Ohio State-Clemson Set for Orange Bowl

By Kyle Rowland on December 8, 2013 at 5:00p
Tajh Boyd is one of the top QBs in the country.

Ohio State is taking its talents to South Beach. 

It’s the east coast instead of the west coast and oranges instead of roses, but a once great season can still end on a high note. The No. 7 Buckeyes will play 12th-ranked Clemson in the Orange Bowl Jan. 3, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy. The news came one day after a crushing loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Ohio State and Clemson have played once before – the fateful 1978 Gator Bowl when Woody Hayes slugged Clemson linebacker Charlie Bauman resulting in the legendary coach’s dismissal. The Tigers won 17-15.

The 2013 season presented similar circumstances for both teams. Each carried national championship aspirations for a large chunk of the year until humbling defeats. The makeup of the teams is also similar – potent offenses, lackluster defenses and little national respect.

Clemson’s struggles have led to the creation of the verb “Clemsoning.” The Tigers are 10-2 this season with both loses coming against top-10 opponents – Florida State and South Carolina. Quarterback Tajh Boyd spurned Ohio State on National Signing Day in 2009 to sign with Clemson.

He was an All-American in 2012 and holds numerous school records. Boyd’s completed 67.6 percent of his passes this season for 3,473 yards, 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Tigers rank 11th nationally in passing offense and 12th in total offense.

The Buckeyes only previous Orange Bowl appearance came in 1977 when they beat Colorado 27-10.


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WrightBuckeye's picture

11th in passing offense! Where did I put that bottle of bleach....

FloridaBuck's picture

I'm going to the store to get my bottle now. 

UrbanCulture's picture

Unfortunately TBDBITL will only be allowed a 4 minute pregame performance...no halftime show :(

216ToThe614's picture

Yeah, this is the worst thing ever. Would haven taken any other bowl......but it will still be fun and we will do our best to support the team

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!

JakeBuckeye's picture

Damn, that's the night I move to Columbus. I show up at 6:10 PM so that gives me a couple hours to get myself together, but where should a Buckeye freshman take in the game?

Whosisbrew's picture

I always enjoyed watching games at Out-R-Inn, but that's just personal preference, really. Many bars on campus are a safe bet.

slippy's picture

Probably not going to work if he's a freshman.

bucks15's picture

Not being 21 gives you limitations.  That being said BW3's on the corner of High and Lane always has a good atmosphere during games.  

419Buckeye's picture

Depends if you're 21 or not. If you are, Varsity Club and Chumleys are good choices. If not, there is always Bdubs or the Ohio Union

Baroclinicity's picture

Welp.  Beat Clemson, dammit!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

FROMTHE18's picture

well, lets hope we can put up 50.

cinserious's picture

Its on! I hope we play ball control offense by running the hell out of the ball with Hyde and Braxton, thus keeping the ball out of Boyd's hands. Clemson can be explosive.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

popeurban's picture

Agreed, but boy, we need some type of passing offense resembling what we saw in the regular season.

Baroclinicity's picture

Sounds good to me.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

popeurban's picture

Nervous optimism...

Iwearmocs's picture

What's the over/under on how many times we see the Woody Hayes punch televised over the next month? 40?

4thandinches's picture

Probably 40 times in the Hype video alone.

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

wjpalumbo's picture

Definitely take the over.  This was the first thing I thought of when I saw the match up because all the media (ESPiN) does is sling crap that bashes everyone but the almighty SEC.  I won't be watching the SEC network for the next month or so.  On a more positive note, I love the match up and can't wait to see El Guapo and XBrax run over the Tigers.



hit_the_couch's picture

Not the opponent I wanted to see.
Media come Monday...'Ohio State will not win this game because they are 0-2 versus the ACC in Bowl games.'

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Whosisbrew's picture

I'll take it. And really, when was our last Orange Bowl appearance? '77? Good opponent, good bowl game. Not the one we were hoping for, but it should be a hell of a lot of fun.

Firedup's picture

OSU has a chance to go for the BCS Grand Slam. How fitting for the most dominant program in the BCS era to end it.  

"Making the Great State of Ohio Proud!" UFM

Youngbuck85's picture

Not watching football for awhile, sick to my stomach

otrain2416's picture

Roby will have his shot to improve his draft stock with his matchup vs Watkins 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Whosisbrew's picture

Sammy Watkins vs. this secondary? Eesh..
Give the ball to Hyde. On defense, too.

Grey Ghost's picture

Roby needs to learn how to tackle if he ever plans on taking his talents to the NFL.  Otherwise, he will become a practice squad regular.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Fully agree.  I've often thought a couple of times this year that Roby would be well served to come back a year.  A few times he was dominated like vs Wisky.  I think he could really improve his draft stock by playing another year.  This may be a little selfish on my part because I do think he has great talent. 

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KLF Buckeye's picture

Our best defense will be Hyde running the ball as often as he possibly can.

Grey Ghost's picture

This will be Hyde's best game of the year.  

TennesseeBuckeye's picture

I'm sure there are some hoping our D coaches punch some Clemson players (Sarcasm)

I may not be able to outsmart too many people, but I can outwork 'em.
Woody Hayes

ScarletGray43157's picture

OSU will want to keep the ball away from Boyd.  
Also, can we coach up Bell and Burrows in these 3 weeks of nothing but practice and at least give them a shot to show what they can do to help with pass coverage and run support?  Please???

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

BoFuquel's picture

 That hog waller called Miama has caused me enough anguish. I don't ker if we're playin' Clem or Son Of Clem. I will not attend. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Colby3333's picture

Clemson's rush defense and coverage secondary sucks.  Boyd is very average under pressure.  Not worried if we play smash mouth run offense with some over the top passes when they load the box.  They really struggle with mobile qb's too.  Our wr's are miles apart from their secondary.  Offense will succeed very easily.  The D has to bring heat early and often.  Boyd is shakey under pressure and when getting hit.  It should be fun!  Let's Go Bucks!  Woody Revenge!

FROMTHE18's picture

Can Aaron Craft play corner for us?

Tim's picture

I bet he'd be our best safety, even if Bryant were healthy.

RBuck's picture

I was thinking more like Sam Thompson. Hell, he could be 5 yards off the receiver and still fly to knock the ball down.

Long live the southend.

officeroso's picture

This game should end the career of LF, I'm seeing 500 yrds passing by the C----- LF just won't cut it

Tim's picture

Tajh Boyd will probably go for 400+ yards, but Clemson will likely Clemson and we can win!

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Especially that clown show of a secondary Meyer has. Fire Coombs and get a real coach, Urb.

aphill89's picture

sooooooo can we go ahead a start the coaching carousel asap...

"The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes 

OSU069's picture

maybe we should also play Braxton at CB or S and Hyde at LB.

otrain2416's picture

Since no one has posted this yet I thought it would be appropriate 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Iwearmocs's picture

and there's the first.

TilstheHun3's picture

Appreciate that...

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

buckeyedude's picture

70-63. Flip a coin.



WOLFofOHIO's picture

Good. will be cutting my grass low then. wont want anything like this to happen..

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

DWright's picture

We got beat by a good MSU team, I think the pressure got to us and we played tight. The loss definitely hurts but now the pressure is off, let's just go end the season on a strong note with a huge win against a good team on a big stage. This season can still end on a positive note. Let's go out and thrash these kids, our new winning streak begins now.
We are in a BCS bowl, that is reason to celebrate. I'm sure our guys are gutted but they just won 24 games in a row, nothing to be ashamed of. All the anger and all the sorrow is now going to be manifested in the form of a purple and orange tiger that Ryan Shazier is going to kill with his bare hands.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I like it.  It may take a few days for me to get there, but I like your thinking.  Some of probably need a few days to get out of the funk.  I know I do. 

bucks15's picture

Time of possession is going to be huge during this game.  The longer Clemson has the ball the less likely we win the game.  
Sometimes the best defense is a good offense, we need to keep them off the field and tictate the tempo of the game.  

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Hopefully there will not be a "we blew a chance to be in the NC" letdown and the bucks will come out firing on all cylinders and playing with a lot of pride for the sake of our school, recruiting, and the reputation of the conference.  I know this sounds corny, but how you react to adversity, can you pick yourself up and dust yourself off and get back out there and give it your all, that is the true test of character.  Should be an exciting game.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

jrich612's picture

Let's keep in mind while we lament over the possibility of Watkins torching our secondary, that Clemson has had a problem with turning the ball over quite a bit. If we can get pressure, Boyd is prone to some hasty decisions that we can take advantage of. This Clemson offense is not without weakness. 

Thajinn's picture

this game is disappointing, Rather face Bama at least that be more of a challenge .. I predicting a Buckeye blow out over the Over hyped Tigers.. Bosa/Bennett/Washington and boys will have a great game

avail31678's picture

Do you really think we could take Bama?
i think this game is perfect.  A challenge but definitely winnable.  Everyone loves Tajh Boyd and if we can contain Clemsons passing game we can quiet the doubters a bit.  

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Agree.  For us to beat Bama it would be very difficult, not impossible.  We are not yet at that level.  We are on our way.  The future is bright.  The Clemson game gives us a chance to beat a good team and end on a high note for recruiting.  I think Urban will use the 24 game win streak to his advantage big time and bring in a top 3 recruiting class.  The next few years are going to be a ride!
Go Bucks!!

German Buckeye's picture

Just like we were going to blow out Sparty...I don't really have much faith in our ability to stop anyone.

chitown buckeye's picture

The chase starts here....

"I'm having a heart attack!"

harleymanjax's picture

Clemson! Damnit my last name is Bauman! Now I have to live through the constant replays of the Charlie Bauman punch!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Really wished for anything but this. Wanted a match up against an sec team to end the season on a high note

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

216ToThe614's picture

Despite this not being confirmed yet, we need to win this game and use it as a nice springboard for next year and start a new winning streak! For Woody!

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!

Doc's picture

I think some of you guys have already forgotten last nights game. MSU's offense was average, at best. Clemons is well north of that!  Our defense will be smoked like a cheap cigar that night. We will not be able to keep up on offense, especially if we fall behind. I'm afraid we will have loss number two when the game is over. I am really hoping not, but the defense will not be iced by then, so why would it be any better?

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Thajinn's picture

I wish the Downers would just jump off a cliff.. Meyer has 3 weeks+ to work on the Pass rush (which I blame more for the pass defense) and the DB's ..
I'm not worried
Clemson is well Clemson... 

lax20's picture

Lose the typical Buckeye fan attitude and be real.  The list of QB's with career days, Connor Cook, Devin Gardner, Joel Stave and Nathan Scheelhaase against this D.  All average at best with maybe Scheelhaase a little better.  The O played well enough to win.  Hell Purdue yielded only 14 pts. and 7 points were scored by Sparty's D.  No my friend there is nothing that can be fixed that quick.  I have always felt Clemson was overrated, but as all the haters have pointed out the Buckeyes were also.  Clemson has speed to match the Bucks and Sammy Watkins will smoke any DB we have.  A high scoring game and hopefully we have the high score.  The D is pathetic and until Meyer grows a set a balls to shake that defensive staff up, we can expect much the same.  That is reality.  Hopium doesn't work in football.  Be real, not a rah rah cheerleader.

Geraffi's picture

Please, Urban , do not punch anyone. 

SonOfBuckeye's picture

But it's a Fistivus tradition!

Hovenaut's picture

Thought that was spelled incorrectly there for a moment, but well done sir.

InvertMyVeer's picture

Haha Fistivus for the Mich-among-us

Football is complicated...

WhySoSerious's picture

Let's do it. Bounce back game. Sit Pitt. 


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

INTLBUCK's picture

Going to this game with my dad and two boys.  Our first ever OSU bowl game.  Nosebleed, but who cares!  Let's finish with a record number of BCS wins, even if the system was a joke!