Ohio State Earns No. 3 Seed in College Football Playoff, Faces Clemson in Rematch of 2019 Semifinals

By Kevin Harrish on December 20, 2020 at 12:26 pm
Ohio State is in the playoff.

The Buckeyes will have a chance at redemption.

With an undefeated record and a Big Ten championship, Ohio State has earned the No. 3 seed in the College Football Playoff and will face No. 2 seed Clemson in the semifinals, setting up a rematch of last year's game.

The game is set take place in New Orleans on Jan. 1, with the late kickoff set at 8:45 p.m.

The Buckeyes fell 29-23 to the Tigers in last year's College Football Playoff semifinal, despite scoring the first 16 points of the game and holding a fourth-quarter lead. Ohio State had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but Clemson clinched the victory with an interception in the end zone.

This will be the third time in five years the Buckeyes have met the Tigers in the College Football Playoff semifinals, with Clemson winning the first two, topping Ohio State last season and beating the Buckeyes 31-0 in 2016.

The other semifinal game will pit No. 1 seed Alabama against No. 4 seed Notre Dame, marking the first time those teams have met since the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 victory over the Fighting Irish in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

The winner of the two games will play in the College Football Playoff Championship Game on Jan. 11 in Miami.

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