The #2 Ohio State Buckeyes (13-0) finished first in the Big 10 with a 9-0 conference mark. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten East finishing two games ahead of the second-place Penn State Nittany Lions. OSU beat #8 Wisconsin, who came in first in the West, 34-21 to win the Big Ten Championship. The #3 Clemson Tigers (13-0) recorded an 8-0 ACC record. The Tigers won the Atlantic Division by three games over the Louisville Cardinals. Then They met the Virginia Cavaliers, the winners of the Coastal Division with a 6-2 mark, for the ACC title. Clemson annihilated the Cavaliers 62-17 to take the championship.
2019 Ohio State vs Clemson Pick – Regular Season
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Clemson Tigers – Stats
On defense, both teams are stalwart. OSU is allowing opponents 12.5 PPG. Clemson is giving up just 10.6 PPG. Ohio State is holding opponents to 247.6 total YPG. That total includes 99.5 ground yards and 148.1 air yards. Clemson is giving up 244.7 YPG, which includes 138.5 passing YPG and 106.2 rushing YPG.
Ohio State at Clemson – Players
OSU is exceptionally solid on both sides of the ball. At the same time, the Tigers are a very fine team. We find that the Buckeyes are deeper and a bit better than Clemson. Also, this season, Ohio State seems to be able to meet any challenge.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Our 2019 Ohio State vs Clemson pick notes that OSU’s has impressive defensive stats. They come to this semifinal game with 51 sacks, 15 picks, 54 PD, and 13 FF. The D has recovered 10 fumbles. They’ve scored one TD. DE Chase Young is a top player with 16.5 sacks and three PD. Also, corner Jeff Okuhda has accumulated three INTs, seven PD, and two FF, while LB Malik Harrison comes to this game with 69 total tackles and 4.5 sacks.
Clemson’s defensive numbers are solid, but not as impressive as OSU’s. The Tigers have 37 sacks, 17 INTs, and 45 PD. They also have eight forced and recovered fumbles. The defense has scored three times. LB Isaiah Simmons leads the team with 58 solo tackles and 93 total bring downs. He’s also defended six passes and grabbed two picks. Safety Tanner Muse has four picks and three PD.
Five Keys to the Game
In creating our 2019 Ohio State vs Clemson pick, we find the following are keys to this contest:
- Will defenses hold up?
- Both offenses are dynamic
- OSU QB Fields can overwhelm defenses
- Tigers’ deep rushing unit can eat up yards and defenses
- Ohio State’s pass rush and secondary are impressive
Our 2019 Ohio State vs Clemson Pick
Our 2019 Ohio State vs Clemson pick sees that this contest can go one of two ways. As a note, both defenses perform at a high level and keep the offenses in check or the offenses overwhelm the defenses. We think that the latter will happen. As a result, that means we’re taking the over at 62.0. Also, we think that OSU comes to this game with a better offense and defense than Clemson. Thus, we’re going with Ohio State at +2.0. Both teams are undefeated going into this game. At the end of the game, only one club will still have a perfect record.