OSU, Clemson players: Rematch will seemingly be varied

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  • Andrea AdelsonESPN Senior Creator


    • ACC reporter.
    • Joined ESPN.com in 2010.
    • Graduate of the University of Florida.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — No person has forgotten what took place the last timeClemsonandOhio Adviseplayed in the College Football Playoff semifinals at thePsFiesta Bowl.

Even players who were now not on the roster at the time.

No. 3 seed Clemson beat No. 2 seed Ohio Advise 31-0 en path to the nationwide championship in 2016. Three years later, the teams enter their sport Saturday with the identical seeds, making for any easy storyline to query main into their matchup.

“The last time we played Clemson, they fully embarrassed Ohio Advise and the converse of Ohio,” acknowledged Ohio Advise receiverChris Olave, who was a junior in excessive college in 2016. “It was tough for us at that moment. We brought it up in the capacity as soon as or twice, however we have not actually talked about it. Right here is 2019 appropriate now, and they’re peaceable actually appropriate. Now we must always exit there and strive to beat them.”

Both Ohio Advise and Clemson players and coaches masks the dramatic differences in the Buckeyes going into this sport when compared with 2016, starting with their offense.

“I actually feel love they’re an even bigger team total,” Clemson safetyK’Von Wallaceacknowledged. “I actually feel love they’re deep. They do now not dangle that one particular individual that can correct abolish you. They’ve bought lots of different folks that can abolish you. It’s doubtless you’ll perchance perchance need bought to be ready for all the pieces they attain. They do now not dangle a weakness. I actually feel love in ’16, they’d relatively little bit of a weakness with some applications they were doing and we exploited it and that’s the reason why we came out 31-0.

“Nonetheless this twelve months we must always bring it. We’re now not procuring for no shutout. We’re hoping we’ll preserve it shut in the fourth quarter and plot out with the dangle shut.”

The addition ofJustin Fieldshas made Ohio Advise dramatically improved, starting with their downfield passing sport, which was undoubtedly nonexistent the last time these teams played. Ohio Advise quarterbackJ.T. Barrettthrew for 127 yards in the 31-0 loss. Going into this sport, Fields is averaging 227 yards passing per sport.

Combine his capacity to bustle, plus the dimensionJ.K. Dobbinsbrings to the running sport, and Ohio Advise is a vastly improved team. The addition of Ryan Day to the Buckeyes’ coaching team, first as a co-offensive coordinator in 2017 before taking on as head coach this twelve months, has also made the offense extra balanced.

“When you investigate cross-check support, they were extra one-dimensional in 2016,” Clemson safetyTanner Museacknowledged. “Now they’re so appropriate at all the pieces — bustle sport, traipse sport, brief sport, long sport, all of it. It be tough.

“It’s doubtless you’ll perchance perchance need bought to forestall the bustle; all the pieces comes with the bustle, so whenever you happen to can stop the bustle and accomplish teams one-dimensional, it helps you out relatively bit. Nonetheless they’re so appropriate at passing the ball, it be tough to dangle shut one factor away.”

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables pointed to Ohio Advise’s success on third down as a main distinction as properly. The Buckeyes lead the nation in third-down offense, converting 57 percent of the time.

Defensively, Ohio Advise is a varied team all the perfect design by the board, too, with distinction makers loveTrot YoungandJeff Okudahmain the manner. Whether that methodology there will seemingly be a varied result stays to be viewed.

“It be two varied teams,” Ohio Advise cornerbackDamon Arnetteacknowledged. “Fully varied players. They bought us [in the last matchup], however in the event that they’re taking a investigate cross-check in the past, then that’s now not going to be appropriate for the long bustle. There is nothing we’ll attain about that discover, however there is one thing we’ll positively attain about it this Saturday.”



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