Capital One Orange Bowl - Clemson Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners - 12/31/15 College Football 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 +1.5 -- Over/Under: 65 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma Sooners will play the Clemson Tigers in the Capital One Orange Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal.
The Clemson Tigers were 13-0 this season and beat North Carolina in the ACC Conference Championship Game by a score of 45-37. The Clemson offense is averaging 38.5 points per game with 288.5 passing yards per game and 222.2 rushing yards per game. Deshaun Watson is the Clemson quarterback who is completing 69.5% of his passes for 3512 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Watson also has 887 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for Clemson. Wayne Gallman has 1332 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns for the Tigers. Artavis Scott has 805 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Deon Cain has 582 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for Clemson. The Clemson defense is giving up 20.2 points per game with 166.9 passing yards per game and 128.8 rushing yards per game. B.J. Goodson has 91 tackles, Shaq Lawson has 9.5 sacks, and Cordrea Tankersley has 5 interceptions for Clemson. Clemson is -2 in turnover margin this season.
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The Oklahoma Sooners were 11-1 this season and finished as Big 12 Conference Champions. The Oklahoma offense is averaging 45.8 points per game with 307.9 passing yards per game and 235 rushing yards per game. Baker Mayfield is the Oklahoma quarterback who is completing 68.6% of his passes for 3389 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. Mayfield also has 420 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for Oklahoma. Samaje Perine has 1291 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns for the Sooners. Sterling Shepard has 1201 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, while Dede Westbrook has 674 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for Oklahoma. The Oklahoma defense is giving up 20.8 points per game with 201.5 passing yards per game and 149.2 rushing yards per game. Dominique Alexander has 91 tackles, Eric Striker has 7.5 sacks, and Jordan Thomas has 5 interceptions for Oklahoma. Oklahoma is +10 in turnover margin this season.
This is the first semifinal of the 2015 College Football Playoff. Oklahoma had a very good season, with the exception of the loss to Texas where they clearly played their worst game of the season. Oklahoma finished the season on a 7 game win streak, where they scored at least 40 points in 6 of those games. Oklahoma’s offense looked very good this season, but it is tough to know just how good they are after playing in a very poor defensive conference. Oklahoma did have a good defensive year, allowing just over 20 points per game. Clemson is looking to stay undefeated after winning their first 13 games of the season. Clemson’s offense is also very strong, scoring at least 34 points in 9 of their games. Defensively, Clemson also allows just over 20 points per game. I think this game will be high scoring, with two great quarterbacks facing off. I really like this Oklahoma team and I am picking them to win this game.