UPDATE: Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins returned to the game for the first drive of the second half.
Unlike the first of the College Football Playoff semifinal game, it looks like we’ll be set up for an exciting finish in the Fiesta Bowl between the Clemson Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State leads 16-14, but oddsmakers think we could see Clemson complete a comeback. Clemson is a 3.5-point favorite for the second half at DraftKings Sportsbook, and the point total is 29.5.
Ohio State held a 16-0 lead as Clemson held the Buckeyes to three field goals to keep within striking distance. The Tigers quickly scored 14 unanswered points late in the second quarter to completely shift the momentum of this game. Clemson is favored by three
Some very notable injuries and an ejection could play a factor in the second half. For Clemson, its star wide receiver Tee Higgins left the game in the first quarter with a head injury and will not return.
Tigers Quarterback Trevor Lawrence took a big hit on a sack, which kept him on the ground as trainers checked on him. On that play, Ohio State’s cornerback Shaun Wade was ejected for targeting. Lawrence came back in shortly after and definitely looks fine after a 67-yard touchdown run late in the second half in a huge momentum changer.
After a pair of big runs to lead the Buckeyes in the first half, J.K. Dobbins took injured his lower leg and limped off the field late in the second quarter. We will see how healthy he is running the ball in the second half.
Second half pick
Well, I took Clemson -2 before this game and nothing happened in the first half that makes me shy away from that prediction, so the pick is going to be Clemson -3.5 in the second half. All of the momentum is on the Tigers, and they get the ball to start. A long opening drive ending with a touchdown could be another body blow for Ohio State, which is going to be kicking itself for not being able to get into the end zone with three first-half field goals.