2021 AllState Sugar Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State preview

By Anthony Caruso IIi | Publisher

The No. 2 Clemson Tigers and the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes will do battle in the AllState Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game will be played at 8:45 pm EST on New Year’s Day.

This is the second straight that these two teams will do battle in a Bowl game. In the 2019 Fiesta Bowl, the Tigers win 29-23.

Trey Sermon carries the football against the Northwestern Wildcats in the 2020 Big Ten Conference (Photo by Ohio State Football/Instagram)

In fact, two of their meetings have come in the Fiesta Bowl. The teams have also competed in the Orange Bowl and the Gator Bowl.

The teams have played three times since the 2013 season. Before the January 2014 game, their first meeting came on December 29, 1978.

The Tigers are undefeated in all four games against the Buckeyes.

Both teams won their conference championship games. The Tigers defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 34-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game on Saturday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Buckeyes — who played the fewest amount of games than the other three College Football Playoff teams — defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 22-10 on Saturday in the Big Ten Conference Championship game.

The Big Ten Conference had to change their own rules to let Ohio State into the Big Ten Conference Championship game. Now, the same conference — who changed their policies to let the Buckeyes in the Conference Championship game — are doing it once again by changing their COVID-19 protocols to allow several players to be available against the Tigers.

The Tigers come into this matchup with a 10-1 mark. Their only loss came to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in November at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana.

The Buckeyes are 6-0 this season.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields went 119 of 164 for 1,521 yards. He has 15 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Trey Sermon has 84 carries for 675 yards and three touchdowns. Garrett Wilson has 38 receptions for 621 yards and five touchdowns.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence — who may be playing in his final collegiate game before entering the 2021 NFL Draft — has gone 198 of 286 for 2,753 yards. He has 22 touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Travis Etienne has 158 carries for 882 yards and 13 touchdowns. Amari Rodgers has 69 receptions for 966 yards and seven touchdowns.

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