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How and what to watch in the CFP semifinals between Ohio State and Clemson

The question going into the Fiesta Bowl: How healthy is Justin Fields?

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According to the odds makers, the Fiesta Bowl between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers will be the best of the two College Football Playoff games on Saturday.

Clemson and Ohio State both come into this matchup undefeated, but they took different paths to get to this point of the season. The Tigers rolled through an incredibly easy schedule with only one major threat, which was North Carolina in a one-point Clemson win.

Ohio State on the other hand was tested by taking on several ranked teams including Wisconsin twice, Penn State and Michigan. The schedule is a major reason Ohio State came in as the higher-ranked team in the final College Football Playoff rankings.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 28 and can be seen on ESPN and via live online stream at WatchESPN.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Spread: Clemson (-2.5) vs. Ohio State
Point Total: 63.5 O/U (-110)
Money line: Tigers (-132), Buckeyes (+108)

- Clemson is 7-1 against the spread in its last eight games.

- The point total has gone over in four of Clemson’s last six games.

- Ohio State is 9-3 against the spread in its last 12 games.

The Best Bet

I’m going to pick Clemson to cover this small spread especially since it’s under a field goal. Justin Fields is my biggest question mark for Ohio State with a knee injury. He was clearly limited in the Big Ten title game, deciding not to run when openings were available. It could be just gamesmanship, but Fields said he’s not where he expected to be health-wise at this point. Given the question mark with that injury, it’s enough to get me to place some money on Clemson to cover.

Pick: Clemson -2.5

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