Winner Of Ohio State vs Clemson Really Clear, Says ESPN
The winner of Ohio State vs Clemson is really clear, says ESPN.
Coming into this season the Tigers were regarded as the overwhelming favorites to repeat as champions.
Trevor Lawrence was seen as a future Heisman winner, the defense was considered among college football’s best, and Dabo Swinney had just outcoached Nick Saban for a title.
Unfortunately, when the year actually began, all of the respect went away. Clemson did not lose a single game along the way, but they were continually demoted in the polls.
Ultimately the Tigers finished the year at No. 3, but still in the College Football Playoff.
Ohio State, meanwhile, entered the year being underestimated. The departure of Urban Meyer was supposed to hit the program hard – but it didn’t.
The Buckeyes never missed a beat and completely ran through the entire Big Ten all season long. For their efforts, they got the No. 2 spot in the College Football Playoff.
So who will ultimately win the No. 2 vs No. 3 showdown?
Recently, ESPN college football insider Kirk Herbstreit took a close look at the looming match-up.
He believes this one will come down to a battle between Ohio State’s secondary and Clemson’s wide receivers.
Will Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross be able to outplay the Buckeyse defense? That will likely to determine the game.
“Jeff Okudah is the top corner in college football,” Herbstreit said.
“He is 6-1 and over 200 pounds and has tremendous length. You are going to see Jeffery Okudah, Damon Arnette and Sean Wade, three outstanding corners against Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross.
“They are 6-4 and 6-5. That is a great matchup and is kind of a game within a game, those corners against those receivers from Clemson.”
Higgins is Clemson’s leader in receiving yards and touchdowns with 1,082 yards and 13 scores. Ross, meanwhile, leads the team in catches with 55 total.
Will Ohio State ultimately be able to slow these guys down? Time will tell.