ESPN ranks Clemson-OSU #2 Bowl Matchup
ESPN ranks Clemson-OSU the #2 best bowl game in the entire slate of games. The BCS national championship game came in #1 overall on the list.
2. Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 3 (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET): No. 7 Ohio State (12-1) vs. No. 12 Clemson (10-2)
The Buckeyes fell to the Orange Bowl after losing to Michigan State 34-24 in the Big Ten championship game. With FSU in the championship game, the Tigers snuck through the back door into the ACC's at-large BCS bid after losing to in-state rival South Carolina 31-17 in their regular-season finale. The Buckeyes and Tigers have played only once previously -- the infamous 1978 Gator Bowl in which OSU coach Woody Hayes punched Clemson linebacker Charlie Bauman after he intercepted a pass in the Tigers' 17-15 win. Hayes was fired the next morning.
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