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Fiesta Bowl

The Ohio State Buckeyes are back in the Fiesta Bowl, only this time it's against the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff semifinal. The teams have had similar seasons – several statement wins, but many close calls. They are meeting in a bowl for the second time in four years, with Clemson having won a 40-35 shootout in the 2014 Orange Bowl.

Kickoff: Saturday, December 31 @ 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Additional Read: Clemson vs Ohio State Betting

2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Clemson-3
Ohio State+3
Over/Under59.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
TeamConf.SUATSOU
ClemsonACC12-16-77-6
Ohio StateBig Ten11-16-66-5-1

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Matchup

Led by quarterback J.T. Barrett, the Buckeyes are playing in their sixth Fiesta Bowl in the last 15 seasons, having gone 4-1. They were a controversial CFP pick since they didn't make the Big Ten title game, but own wins against Oklahoma, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Ohio State can score in bunches, as Mike Weber has rushed for 1,072 yards while Barrett (33 touchdowns accounted for) and Curtis Samuel (704 rushing, 822 receiving) fill out the Big Ten's strongest rushing attack. Barrett has a tidy 24-to-5 touchdown/interception ratio, but will be tested by a strong Clemson pass rush.

The Tigers have 46 sacks (second in the country) and DT Dexter Lawrence, DT Carlos Watkins and DE Christian Wilkins can also blow up running plays. However, the unit has had letdowns. They allowed 35 points against Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game and 43 against Pittsburgh in their lone defeat.

Clemson's Deshaun Watson averages a yard more per pass than Barrett and has tallied 3,914 yards and 37 TD passes. Watson thrives thanks to having a deep receiving corps: Mike Williams has 1,171 yards and 10 TDs while Jordan Leggett is a top NFL tight end prospect.

The downside of having so much receiving talent is the Tigers can get careless with ball security. Watson has thrown 15 interceptions and the Ohio State defense, led by safety Malik Hooker, has produced a ridiculous +16 giveaway/takeaway ratio.

It might be too late for Clemson to fix its turnover problems, but they can be tempered. There are also concerns about how well Clemson can run the ball against the Buckeyes and MLB Raekwon McMillan. Wayne Gallman hit 1,000 yards again, but has had six games where he was kept to fewer than 60.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Betting Trends
  • Ohio State is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games.
  • Ohio State is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The total has gone OVER in Ohio State's last three games against teams with winning records.
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in its last five games against the Big Ten.
  • Clemson is 1-5 ATS in its last six games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone OVER in Clemson's last four games.
  • Ohio State is 8-2 SU and 6-3-1 ATS in its last 10 games as a favorite of 4.0 or fewer points.
  • Clemson is 5-0 ATS in its last five games as the underdog.

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Fiesta Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Fiesta BowlFlorida24Nebraska62-3.5NEBRNEBR
1996Fiesta BowlPenn State38Texas15-1PENNSTPENNST
1997Fiesta BowlSyracuse18Kansas State35-4KAN.STKAN.ST
1998Fiesta BowlFlorida State16Tennessee23+5.5TENNTENN
1999Fiesta BowlTennessee21Nebraska31-3.5NEBRNEBR
2000Fiesta BowlNotre Dame9Oregon State41-3OREGSTOREGST
2001Fiesta BowlOregon38Colorado16-3OREGOREG
2002Fiesta BowlOhio State31Miami24-12OHIOSTOHIOST
2003Fiesta BowlKansas State28Ohio State35+6.5OHIOSTOHIOST
2004Fiesta BowlPittsburgh7Utah35-16UTAHUTAH
2005Fiesta BowlNotre Dame20Ohio State34-4.5OHIOSTOHIOST
2006Fiesta BowlBoise State43Oklahoma42-7BOISEBOISE
2007Fiesta BowlWest Virginia48Oklahoma28-6WESTVWESTV
2008Fiesta BowlOhio State21Texas24-9.5OHIOSTTEXAS
2009Fiesta BowlBoise State17TCU10-7BOISEBOISE
2010Fiesta BowlConnecticut20Oklahoma48-16OKLAOKLA
2011Fiesta BowlStanford38Oklahoma State41-5STANFOOKLAST
2012Fiesta BowlOregon35Kansas State17+8OREORE
2013Fiesta BowlUCF52Baylor42-6.5UCFUCF
2014Fiesta BowlBoise State38Arizona30-2.5Boise StateBoise State
2015Fiesta BowlNotre Dame28Ohio State44-4.5Ohio StateOhio State
2016Fiesta BowlOhio State-Clemson--3  
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