Orange Bowl Picks: Clemson vs. Ohio State

Thursday, December 19, 2013 2:16 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 2:16 PM UTC

 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.

<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":252551, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p><b>Odds Overview</b></p> <p>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 game.</p> <p>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.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><i>Find all of the college football betting lines for the rest of the bowl season at <a target="_blank" title="Live NCAA Football Odds" href="/betting-odds/college-football/"></a>!</i></p> <p><b>Clemson Tigers</b></p> <p>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 target="_blank" title="Clemson Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks: NCAAF Picks" href="/college-football/free-picks/clemson-tigers-vs-south-carolina-gamecocks-ncaaf-picks-a-35350/">a huge showdown at South Carolina</a>, but wound up losing 31-17.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><img style="font-size:1em" src="/picks-pictures/CoW_OSU11-760851.jpg" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" />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.</p> <p><b>Ohio State Buckeyes</b></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Alas, Urban Meyer and his men had to settle for a 12-1 record and a subsequent invitation into the Orange Bowl.</p> <p>Like Clemson, Ohio State relies practically exclusively on Braxton Miller, only Miller has been even more threatening with his running ability than Boyd.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><em>Make sure to check out <a target="_blank" title="SBR Forum's NCAAF Bowl Contest" href="/college-football/free-picks/sbr-forum-s-ncaaf-bowl-contest-a-35479/">SBR's NCAAF Bowl Contest</a> and see how you can win $5000!</em></p> <p><b>College Football Pick</b></p> <p>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 quarterbacks.</p> <p>With that in mind, we may as well <a target="_blank" title="Free College Football Picks" href="/college-football/">recommend the OVER with our college football picks</a>. 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.</p> <p>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 Orange Bowl.</p> <p><b>College Football Bowl Pick: </b>OVER 68</p>
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