Miami Nice: Ohio State–Clemson Confirmed for the Orange Bowl

By 11W Staff on December 8, 2013 at 8:30p
Miami it is, for Urban Meyer's 12-1 Buckeyes

Earlier reports proved to be correct as the No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes will travel to Miami to face the 12th-ranked Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl on Friday Jan. 3rd.

The game will be played nearly 35 years to the day from when former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes punched Clemson linebacker Charlie Bauman in the Gator Bowl, leading to Hayes' dismissal, following 28 years and 205 wins at Ohio State. That game, won by Clemson 17-15, is the only meeting between the two schools.

This will be Ohio State's second trip to the Orange Bowl. In 1977, Hayes' Big Ten champion Buckeyes defeated the Big Eight champion Colorado Buffalos, 27-10, after falling behind early 10-0. 

This will be Ohio State's 10th BCS bowl appearance, which leads all programs. Officially, however, the Buckeyes are 5-3 in BCS bowl games, with Ohio State's 31-26 win over Arkansas in the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl vacated. The five wins are tied for most among all programs with USC and Florida. With those two schools not playing in BCS bowl games this season, a win would leave the Buckeyes alone at the top with six.

Clemson has appeared in the Orange Bowl as a BCS bowl once before, in 2012. It did not go well for them.

Urban Meyer's teams are 7-1 all-time in bowl games, including 4-0 in BCS bowl games. His only loss came at the end of the 2007 season when the hated Wolverines topped his Gators, 41-35, in the 2008 Capital One Bowl.

The Orange Bowl will represent a trip home for several Buckeyes that are from the state of Florida. Linebacker Ryan Shazier and running back Carlos Hyde are two of five Ohio State football players from the state of Florida. Four of them will start in the game: Joining Shazier and Hyde are freshman DE Joey Bosa and junior TE Jeff Heuerman.

“I haven’t thought that much about the bowl game yet, but I do know we have to finish out strong and get this 13th win for our seniors,” Shazier said. “We have to do whatever we can in this game to go out with a win.

“And it will be really cool to be able to play Clemson in Florida in the Orange Bowl game … in front of my family and friends. It will be nice to be able to play the last game of the season in my home state. It will mean a lot.”

Both schools will receive 17,500 tickets for the game. Information on a public sale is forthcoming.

The Buckeyes will be the home team in the game.

You can follow the Orange Bowl on Twitter for all of your bowl-related updates, @OrangeBowl, and we'll have more shortly, as Urban Meyer and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will join a teleconference later this evening.


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gwalther's picture

Let's go win another BCS game, Bucks!

Class of 2008

bucksfan92's picture

Well as painful as yesterday's game was, at least I finally get to go to the 1 BCS bowl I haven't been to.  Looking forward to exacting some revenge from Clemson.  I also expect the exact opposite of what I saw in the stands in Indy yesterday, the fans at this game will be 75/25 in favor of Clemson who I think is making their first every BCS appearance.

hit_the_couch's picture

Clemson did have that 70- something loss to WVA in the Orange bowl a couple years ago. Wait a second... I think the Mountaineers just scored again.

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

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I really doubt Clemson even has 50% of the crowd, let alone 75%.

Class of 2010.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Orange ya glad we at least get to go to a BCS bowl Buckeye Nation?

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

NoVA Buckeye's picture

That joke was so bad I had to upvote it

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Ethos's picture

ha! I was just about to say that logo is probably protected by copyright or something, and you go and change it ;)

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

hit_the_couch's picture

Glad to see the season was extended so it's 3 weeks or so till bowl time instead of the old 6-7 weeks for tOSU. I think that uber long layoff hurt the team some.
I hope they can iron out some of the secondary issues and pull a win.

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

BeijingBucks's picture

I hope that as well but am not expecting much. On a good note Hyde and brax will run all day. I guess we should have been working harder on that passing game after all....

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Buckeyeneer's picture

Perhaps. Or perhaps their "no fly zone" was just as good as advertised. Other than a couple of lapses the O-line was giving Brax plenty of time to throw, he just couldn't find people who were open, which lends credence to their defensive backfield being really solid.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Zimmy07's picture

He missed seeing a WR running behind the defender for a TD on one of the plays he took off & scrambled on.
Another TD pass was broken up because the defender tackled our player before he touched the ball.

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

Our passing game is fine.  We just need receivers to catch the balls when they hit them in the hands, stomach, chest, facemask, and yes the dreaded passes that hit our receivers in the back of their helmet or hip should be adjusted and caught.  Larger separation might also help.
It seems a lot of people on here didn't think Braxton made any accurate throws last night.  I remember a bunch of drops.  At least 3 big ones, and a 4th or 5th that would have been helpful later in down and distance.

cinserious's picture

Some of them weren't 'drops' but extremely well-defended passes. I mean on the money throws, receivers doing everything right. Those MSU pass defenders are freaking LEGIT! Their LBs and D-linemen got the flats and outside run game on lockdown as well!

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

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Gonna need a big-ass iron.

BuckeyeUro's picture

This will be Ohio State's 10th BCS bowl appearance, which leads all programs. Officially, however, the Buckeyes are 5-3 in BCS bowl games, with Ohio State's 31-26 win over Arkansas in the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl vacated. The five wins are tied for most among all programs with USC and Florida.

Let's go make history bucks.

KLF Buckeye's picture

Clemson is 49th in the country versus the run. 

KLF Buckeye's picture


AndyVance's picture

Absolutely. Time to avenge Coach Hayes' memory. Win one for Woody and the history books, gentlemen.

dlb72osu's picture

Let's not bring Woody into this. I don't know if anyone here making comments actually saw the game, but, c'mon, Woody was the bad guy in that one. As much as I like the ol man, give it a break. Let him rest.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

- Invictus

KLF Buckeye's picture

I'm not referring to the the punch. I'm referring to the fact Woody obviously wanted like hell to win that game and it ended up being his last. 

AndyVance's picture

Here's the other part of the Woody "punch" story, which was probably the most overblown "punch" in all of sports (but I'm letting my bias show a little): if you read some of the great books about Woody, the theory has been advanced that Woody did such a poor job of managing his health - specifically his diabetes and by extension his eating habits - that most of his most egregious outbursts occurred when his sugar was the most out of whack, because he was under a great deal of stress and wasn't eating properly. In other words, it's like the Snickers Betty White commercials: you're not you when you're hungry.
Calling Woody "the bad guy" is a bit of a stretch, too. Yes, he did the wrong thing, but throwing him under the bus the way they did was going overboard. Hayes was going to announce his resignation following the incident, but President Harold Enarson threw him under the bus because he really didn't like Woody all that much, and he pretty well despised football in general.

703Buckeye's picture

Fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Idaho Helga's picture

Just DO NOT do a drinking game of references to "the punch" for this game.  You will die.   It's sad that so many people remember him for that, not all the good things.

FROMTHE18's picture

Carlos needs to get 25+ carries. We better empty the playbook because Clemson is going to score puntos. 

cinserious's picture

Game plan: The Buck's offensive line and Carlos Hyde treat the Clemson 'defense' like some PUTOS!
Control clock? check.
Keep ball out of Tajh Boyd's hands? check.
Win game? check.

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

SC Buckeye's picture

David Pollack is an asshole.  That is all...

BullCityBuckeye's picture

Asshole?  That's kind of harsh. I think "dumbass" is more accurate for that stooge;-)

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Well, Mark May just talked us up and said we'd wilt Clemson.
So theres that...

acapell99's picture

is this real life?

Roll Hyde

InvertMyVeer's picture

Or is it just fantasy?

Football is complicated...

SC Buckeye's picture

Caught in a landslide

hit_the_couch's picture

No escape from reality

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

740buckeye's picture

Look up to the sky

InvertMyVeer's picture

And see.... Mark May's just a poor man, who wears women's underpants...

Football is complicated...

theDuke's picture

Sammy Watkins vs Bradley Roby. That one will be good. 


poop's picture

I don't expect it to be.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I hope so.

"2014 National with it!!!"

llong83's picture

This matchup makes me completely nervous. Im not looking fwd to see ANY above average WR against ANY of our DB's!! Roby included....

Buckeyes...or Nothing

justanotherbuckeye22's picture

Sorry  up voted  all the  positive post,go  Bucks

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I think this is a pretty good match up.  I like that it is down here in Florida.  I'll be trying to get tickets.  I hope that there are a lot of Buckeye fans willing to travel down here. 
I think we can run a bunch on Clemson. This will be a good national spotlight game.  It's not the NC game we hoped for, but the Orange Bowl is still pretty huge.  Let's go get BCS win #7!!!  (I don't play that "the Sugar Bowl game never happened crap,"  we beat them, just because the NCAA was looking to make examples of programs for minor stuff). 
Go Bucks!!

BuckeyeUro's picture

This would be a good test on how well our defensive couches (aka Fickell and co.) will work on fixing the bad pass coverage defense. They have a month to prepare for a very good passing team.

"Boyd had a big year for the Tigers, throwing for 3,473 yards and 29 touchdowns. Watkins, with 85 catches, 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns, was by far Boyd’s favorite target. Clemson ranked 12th in the country with an average of 329.3 passing yards per game"


igo43's picture

Couches? That's out of hound.

"The minute I think I'm getting mellow, I'm retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner?" - WWH

cinserious's picture

If the 'D' screws this one up, I expect to see multiple defensive couches on fired.

Its how we will conduct our own little 'Clemsoning'.


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

BuckeyeUro's picture

You got me, keep it going guys, needed the laughs after last night loss :)
So there are some couches being burned after all :)

Deadly Nuts's picture

My in-depth analysis:
Likes: Just one or two stops on defense and we could have a good lead.
Dislikes: Just as easy to fuck it up.


Blackbeards Delight's picture

It would be cool if coach Herman could find the page in the play book again with the short routes and quick slants he lost earlier in the season. Besides the receiver screens and hitting El Guapo in the flats, everything seems to be intermediate and deep routes. OSU will need to score every time they have the ball because you know Clemson has a legit passing game. We haven't faced a good passing team all season (CAL check their record) but have managed to make average passing teams look like FSU. Not going to throw any coaches under an Iacono's delivery car but I bet the Defensive staff looks a bit different next season. That's all I have to say about that. The front four are improving weekly and Big Bossman Bosa is a beast. Say hi to Shapiro, LBJ, and Will Smith for me boys. Go Bucks! Punch Clemson.

"Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23yr, it's what's for breakfast"

- Me


bucksfan92's picture

I think OSU wins a shootout 63-42 or something like that.  They will stay with us for 2-3 quarters but Miller and Hyde will run them over in the 4th.  

llong83's picture

63 pts running the football is a stretch dude. We HAVE to be able to throw the intermediate ball against Clemson. This downfield bullcrap isnt going to cut it anymore. Slants, curls, outs, tight ends mixed in with a heavy dose of El Guapo, and Brax running when the play breaks down makes this an unstoppable offense. We cant rely on JUST the run(we can when its working, but when we HAVE to pass, we HAVE to pass) and when we thro every pass cant be a 40 yd bomb downfield. But i dont see us putting up that many pts mainly running simply because of the clock.

Buckeyes...or Nothing

Jason Gruber's picture

When was the last time we even attempted an intermediate pass? We are either going for the long bomb or the short wheel route to Hyde. You're right, the intermediate routes HAVE to be there. 

"You win with people." Woody Hayes

"If winning isn't everything, why do we keep score?" Vince Lombardi

"¯\_(ツ)_/¯" Joey Bosa

AndyVance's picture

Feels like it was that awesome crossing route for touchdown from mid-season... I miss plays like that.

llong83's picture

Keep in mind that there were times in the past few weeks where  Brax has COMPLETELY missed the intermediate routes. Times where guys were wide open and his accuracy was horrendous? So maybe Urb sees something in practice we dont where those intermediate routes are being limited. But damn, NONE!!! That CANT be the alternative. You have to atleast keep the LB's honest that they have to play in coverage, and the safeties have to have something else to think about outside of 30 & 40 yds away from the line of scrimmage.

Buckeyes...or Nothing

Zimmy07's picture

How can you not throw a curl route?
They should be open all game with the speed we have.

USMC11917's picture

I am not confident in any victory after watching yesterday's defensive collapse. Love the team but we need to improve in the secondary. Passing is a strong point for Clemson too. Good news is that I will be able to watch the game with a lot less stress. I want the victory but it isn't the B1G championship with a chance for a national title.

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

I think with 4 weeks before the game they will be able to get an idea if they should maybe give Bell or Powell a chance at safety and maybe Cam on the outside for Grant if things don't get better.  I thought Cam was a beast in the Indiana game when he was manning up with Latimer who is a pretty darn good WR.

wojodta's picture

I hope they do give some of the young guys a shot, but I'll believe it when I see it.

SC Buckeye's picture

Holy shit, Mark May just picked the Buckeyes to win!

papakrom's picture

We NEED to play Marcus Hall for this game. Who else will throw a thundering punch in honor of good ol' Woody?

BuckeyeStrong2's picture

Which side of the field will OSU be on? Looking for tickets.


wojodta's picture

OSU will be on the home side.

Braxton2Devin's picture

I still don't understand the purpose in putting Hyde out wide!!! Not once did he catch a ball and gain more than 2 yards as a wide receiver against MSU.

kdogg72's picture

I hate that we loss, I thought this was a team of destiny. I was wrong and the fan in me got ahead of my objective side. Here's truth, our offense was abysmal 2 years ago, and now is elite. We didn't have our best showing yesterday, but if our lowest point total is 24 I'll take that. All year long and for the last 2 years our problem is defense. It's easy to say we don't have the right players, but Urban once called the wide receivers the most dysfunctional group he has ever seen and they have shown vast improvement. Our offensive line went from our greatest worry to our greatest strength after losing nfl draft picks. How long should we wait for the defense to improve? I have watched the offensive staff take a dysfunctional group and make them elite. I wish the defensive staff  specifically whoever is in charge of the back 7 would do the same. Am I right or am I overreacting?

dlb72osu's picture

We have had an elite offense throughout the season UNTIL this game. Our defense didn't lose this game our offense did. We had short field several times and couldn't capitalize, not once. The defense got the interception, blocked punt and were rewarded with 3 and outs. We couldn't convert third downs, or a short 4th down. Absolute dumpster fire 4th quarter for the offense. Any of those situations change to OSU points and the momentum and the points all move OSU into a W column. If fingers are pointed let's review where the offense failed.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

- Invictus

Blackbeards Delight's picture

Man you can't count on an offense to win every damn game. Nor can you count on the D to do the same. The O carried this team the last two years and when they finally met their match, they needed some help from the D. Last I checked this isn't the Big12, yet. 24 points and some D should be able to get it done once a season. How many of MSU's recruits on D are 4 and 5 star? Few if any. Why are they so good? I would say scheme and coaching. Perhaps OSU's secondary isn't that talented? In that event they need to be coached up as well as make few mistakes. I'm not seeing either. I believe there is talent in the secondary, it's a matter of development. Go BUCKS! Punch Clemson.

"Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23yr, it's what's for breakfast"

- Me


wyatt's picture

Just keep Charlie Bauman off the field and find out how to slow down Tajh Boyd.  Maybe it's just me but I'm tired of talking about Michigan State and ready to move on. 

buckeyedude's picture

Amen brotha! Congrats Sparty, you earned it, but let's fuqing move on. Back when Coop was coach and we were dropping the final game damn near every year, it would take me weeks, and I really mean I was pissed for weeks before I could get over it.
Not anymore. I think I've matured some. If I had to choose which team to lose to, TTUN or MSU, I'd pick MSU every time. Small consolation, but it's time to move on. There will be plenty of time to fire up the "FIRE FICKELL"  threads after the bowl game.



Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

This is the most boring matchup of all top-12 teams.  Anyone else would have had more intrigue than freaking Clemson.  Great, let's get a BCS bowl win against a good team whatever.  This is basically just another if we win it's a "you beat a bad Clemson team" and if we lose "Ohio State sucked all along" kind of game. 
Pathetic end to what was shaping up to be a great season.

cinserious's picture

Lets worry about 'beating' a good Clemson team before we worry about the bitch-ass ESPN pundits 'bashing' Clemson.

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

buckeyedude's picture

So go to a movie or something.



WOLFofOHIO's picture

my reaction to the announcement...V

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

Joeyfbank's picture

I'm not saying it's a must win, but we NEED this bad


TraptnMI's picture

This loss came at an acceptable time, ultimately saving the program from the most humiliating beat down possible by the hands of the Seminoles. Winston would pick us apart all day.
Benjamin is a man amongst boys. It would be too painful to watch. We don't need a third consecutive championship loss. Depression has a Silver Bullet lining! Kick Clemson's ASS! We were just not ready for FSU.

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

buckeyedude's picture

Next poll question for 11Wers:
How many times between now, 12/9/2013, and the Orange Bowl does ESPN mention and/or show the video of Woody punching Charlie Bauman?:
a.) up to 10 X
b.) between 10 and 100X
c.) between  100 and 1,000X
d.) > than 1,000X



Oyster's picture

Also, this is the equivalent of the Appy St game for ttun.  You can't even talk about this game without mentioning it.  The same will happen for the week prior to the Appy St game next year.  

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

llong83's picture

So now that I've had time to digest the loss, come down off of my emotional tirade, and take it all in, I've come to the conclusion that we are exactly where we should be, which is still pretty damn good. 1 loss in 2 years isnt easy, ask any other national powerhouse how they've faired in the loss column over the last two years(insert schedule argument here...smh). The writing has been on the wall about this defense ALL season long...20 pts to Buffalo, 34 to Cal, 24 to Wisconsin, 30 to N.Western, 24 to Iowa, 35 TO ILLINOIS(most glaring), & worst of all 41 pts given up to that dysfunctional team up north!!! Then we follow that up with giving up 34 to MSU...None of these are overly dynamic offenses, and outside of scUM playing one hell of an offensive ball game, noone did anything spectacular except line up and execute. So we are who we are, and im glad we found that out before being put on the national stage and embarrassed.
We made some very uncharacteristic mistakes in that game too...1-10 on 3rd down...43 penalty yds, IN THE 1ST QTR...not running Hyde on 3rd or 4th down??? How crucial were those 3rd down penaltys in the 1st qtr?? I mean, what the hell are you doing running through a guy 15 yds down field on 3rd down?? Why are you pushing 15 yds down the field  & not turning your head when the ball is in the air??? And did anyone else see on that Grant INT that they completely BLEW the coverage and allowed a man to run free downfield. Our luck that Cook threw it underneath. With that said, if we accept our flaws, the loss doesnt feel so bad. As far as dropping to #7, whatever, i still feel we are a top 5 or 4 team in the country, and im good with that, FOR NOW...
Has anyone seen NOAH SPENCE or ADOLPHUS WASHINGTON!!!!??? LOL...they were supposed to be the dynamic duo this year on the d-line, and have been awfully quiet in the sack dept this season. 3 sacks & 3 qb hurries in the last 20 quarters(I could go back further and it looks even worse in those statistical categories) between those two isn't upper echelon pass rushing ability, we expected much more of them this yr. I will add that 4 solo tackles a piece against MSU isn't chopped liver either. But, btw Spence, Washington, Perry, and Bosa rotating in & out we should have one of the top front 4 in the country, and it hasn't panned out this year.
To end on a high note...JOEY FRIGGIN BOSA!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a beast of a game he had against MSU. Salude to that freshman!!! BRING ON CLEMSON!!! GO BUCKS!!

Buckeyes...or Nothing

cinserious's picture

Don't worry, the defensive line is still young and in VERY good hands. We loose no D-linemen after this year, but with Spence/Washington being jrs and Bosa as a sophomore next year plus all our depth back plus incoming recruits, we will have the most stifling D-line in CFB recent memory. If the back 7 steps up, the sacks/hurries/pressure will ramp up BIG TIME!

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

llong83's picture

Dude...I just read some glaring stats...tell me what you think. Should Fickel go??
"According to, Ohio State has picked up 34 defensive recruits that were four star prospects or better coming out of high school over the last four seasons. You know how many four or five star recruits two-time defending national champion Alabama has picked in that same time frame? The answer is 32"
"The most points an Ohio State defense has given up in a single season is 297, which took place in the 1989 season under defensive coordinator Bill Young, as the Buckeyes managed to come away with just eight wins on the year. Under Fickell, the silver bullet defense has given up a total of 277 points thus far in the 2013 season, and they still have one game to go. Therefore, the team is just three touchdowns away from giving up more points than any defense in the history of the Ohio State football program"

Buckeyes...or Nothing

NitroBuck's picture

Lets keep the comparison apples to apples.  The 1989 team only played 12 games.  The 2013 team has already played 13 and has given up fewer points.  The 1989 team gave up an average 24.75 points per game.  The 21.31 PPG the current Buckeyes have given up is still too much, but not as bad as 1989.  

Ferio.  Tego.