ESPN analysts predict winner of Clemson-OSU

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#2 Clemson will play #3 Ohio State in the college football playoff semifinal matchup in the 2016 Playstation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31 on ESPN.

ESPN analysts Jonathan Vilma, Ed Cunningham, and Danny Kannell were on ESPN's Bowl Mania prediction show and projected their winners between Clemson and Ohio State.

"I'm taking Clemson, but Ohio State could just as easily win this game," Vilma said. "My confidence is 11 (out of 11) because that's how much I respect Ohio State, that defense, and J.T. Barrett. Clemson in a nail-biter."

College football commentator Ed Cunningham picked against the Tigers.

"I'm going the other way," Cunningham said. "I'm going Ohio State; I just feel like Clemson they're hanging on by their fingernails. I just think that's going to fall apart against Ohio State."

Danny Kannell disagreed with Cunningham and picked Clemson to beat Ohio State with a strong performance by Deshaun Watson.

"I know Vegas has Ohio State as a three-point favorite, but it feels like a pick-em game," Kanell said. "Both teams have been up-and-down, both quarterbacks have been up and down on the year. But when you look at it the difference for me in this game is going to be Deshaun Watson - and maybe not throwing the football. If you look at last year down the stretch when they made their playoff run to the championship game against Alabama, Deshaun Watson running the football opened things up for Wayne Gallman in the backfield."

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