The #2 overall Ohio State Buckeyes (13-0) head to Arizona this weekend to face the #3 overall Clemson Tigers (13-0) in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl. Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM EST on December 28th at State Farm Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Clemson is currently listed as a 2-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 63 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Fiesta Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Ohio State vs Clemson
Clemson finished the regular season 13-0 after crushing Virginia 62-17 in the ACC Championship game in early December. The Tigers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, racking up eight total touchdowns en route to a blowout victory. QB Trevor Lawrence was fantastic, going 16/22 for 302 passing yards and four touchdowns through the air. RB Travis Etienne led the way on the ground, rumbling for 114 yards and a touchdown. Tee Higgins also got in on the scoring parade, exploding for 182 receiving yards and three touchdowns on a team-high nine catches. Overall, Clemson averaged almost 47 points and 550 total yards of offense through their first 13 outings.
The Tigers were fantastic on the other side of the ball this year as well, giving up just over 10 points and 240 total yards of offense per game. Clemson was especially impressive defending against the pass, allowing less than 140 yards through the air on a weekly basis.
Ohio State was also perfect during the regular season, going 13-0 overall after an impressive 34-21 victory over #8 overall Wisconsin in the BIG 10 Championship Game. The Buckeyes fell behind 21-7 in the first half but came roaring back over the final two quarters of the game, outscoring the Badgers 27-0. QB Justin Fields went 19/31 for 299 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air while RB J.K. Dobbins torched the defense for 172 yards and a score on a game-high 33 carries. As a whole, Ohio State averaged 49 points and over 525 yards of total offense this year.
The Buckeyes were also exceptional defensively this year, limiting their opponents to under 13 points and 250 total yards of offense per game. Ohio State completely shut down opposing offenses on the ground, surrendering under 100 rushing yards per game.
2019 Fiesta Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: OVER 63
I really don’t have a strong lean with either side against the spread in this particular matchup, as this game could easily go either way. Both schools didn’t lose a single game during the regular season, going a combined 26-0. They were also extremely impressive against the spread as well, as Clemson went 10-3 ATS while Ohio State went 9-4 ATS. Therefore, the only play from the 2019 Fiesta Bowl I’m considering is the OVER on 63 total points scored in what should be an extremely competitive, back and forth affair.
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Both teams averaged well over 45 total points per game through their first 13 outings, which certainly bodes well for the chances of a shootout on Saturday evening. It is also important to note that the total has now gone OVER four out of Clemson’s last six games overall. The OVER has also come through in three consecutive games that the Tigers have played at a neutral site. On the other side, the OVER has hit in four out of the last five outings that Ohio State was an underdog prior to kickoff. The total has also gone OVER in five out of their last seven games away from Ohio Stadium. I’ll avoid throwing darts against an efficient spread in favor of the OVER on 63 total points scored in what should be an extremely exciting 2019 Fiesta Bowl.