It’s gameday for the Clemson Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners. The winner of today’s matchup in the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, FL will earn a spot in the national championship.
Clemson has proven they can score and the defense has had great moments during the season, but has given up a few big plays.
The Tigers have a perfect record despite a -2 turnover ratio. Clemson has trailed for just over 62 minutes this season, and in only five of their 13 games. They haven’t faced a fourth-quarter deficit all year long. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has been vital protecting those late leads.
“I get down on myself, of course, but I just try not to show it,” said Watson. “I mean, if I miss a throw that I should have made, or I can’t make, or I make a misread, something like that is the only thing.”
Running back Wayne Gallman enters the contest just 13 yards shy of the school season record with 1,332 yards. He’s just the second Tiger to pass the 1,200-yard threshold in the past 20 seasons. He and Watson and their teammates will look to make the big plays Thursday afternoon, those that should separate the winner and the loser at this stage on both sides of the ball.
The winner of Thursday’s game will take on either Alabama or Michigan State who play in the Cotton Bowl.