Ohio State vs. Clemson Fiesta Bowl: Time, TV schedule, game preview
One-half of the College Football Playoff National Championship will be determined when No. 3 Ohio State takes on No. 2 Clemson in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl. Both teams have suffered just one loss this season.
Television: The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 7 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, Dec. 31. You can livestream the game on Watch ESPN.
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J.T. Barrett has done it all for Ohio State this season. He’s thrown for 2,428 yards, 25 touchdowns and five interceptions and is the team’s No. 2 rusher with 847 yards and nine touchdowns.
Deshaun Watson threw for 3,914 yards, 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions this season for Clemson. He was also the team’s second-leading rusher with 529 yards and six scores.
Ohio State has rushed for 3,100 yards (5.5 average) and 33 touchdowns this season.
The Buckeyes have never beaten Clemson; the most recent matchup was a 40-35 Clemson win in 2014.
Ohio State has won five straight games since its only loss this season -- 24-21 to Penn State on Oct. 22.
Clemson’s only loss this season came to Pittsburgh on a last-second Chris Blewitt field goal on Nov. 12.
Ohio State is in search of its fifth straight season with at least 12 wins.
The Buckeyes have won eight National Championships; Clemson has won just one.
This is the second year in a row that Ohio State is playing in the Fiesta Bowl; in the 45-year history of the game, the Buckeyes are 5-2 in Fiesta Bowls.
This is Clemson’s first-ever Fiesta Bowl appearance.
The Tigers have won double-digit games in each of the last six seasons.
This is Clemson’s 12th straight season playing in a bowl game; it is 6-6 in its previous 12 bowl games (including last season’s National Championship loss to Alabama).
Clemson defensive tackle Scott Pagano is questionable with a foot injury.
Tigers defensive end Richard Yeargin is questionable with a knee injury.