COLUMBUS — Ohio State has waited 370 days for this rematch.
The Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson a year ago left a bad taste in the mouths of every member of the Buckeyes roster. Ohio State led 16-0 in the first half, struggled in the red zone, had a late fumble return for a touchdown overturned and a chance to win the game at the end.
Now, a year later, Ohio State gets the opportunity it wanted to avenge that loss. The Buckeyes and Tigers will face off in the bayou on New Year’s Day in the Sugar Bowl semifinal.
“The goal was to get back into this situation,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “We were in the same situation a year ago, and once that game was over, we wanted to get back here. How we got back here was just amazing. The journey that we’ve gone on as a program to get back to right here, to have another chance to play Clemson in this game, you can’t even make it up.
“Some of the best storytellers of all time couldn’t come up with this story.”
Ohio State enters as 6-0 Big Ten Conference champions and a rare touchdown underdog to 10-1 Clemson. The Buckeyes were 7-0 as an underdog since 2012 before their loss to Clemson last December.
“It’s the second year we’re playing them in a row,” Day said Monday. “And they’ve won two national championships here. I think it’s four of the last five years they’ve been in it. I think they won six ACC championships, if I’m correct. They’ve been right at the top of the game for almost a decade now. So they’re up there.
“And then when you look at where Ohio State has been in the Big Ten and playing in the CFP and our games against Clemson, if we continue to win, we’re probably going to run into Clemson or Alabama along the way. So rivalry? We’re not in the same conference. But certainly if we move on, we’re going to see these guys. It’s always great to get to this point and play against a great competitor like Clemson.”
Justin Fields threw for 320 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in last year’s semifinal. Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave combined for 97 receiving yards and a touchdown.
For anyone watching the game on TV or listening to the radio, Lettermen Row has all the viewing information that could possibly be needed to not miss a moment of the Buckeyes’ Sugar Bowl semifinal game.
Ohio State vs. Clemson game time, details
Clemson leads the all-time series 4-0. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence accounted for 366 total yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning 34-yard touchdown pass to Travis Etienne.
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- Date: Friday, Jan. 1
- Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Weather: 63 degrees and sunny (indoor game)
- The line: Clemson is a 7.5-point favorite, per VegasInsider
- Over/under: 67.5 points
What TV channel is Ohio State against Clemson on?
The Buckeyes and Tigers matchup will be televised on ESPN with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi on the call.
How can Ohio State against Clemson be watched online?
The game can be streamed online at ESPN.com.
What radio station carries the Buckeyes game?
Paul Keels, Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews will have the call on the Ohio State Sports Radio Network 97.1 FM (WBNS). A full list of radio affiliates can be found here.
Miss any Lettermen Row coverage so far this week?
- Buckeyes punch playoff ticket, earn desired rematch with Clemson
- Buckeyes expect Justin Fields will be ‘fine’ for Sugar Bowl
- Five Questions as Buckeyes get ready for rematch with Clemson
- Five Buckeyes who helped their cause in latest B1G title win
- What is testing positive, return-to-play process like for Buckeyes? ‘Awful’
- Big Ten-champ Buckeyes want revenge, get extra motivation from Dabo
- BuckIQ: Justin Hilliard leaving legacy, living proof of Ohio State culture
- After six long years, Justin Hilliard stamps legacy for Buckeyes
- High stakes, verbal jabs turning Clemson into heated rival
- Lathan Ransom emerging right on time for Buckeyes secondary
- BuckIQ: How elite defensive linemen are fueling Ohio State dominance
- Buckeyes making more sacrifices over holidays to compete for national title
- Five Buckeyes who need to be at their best in Sugar Bowl
- Underdog, revenge-minded Buckeyes have overflowing motivational tank
- Five Questions as Buckeyes prep for Clemson rematch in Sugar Bowl
- All year long, Buckeyes never stopped fighting for national-title opportunity