NCAA Football Keys to NCAA College Football Second Semifinal
For the third time in the history of the College Football Playoff, Clemson and Ohio State They are in the semifinals. He Sugar Bowl New Orleans will be the setting for this game, a stadium that brings back bad memories for Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers, who lost last season’s national championship to LSU.
Clemson leaves as favorite for a touchdown to return to the final. Will they make it to their fourth final or will the Buckeyes reach the national championship for the first time since the 2014 season?
The Tigers, along with Alabama, are the team that has reached the most College Football Playoff. This season is the sixth in a row for Clemson, missing only the opening and going for their fourth final.
They started the season as # 1 in the AP Rankings, but they fell to fourth place after losing to Notre Dame in South Bend and without Trevor Lawrence, in a game that also lost the captain of the defense, James Skalski. Still, DJ Uiagalelei sent the game to extra series, where they ended up losing. But boy did they avenge the defeat, with a 34-10 in the ACC final with everyone back
With Justin Fields back in his third year, the Buckeyes were among the favorites, but it seemed like the Big Ten wasn’t going to play. He always did, but Ohio State lost three games to coronavirus cases, two of his rivals and one of them. This made them out of the requirements to play the conference final, but they modified the regulation to do it and they almost lost to Northwestern.
They are not the same team as last year, as Justin Fields was not the same as last season and the defense lost too many players to the NFL; Chase Young, Jeff Okudah, and Damon Arnette, just to mention the ones from the first round.
In 2019, Fields had a dream season, coming in with 40 touchdowns and just one interception to the semifinal, but he threw two in the second half against Clemson in loss. That version of Fields is the one that has him with options of being chosen quite high in the next Draft, but the current one, especially under pressure, is very, very bad.
This to, when pressed, Fields had a 35 rating, completing just 37% of his passes, with 1.2 yards per attempt. He recovers his best receiver, Chris Olave, who missed the Big Ten final in which Fields played one of his worst games and injured his thumb.
Clemson has one of the best defensive minds in the NCAA in coordinator Brent Venables, who usually adjusts very well in the course of games. He did it once against Fields, which if he doesn’t improve, the Buckeyes are in deep trouble.
A hope: Trey Sermon comes from setting the record for rushing yards in Ohio State’s history against Northwestern. The bad news is that Clemson allows less than 2 yards per carry and They’re going to force Fields to beat them. The 2019 version couldn’t and looks much better than the 2020 version.
Jets fans regretted winning the Rams because it took away the option of picking Clemson’s QB. Lawrence reached the semifinals for the third time and the previous two reached the national final. He is considered the best prospect since Andrew Luck. Throw all kinds of passes and run. NFL fans could get one last taste of the ‘Sunshine’.
Said that, Ohio State limited him to 54.5% completions and 259 yards in the 2019 semi, albeit with a rather more talented team. It cost him the first half, but he used his legs and Travis Etienne to win the match.
If there is a problem with Lawrence, in the words of Trent Dilfer, it is that His passing mechanics are a bit long, not as tight as Rodgers or Mahomes, and that causes problems for him when he’s under pressure. It’s the card Ohio State has to play if they want to have options.
The sugar bowl be the fifth duel between Tigers and Buckeyes, all in Bowls, and all painted orange and purple, including two previous semifinals of the College Football Playoff.
- 1978 Gator Bowl: Clemson 17-15 Ohio State
- 2014 Orange Bowl: Clemson 40-35 Ohio State
- 2016 Fiesta Bowl: Clemson 31-0 Ohio State
- 2019 Fiesta Bowl: Clemson 29-23 Ohio State