The 2014 bowl season rolls on with a Monday afternoon (5:30 pm ET) game featuring the Oklahoma Sooners (8-4) of the Big 12 and the Clemson Tigers (9-3) of the ACC in the Russell Athletic Bowl from the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, FL. The Sooners lost their season finale to in-state rival Oklahoma St. 38-35 at home. They began the season 4-0 before dropping 3 of their next 5 games. Clemson won their last two regular season games, including a 35-17 win at home over in-state rival South Carolina.
Clemson is ranked 10th nationally in scoring offense with an average of 38.9 points per game and 19th among FBS teams in total offense with 480.5 yards per contest. The Sooners rank 43rd nationally in points allowed with 24.8 per game and 52nd in total defense 382.3 YPG allowed.
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Clemson is ranked 56th nationally in scoring offense with an average of 30.1 PPG scored and 57th among FBS teams in total offense with 410.1 YPG. The Tigers rank 6th nationally in points allowed with 17.6 per game and 1st in total defense 259.6 YPG allowed.
Oklahoma vs. Clemson Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Oklahoma Sooners -4.5
@ Clemson Tigers +4.5
Over 53 (-110)
Under 53 (-110)
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Oklahoma vs Clemson Pick
The Sooners are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on grass and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Over is 5-1 in the Sooners’ last 6 non-conference games, 6-2-1 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record and 12-3-1 in their last 16 games overall. The Under is 6-0 in the Tigers’ last 6 games on grass, 4-0 in their last 4 games against Big 12 teams and 7-3 in their last 10 bowl games.
Clemson won 8 of their last 9 games on the strength of a defense that shut down opponents, surrendering 92.5 yards on the ground and 134.6 through the air over those final 9 games.They currently rank 3rd nationally in pass defense with 61.9 YPG allowed and 7th in rushing defense with 97.7 YPG allowed. Clemson leads the nation in tackles for loss with 122 and fewest yards allowed per play with 4.03.
The Sooners feature the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in running back Samaje Perine. Perine, who had 1,579 yards total for the year, finished his first season strong, totaling 791 rushing yards over the final 3 games, the most by any player over 3 games in OU history. That stretch included FBS-record 427-yard, 5 TD performance against Iowa State.
These two teams had much higher expectations after defeating College Football Playoff entrants Ohio St. (Clemson) and Alabama (Oklahoma) in bowl games last season. The Tigers have looked much stronger overall this season than OU, and they were able to put things together on both sides of the ball down the stretch, particularly on defense where two time All-American Vic Beasely was the ACC Player of the Year and notched 11 sacks. QB Cole Stoudt, who started 7 games earlier this season, will slide back into the starting role after it was announced that freshman Deshaun Watson would sit out with a torn ACL. That experience on offense and their lights out defense give Clemson the advantage here as an underdog. Take the Tigers here.