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ESPN puts Ohio State on upset watch

by Tony Crumpton - Associate Editor - Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:51 AM

ESPN's Heather Dinich ranks the Orange Bowl as the second most likely ACC bowl game to have an upset.

There’s no way Clemson turns it over six times again, right? There’s no way the Tigers flop like they did the last time they were in the Orange Bowl, a performance so embarrassing we’ll spare them rehashing it here. One thing is for sure: Clemson’s defense will have to play better than it did that day, but the Tigers are also a much better defense in Year 2 under Brent Venables. They’ll be challenged by Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde, who have both rushed for more than 1,000 yards and have given defenses headaches with the zone-option. Clemson now has Michigan State’s performance as a blueprint, though, for the defense. In order for Clemson to have a chance, it simply can’t give Ohio State freebies like it did South Carolina. The turnovers, coupled with the intangible of redemption, could be the difference in this game. In what will be the final performance of Clemson quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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, he and his receivers should have the edge against a young, average Ohio State secondary.

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