Sugar Bowl Clemson vs Ohio State: By The Numbers

The rematch that most expected to once again take place in the College Football Playoff this season is indeed happening as Ohio State and Clemson face off in the Sugar Bowl with a spot in the national title game on the line.

No. 3 Ohio State comes into this game as 7.5 point underdogs to the No. 2 Tigers after going 6-0 this season and with a little bit more of a chip on their shoulder. Not only because Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has made it clear that he did not feel that they should have gotten into the playoff after playing half as many games as teams like Texas A&M, Florida, or Cincinnati but because they still feel that they got unfairly beaten in last year’s semifinal when Clemson came back from 16 points down to win 29-23.

Clemson comes into this game after beating down Notre Dame in the ACC championship game 34-10. Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, and the senior class look to go out on a high note and try to end their careers with a trip to the national title game, while making sure their head coach doesn’t eat some of his words. However, Swinney did make it clear on Monday that this team is good enough to beat Clemson and/or win the national title. The Tigers will also look to make sure that teams from the state of South Carolina stay undefeated versus the Buckeyes.

How do the Tigers and Buckeyes matchup? Of, course games aren’t won on paper and have to be taken care of of on the field but the numbers can tell a lot when it comes to upcoming game previews.

The Numbers

#3 Ohio State 6-0 (5-0)

  • PPG- 42.5
  • Opp PPG- 21.0
  • Rushing YPG- 275.7
  • Opp Rushing YPG- 96.7
  • Rush YPC- 6.1
  • Opp YPC- 3.4
  • Pass YPG- 253.5
  • Opp Pass YPG- 261.3
  • Total Offense YPG- 529.2
  • Opp Total Off YPG- 358.0
  • Off Yards Per Play- 7.3
  • Opp Off Yards Per Play- 5.4
  • 3rd Down Conv- 51%
  • Opp 3rd Down Conv- 34%
  • Sacks- 17
  • Sacks Allowed- 18

#2 Clemson 10-1 (8-1)

  • PPG- 44.9
  • Opp PPG- 17.5
  • Rush YPG- 163.8
  • Opp Rush YPG- 99.8
  • Rush YPC- 4.6
  • Opp Rush YPC- 2.8
  • Pass YPG- 343.8
  • Opp Pass YPG- 198.6
  • Total Off YPG- 507.6
  • Opp Total Off YPG- 298.5
  • Off Yards Per Play-6.7
  • Opp Off Yards Per Play- 4.6
  • 3rd Down Conv- 47%
  • Opp 3rd Down Conv- 30%
  • Sacks- 44
  • Sacks Allowed- 18

And where the two teams rank nationally in some of those numbers….

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