Ohio State has a chance for revenge.
Three years ago, the Buckeyes met Clemson in a Fiesta Bowl matchup in the College Football Playoff semifinal – and it did not go well for the Scarlet and Gray.
The Tigers dealt Ohio State its first shutout defeat since 1993 and held Urban Meyer scoreless for the first and only time in his coaching career, blasting the Buckeyes 31-0 in the desert.
Three years later, Ohio State has a chance for a rematch in the same stadium, at the same point in the College Football Playoff against that same Clemson team.
Much of the rosters are different, but there is some carryover. Ohio State's fourth and fifth-year players were all on the team for the loss with a few – KJ Hill, Binjimen Victor, Damon Arnette, Jordan Fuller and DaVon Hamilton – even seeing action against the Tigers.
Ironically, that loss helped pave the way for Ryan Day to become Ohio State's current head coach. After the offensive showing, the Buckeyes hired Day to replace outgoing offensive coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warinner.
Now, Day has completed the offense overhaul – and then some – and will lead his Ohio State squad against Clemson, seeking a different result for the Buckeyes this time around.