Orange Bowl betting has an ‘UNDER' theme in 2014. Six of the past seven editions of this game have gone UNDER the totals. Underdogs have covered the spread in seven of 10 Sugar Bowls, as well.
The teams love the UNDER, as well. Six of the past eight Ohio State bowl games have played UNDER, and the UNDER is 8-3 in the past 11 games when Clemson is an underdog (they are getting 2.5 points on the Orange Bowl betting odds menu at OddsShark.com as of late December).
With all the UNDER trends, perhaps it is fitting that the computer is predicting a high-scoring OVER bet (43-37 which would sail OVER the current total of 68.5).
After winning 24 straight games under Head Coach Urban Meyer, the winning streak finally came to an end for the Ohio State Buckeyes (Big 10, 12-1 SU, 7-6 ATS, 9-4 OU). And with it, so did their BCS National Championship hopes. Ohio State lost to Michigan State 34-24 in the Big Ten Championship Game as a 5.5-point favorite, finishing up the year on an 0-4 ATS run. The Buckeyes finished the season with one of the best offenses in college football, averaging 518.5 yards of total offense and 46.3 points per game.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are just 2-4 SU in their last six bowl games since winning four straight from 2002 to 2005.
Clemson (ACC, 10-2 SU, 6-6 ATS, 7-5 OU) hasn't fared much better in recent bowl trips with a 2-5 SU record over its last seven bowl games.
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The Tigers weren't far behind Ohio State on offense, averaging 502 total yards and 40.2 points per game. Clemson kicked off the season with an impressive 38-35 win over Georgia, but fell short in its other two games as an underdog losing to Florida State 51-14 at home and South Carolina 31-17 on the road. It is difficult to gauge how good this Clemson team really is, as it was a double-digit favorite in all but those three games.
Both teams should be highly motivated in this game. Ohio State didn't get a chance to go bowling last year while serving a bowl ban. Clemson hasn't forgotten its 70-33 blowout loss to West Virginia in its last Orange Bowl appearance, and would love to erase that memory with a win.
Computer Prediction: 43-37 Ohio State
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