You're not going to want to miss this one. Two of the
country's premier quarterbacks in Braxton Miller and Tajh Boyd duke it out for
the Orange Bowl title.
Sun Life Stadium plays host to the Orange Bowl, with Ohio
State and Clemson set to do battle in what should be a highly entertaining
The college football odds show the Buckeyes favored by 2.5
points right now, with the O/U at an extremely high number of 68. Ohio State
comes in with a 6-6-1 ATS record, while Clemson went 6-6 against the spread.
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The end of the regular season left a bitter taste in the
mouths of the Tigers and their fans. They had won four in a row heading into a
huge showdown at South Carolina, but wound up losing 31-17.
With that defeat, Clemson finished at 10-2 on the year, with
their two losses coming to the Gamecocks and Florida State. You can't fault the
Tigers too much for those defeats.
If Clemson is to re-gain their pride come bowl time, it's
going to be because of the play of Tajh Boyd. What a year he's had.
Boyd has completed 67.6 percent of his passes this season –
he finished with 3473 passing yards in total to go along with 29 touchdown
throws and only five interceptions. He was also a threat with his legs, running
for 284 yards and nine more scores.
Elsewhere, running back Roderick McDowell (956 yards and
five TDs) will get his chances to contribute, while Boyd will look early and
often to his favorite three targets in Sammy Watkins, Adam Humphries and
Martavis Bryant. Watkins is the most dangerous by far though.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes controlled their own destiny heading into the
Big Ten championship game against Michigan State. A win would have given them
the chance to play in the BCS Championship, but Ohio State couldn't get it done
against the Spartans.
Alas, Urban Meyer and his men had to settle for a 12-1
record and a subsequent invitation into the Orange Bowl.
Like Clemson, Ohio State relies practically exclusively on
Braxton Miller, only Miller has been even more threatening with his running
ability than Boyd.
The junior, who's already declared that he'll return for his
senior season, had a phenomenal year. He had 22 touchdown passes against five
picks and ran for an amazing 1033 yards and 10 more TDs. Miller's freakish
athletic ability will definitely be on show come January 3rd.
Who else will the Tigers have to worry about? Carlos Hyde
has been the feature back and has averaged an impressive 7.7 yards per carry.
Philly Brown and Devin Smith have been the top two targets in the passing game,
having combined for 1,310 yards and 18 touchdown grabs.
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College Football Pick
In our book, this one is too close to call when making a
spread pick. Both offenses are formidable and are led by incredibly talented
With that in mind, we may as well recommend the OVER with
our college football picks. We don't think either of these defenses will be
able to handle Miller and Boyd's athleticism, leading to a lot of big-yardage
plays and a ton of points.
Folks, this O/U is this high for a reason. In the warm Miami
weather, we're expecting a shootout. Let's add the OVER to our picks for the
College Football Bowl Pick: OVER 68