Herbstreit says Buckeyes need to eat their Wheaties before Fiesta Bowl


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Herbsteit says the Buckeye offensive line had better eat well before facing Clemson (Photo by Raymond Carlin, USAT)

ESPN college football analyst - and Ohio St. graduate - Kirk Herbstreit says the Ohio St. Buckeyes need to eat well before playing Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.

Speaking on the selection show Sunday about the New Years Eve matchup between second-seeded Clemson and third-seeded Ohio St., Herbstreit said the Buckeye offensive line had better be ready to play.

"There's two things that stand out to me — Ohio State's offensive line better eat their Wheaties between now and that game against Clemson because Clemson's a very good defensive line," Herbstreit said. "They're really, really talented, and it's not so much in the inside, it's more on the edges. That's where Ohio State's going to have to really come up with a game plan."

He then said that Clemson's defense will have to play better in coverage than they have in some big games this season.

"But Clemson's had some issues in coverage. They leave their corners on islands, they're an aggressive defense, they blitz their linebackers," Herbstreit said. "We saw it again last night with Jerod Evans making plays, being able to throw the ball downfield. With Ohio State, it's Curtis Samuel, and who's that next guy? Is it going to be Noah Brown? Somebody will have to come up for Ohio State because I've called a number of Clemson games this year, and it's not one receiver that hurts them. You need a second, a third option, you just can't have one guy."

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