Playoff Predictions for the Orange Bowl

The 2016 College Football Playoff is set!

The four teams have been selected. Those four teams will face off in Miami Gardens, Florida and Arlington, Texas respectively. On New Year’s Eve, these teams will play to earn their way to the National Championship on Monday, January 11, 2016 at The University of Arizona Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

The Clemson Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners will face off at the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens.  Prepare yourself for a great game.  Here are the defense and offense strengths of the teams and my prediction of who will win.

No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oklahoma Thursday, December 31 @ 4:00 P.M. EST Location: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL TV: ESPN

Clemson versus Oklahoma

The Clemson Tigers took the College Football world by surprise during the regular season. The Tigers finished the season with a 13-0 record to capture the ACC crown. As I said before, Clemson has become the College Football version of “The Greatest Show on Turf.” The team dominated almost every opponent they faced during the regular season. Clemson has beaten their opponents by an average of 38 points per game.

The Oklahoma Sooners have made a strong return to National Championship contention. The Sooners finished with an 11-1 record and captured the Big 12 Championship. They slipped under everyone’s radar during the season, but now they’ve made a strong statement. Oklahoma is seeking its first title since 2000.

Offense

Clemson quarterback and Heisman candidate Deshaun Watson has put some incredible numbers. He 3,512 yards, 30 touchdowns and only 11 picks. Watson displays great pocket presence and has a quick release. But, he can also run, which he doesn’t get enough credit for. Watson has 11 rushing touchdowns on the season. Clemson running back Wayne Gallman has put some great numbers. Gallham had 1,332 rushing yards, 152 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns (10 rushing, 1 receiving).

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has had a great season. Mayfield has 3,389 yards, 35 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Mayfield also has a great presence in the pocket, and he has very accurate throwing. Plus, he can step up in the pocket and make plays with his quick release. Sooners wide receiver Sterling Shepard has had a tremendous season with 1,201 yards and 11 touchdowns, and running back Samaje Perine has also had a great season with 1,291 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
Edge: Clemson (slightly)

Defense

Most pundits praise Clemson for their high-powered offense. But, the Tigers have a pretty good defense. Clemson is ranked 7th overall defense in the country. The Tigers are 5th in passing, but they give up plenty of yards on the ground as they ranked 23rd in rushing.
Meanwhile, it seems Oklahoma has to score points as a necessity. They have trouble stopping other teams. The Sooners’ defense hasn’t been up to par as they are ranked 31st overall defensively. The Sooners are 32nd against the past and 46th against the run.
Edge: Clemson

Prediction: Clemson over Oklahoma

By Quentin Congress

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