The 2014 Orange Bowl

ohio state vs clemsonThe #12 ranked Clemson Tigers and #7 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will be facing each other in the 2014 Discover Orange bowl. The Tigers are coming off a 31-17 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Buckeyes are coming off a 34-24 loss to the Michigan State Spartans in the Big 10 championship game.

 

The Tigers are lead at quarterback by Tajh Boyd. Boyd has completed 252 of 373 passes for 3473 yards, 29 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Their leading rusher is Roderick McDowell. He has rushed for 956 yards and 5 touchdowns on 177 carries this season. Boyd’s favorite receiving target is Sammy Watkins. He has caught 85 passes for 1237 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Buckeyes are lead at quarterback by Braxton Miller. He has completed 146 of 231 passes for 1860 yards 22 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Their leading rusher is Carlos Hyde. He has rushed for 1408 yards and 14 touchdowns on 183 carries this season. Miller’s favorite receiving target is Philly Brown. He has caught 55 passes for 655 yards and 10 touchdowns.

 

Keys To The Game

For Clemson

1. Can they slow down Devin Smith. He has caught 42 passes for 655 yards and 8 touchdowns.
2. Can Roderick McDowell play like he did last game. He rushed for 111 yards and 1 touchdown.
3. Can they bounce back after losing to rival South Carolina.

For Ohio State

1. Can they bounce back after the disappointing loss in the Big 10 championship game.
2. Can Braxton Miller play like he did last game. He threw for 101 yards and 1 touchdown. He also rushed for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns.
3. Can they slow down Tajh Boyd when he runs? He has rushed for 273 yards and 9 touchdowns when running.

 

My Prediction

The Buckeyes score first on a 25 yard touchdown run from Braxton Miller. The Tigers come back and score a touchdown to tie the game at 7. The Buckeyes respond with a 15 yard touchdown run from Carlos Hyde to take a 14-7 lead. Clemson comes down and scores a field goal to make the score 14-10 going into the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd quarter the Buckeyes get another touchdown to extend their lead to 21-10. The Tigers come right back and score a touchdown to cut the lead back down to 4. The Buckeyes add a field goal right before the half ends to make it 24-17 going into halftime. The 3rd quarter starts with a 30 yard touchdown for the Buckeyes to extend their lead to 31-17. Clemson comes back and scores a touchdown to cut the lead to 31-24 going into the 4th quarter. In the 4th quarter the Buckeyes score a touchdown to get their lead back up to 14. The Tigers turn the ball over and the Buckeyes take advantage with a field goal to extend their lead to 17 with 5 minutes left. The Tigers score a touchdown but its not enough as the Buckeyes win the game.

Final Score

Ohio State: 41
Clemson: 31

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