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Buckeyes open as slim Fiesta Bowl favorite over Clemson

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Ohio State learned who it will play in the College Football Playoff. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes open as slim Fiesta Bowl favorite over Clemson

COLUMBUS — Ohio State didn’t leave any doubt for the College Football Playoff committee this year.

After a perfect 13-0 regular season and a come-from-behind win in the Big Ten championship game, the Buckeyes already knew they were headed to the playoff before the selection show. Now, they know their opponent, the No. 3 Clemson Tigers.

The oddsmakers acted quickly after the playoff pairings were announced. Ohio State will head to the Playstation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, as a 1-point favorite against Clemson, according to Las Vegas Superbook.

Ohio State has been favored in every game this season.

Ohio State had rolled through its first 10 games before facing adversity against Penn State, a small amount in the rivalry against Michigan and then again in the Big Ten title game, when the Buckeyes trailed at half before storming back to beat a ranked opponent by double-digits in three straight weeks.

“It’s definitely a good game for the nation to see when we get tested, how we handle adversity,” Buckeyes superstar defensive end Chase Young said after the Big Ten title win. “I feel like as you see today, we handle adversity pretty well. So I feel like that’s a big part of playing this game.”

The Buckeyes would certainly love to blow every opponent out. And a two-score win over a top-10 Wisconsin team is never a bad thing. But the adversity may prove to be a blessing in disguise as the College Football Playoff comes on Dec. 28.

As long as Ohio State wins, it doesn’t care at all about spreads, totals and Las Vegas lines made for sharks. And now the Buckeyes know where they’ll go and who they need to beat to win a national title.

After failing to cover the spread against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes dropped to 9-4 against the number this season. They also failed to cover in the season opener against Florida Atlantic, the road game against Rutgers and the home win over Penn State. Clemson is 10-3 this season against the spread.

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Kid Buckeye
Kid Buckeye

I like the match up with our WRS against their CBs. Will our defense hold them enough is the question.

Ronald Miller
Ronald Miller

Clemson, tOSU and LSU would all beat OU. LSU could beat Clemson. OSU could beat LSU (1-1-1 all time record). We’ve got TTUNs number, Clemson has ours (0-3). Surprised we’re not getting points.

Brian yakata
Brian yakata

Different time different Day. If we can run on clemson we can beat them. Defense will show up. Just my opinion.

J Bender
J Bender

They expect the larger Alumni to bet on their team without giving their team points. Used to narrow the margin from the early line with Browns fans when I was young, especially when they played the Steelers. Usually about 3 to 4 points. If Bucks fans bet as expected, the Bucks will be giving a field goal by game time if the fans will tolerate it.

Brian yakata
Brian yakata

Oline needs to grind the meat. When we do that the defense comes out blazing. Get a head and meet at the qb.

Meatchicken Sux
Meatchicken Sux

Dabo is getting the IV’s ready to pump up his players full of some exotic PED’s.

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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