The Fiesta Bowl 2016 between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Clemson Tigers has a chance to be the best matchup of college football’s bowl season.
2016 Fiesta Bowl – College Football Playoff Semifinal
Live Stream: Click Here To Watch Fiesta Bowl 2016 Live Stream
The second-seeded Tigers (12-1) and the third-seeded Buckeyes (11-1) appear to be equal in a number of areas, and that could result in a game that comes down to the final possession on Jan. 1, 2017. The winner will play in the national championship game on Jan. 9, 2017, and nearly every expert rates Alabama as an overwhelming favorite to beat Washington in the other semifinal and get into that game.
As talented as the Tigers and Buckeyes are, the duel between quarterbacks DeShaun Watson of Clemson and J.T. Barrett of Ohio State should be one of the top storylines. Both are excellent playmakers who can make things happen through the air or with their feet.
Fiesta Bowl 2016
What: Fiesta Bowl, No. 2 Clemson (12-1) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (11-1)
When: 4 p.m. PT Saturday, December 31
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona. Capacity: 63,400.
TV channel: ESPN (In Portland area: Comcast 35/735, CenturyLink 602/1602; DirecTV 206; Dish 140)
Commentators: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi
Live stream: Watch ESPN / Watch ESPN app
Line: Ohio State by 3
Series history: Clemson leads 2-0
Last meeting: Clemson 40-35 (2014 Orange Bowl)
However, as talented as Barrett is, it’s clear Watson is the more productive passer. He has completed 329 of 487 passes for 3,914 yards with 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Watson has 526 rushing yards and has reached the end zone six times.
Barrett’s numbers are excellent, but he isn’t quite as prolific with his passing. He has completed 214 of 346 passes for 2,428 yards with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. Barrett has rushed for 847 yards and nine touchdowns. source: bleacherreport.com