.2 points and 506 yards per game. They have a great aerial attack behind Deshaun Watson, who has thrown for 3,914 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also has run for 529 yards. Mike Williams has been his top target with 84 receptions for 1,171 yards and 10 touchdowns while Wayne Gallman has run for 1,002 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is good, but doesn’t quite have the numbers that Ohio State does. The Tigers are giving up 18.4 points and 313.9 yards per game this season. They had some letdowns, giving up 36 points to Louisville, 34 for Florida State, 43 to Pitt and 35 to Virginia Tech. Ohio State never allowed more than 24 points in any game in regulation.

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