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The Buckeyes and Tigers will meet in a College Football Playoff semifinal for the third time
It's almost seems as if matchups between No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State in the postseason are the newest college football tradition rivaled by only the bowl games themselves. Monday's College Football Playoff semifinal at the CFP Championship in New Orleans will be the fifth time these two programs have met, and all five contests will have taken place in bowl games.
The first came back in the 1978 Gator Bowl when the Tigers beat the Buckeyes 17-15. It would be 36 years before they met again when they squared off in the 2114 Orange Bowl, but this year's game will mark the fourth meeting in the last seven years and the third time in a College Football Playoff game. Of course, while the stakes have changed, the results have been the same.
Both of these teams have been among the best in the country all season, even with Ohio State playing just six games. Clemson's lone slip up came in double overtime on the road to No. 4 Notre Dame without quarterback Trevor Lawrence and a few other key players. Ohio State went a perfect 6-0 despite a couple close calls against Indiana and Northwestern. So who win's this showdown in New Orleans? Let's take a closer look at the storylines and matchups to follow below.
Game: CFP Championship -- College Football Playoff semifinal
Date: Monday, Jan. 11 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome -- New Orleans, Louisiana
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Clemson: The Clemson program has reached a point where you almost feel like you can ignore it during the regular season because you know it's going to win the ACC and make the College Football Playoff. Well, there was a little bit of doubt this year due to Notre Dame's presence in the conference, but even when the Fighting Irish beat Clemson 47-40, you still thought they would have to do it a second time. That meeting went much better for the Tigers as they beat the Irish 34-10 with Trevor Lawrence back behind center. Now they're back in the playoff for the sixth time (tied with Alabama for the most appearances) in its seven-year history and are looking to win their seventh playoff game. Doing so would put the Tigers in the title game for the fifth time.
Ohio State: It was a strange season for Ohio State, even by the strange standards of college football in 2021 as a whole. First, the Buckeyes had their season postponed by the Big Ten, only for the conference to do a 180 on the decision. Then after getting off to a hot start, the Buckeyes' season was delayed again when their game against Maryland was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns with the Terrapins. They came back and struggled against a top 10 Indiana team but won. The next week their game against Illinois was canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the Buckeyes. Again they returned for a game -- a 52-12 blowout of Michigan State -- before the regular-season finale against Michigan was canceled due to COVID-19. It was a stop and start season that made it difficult for the Buckeyes to get into a rhythm. Now they enter the playoff having played only six games and facing a Clemson team that's been a pain in their rear.
CFP Championship prediction, pick
Clemson Tigers -7
I'm not sure why Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has been so willing to provide Ohio State with bulletin board material the last few weeks, but he's not shy about it. Swinney is adamant about his belief that Ohio State shouldn't have been selected for the College Football Playoff because it only played six games. Now, we all know that if had it been Clemson who had been limited to only six games, Swinney would not be arguing his team didn't belong. Still, it doesn't mean he's wrong. It is advantageous for the Buckeyes to only have to play six games, but I don't think it's enough of an advantage that they win this game. When Clemson has Lawrence, it has looked like the juggernaut we all expected it to be. Ohio State looked terrific in its first three games but has been inconsistent since with Justin Fields especially struggling to find his confidence. Unless Fields reverts to his elite form, it's hard to imagine the Buckeyes keeping this game within a touchdown. Pick: Clemson -7.5 | Clemson 31, Ohio State 21
The CFP Championship hosts the nightcap in the College Football Playoff semifinal lineup, featuring No. 2-seed Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State.
These same two teams also met in the semifinals last season at the Fiesta Bowl, with the Tigers prevailing 29-23. The experience will not be new for either program, as Clemson is making its sixth consecutive appearance while the Buckeyes will be in their fourth playoff overall. Ohio State’s pedigree clearly carried some weight with the selection committee, as the Buckeyes were slotted into the three spot despite being only able to get in six games this year because of COVID-19 disruptions.
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The CFP Championship is getting back to Crescent City on New Year’s Day, and it’s bragging about a matchup between two noteworthy school football programs: the Clemson Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes!
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The two unbelievable groups are going head to head against one another on January 1, 2021, covering off their energizing 2021 season and offering them a possibility at dominating one final match. Tickets for the climactic confrontation are marked down now, yet with two stalwart fanbases, who knows how long the best sets will last.
Here we go! Months of college football action all come down to this: Ohio State vs. Clemson. The Buckeyes enter tonight’s matchup with an immaculate 13-0 record, last defeating Penn State, Michigan, and Wisconsin to clinch the Big Ten Championship.
The defending champs are also undefeated, winning the ACC after trouncing Virginia by over 40 points. Which team will advance to the CFP National Championship game? We’re about to find out