Ladies and Gentlemen, a late holiday present has come to the fans of college football as the first-round of the College Football Playoff goes underway on Saturday December 28, 2019, and your Ohio State Buckeyes go up against the Clemson Tigers in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in the Prime Time game of the day. These two teams have been two of the cornerstone teams in the NCAA and go to battle to see who will face either the number four ranked Oklahoma Sooners or the number one ranked LSU Tigers. The Buckeyes come into this game ranked number two while Clemson is the third ranked team in the nation. One of the biggest reasons that Ohio State is ranked as high as they are and have a good chance to win this game is their offense.
Justin Fields has been the heart and soul of this offense in his first season under center for the Buckeyes. The Kennesaw, Georgia native has had an impressive season as a first-time starter throwing an astounding forty touchdowns and only one interception. Ryan Day has turned the Georgia transfer from a run-first “throw if all else fails” type of quarterback into one who is not afraid to dart the ball down the field and use his feet if all other options crumble in the pocket.
One of Fields’ biggest assets on offense has been none other than Chris Olave.
Olave had an impressive season in his own right this year, being one yard shy of 800 yards on the season with 46 receptions and 11 touchdowns on top of that. Fields has been able to have a dominant number one receiver to throw to all season and that will not change in the Fiesta Bowl. Olave has just as impressive of stats against the AP Top 25 Teams with 16 receptions for 299 yards and four touchdowns to his credit. Olave is not afraid to look success in the eye and make it flinch first.
Speaking of looking someone in the face and seeing who flinches, let’s look at the other pivotal part of the Buckeye offense, the running game. In particular, J.K. Dobbins, who finished the regular season with a monster game against That Team Up North. Dobbins had video-game-like stats this season rushing for 1,829 yards over 283 attempts, an average rush of 6.5 yards and 20 touchdowns. Clemson fans may think much of those stats were against teams that were not ranked and those fans would be wrong. In games against AP Top-25 teams, Dobbins has 875 yards and 10 touchdowns over 144 attempts. Coming out of the backfield is also something Dobbins has no problem doing against Top-25 teams having eight receptions for 120 yards and those stats raise even higher over the entire season – 26 receptions for 263 yards.
Clemson is a fearsome team – that cannot be disputed. However, this Ohio State Buckeyes team looks like it has a very strong chance to be the team to punch the Tiger in the mouth and make it run. They are dominant in every facet of their offensive game and look be on a collision course with the National Championship.
Look for this offense to take hold against the Tigers and win a close game on Saturday night.