Clemson vs. Oklahoma - 12/31/15 College Football Orange Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) at Clemson Tigers (13-0)
College Football: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Sun Life Stadium)
The Line: Clemson Tigers +4 -- Over/Under: 65.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma Sooners and Clemson Tigers square off in a college football playoff game New Year’s Eve afternoon at Sun Life Stadium.
The Oklahoma Sooners are competing for an eighth national championship and first since the 2000 season. Baker Mayfield is completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 3,389 yards, 35 touchdowns and five interceptions. Mayfield has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Sterling Shepard and Dede Westbrook have combined for 1,875 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Durron Neal has 42 receptions. The Oklahoma Sooners ground game is averaging 235 yards per contest, and Samaje Perine leads the way with 1,291 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing 20.8 points and 350.7 yards per game. Dominique Alexander leads the Sooners with 91 tackles, Zack Sanchez has six interceptions and Eric Striker has 7.5 sacks.
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The Clemson Tigers are looking for their second national title and first since the 1981 season. Deshaun Watson is completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,512 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Watson has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Artavis Scott and Deon Cain have combined for 1,387 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Charone Peake has 40 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 222.1 yards per contest, and Wayne Gallman leads the way with 1,332 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 20.2 points and 295.7 yards per game. B.J. Goodson leads the Tigers with 91 tackles, Cordrea Tankersley has five interceptions and Shaq Lawson has 9.5 sacks.
The public has been pounding the hell out of the Oklahoma Sooners, as this line at one point was Clemson +1.5 points. Even with all of the money on one side it seems like, I have to side with the Sooners as well. Oklahoma has a better resume than Clemson, is more physical in the trenches and is more explosive/consistent on the offensive end. The Sooners just feel like that hot team that is catching fire at the right time, kind of like the Buckeyes last season.
I simply don't see Clemson winning this game.