Watch Fiesta Bowl 2019: Clemson vs Ohio State Live Stream Free College Football Semifinal Online

The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes will try to reach the College Football Playoff National Championship Game for the second time when they take on the defending national champion Clemson Tigers in a College Football Playoff semifinal matchup in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl on Saturday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

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The Buckeyes (13-0) won the inaugural CFP national title in the 2015 season and lost in the semifinals in their only other appearance, in 2017. That loss came to Clemson, which has won a nation’s-best 28 straight games.

The No. 3 Tigers (13-0) are 9-1 against the spread in their last 10 bowl games. Kickoff is 8 p.m. ET. The Tigers are 2.5-point favorites in the latest Clemson vs. Ohio State odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 62.5. Before making any Ohio State vs. Clemson picks or PlayStation Fiesta Bowl predictions, you need to check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

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Now the model has dialed in on College Football Playoff semifinal matchup between Ohio State vs. Clemson. We can tell you it’s leaning under, and it also says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations. You can head to SportsLine to see the pick. Now, here are the college football odds and trends for Clemson vs. Ohio State:

This is also a true rematch of the Fiesta Bowl semifinal from the 2016-17 season, which saw Clemson shut out Ohio State 31-0 in the same stadium. The Tigers and Buckeyes have developed a bit of an unexpected rivalry because of this, and Saturday evening’s showdown features a bit more resentment than one would expect in a normal CFP semifinal.

Dabo Swinney has defeated Ohio State twice in the postseason as Clemson’s coach, first in the Orange Bowl during the BCS era and then in the aforementioned Fiesta Bowl. Ryan Day hopes to reverse that early trend set by Urban Meyer when he gets his shot at the Tigers, leading a battle-tested title contender into one of the most anticipated games of the entire postseason. All year there has been a suggestion that the three best teams in the country are LSU, Ohio State and Clemson, and this is the elimination game of that group with a trip to New Orleans for the national championship on the line.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes have fielded elite teams every year since winning the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship in 2014-15, but regular missteps have prevented them from competing in the postseason with Alabama and Clemson, both teams that Ohio State considers its peers at the top of college football. This might be Day’s first season as Ohio State’s coach, but the upperclassmen on the team carry a hunger for playoff success that has festered in the program since that title win.

Falling short of that ultimate goal has worn on stars like Chase Young, who has no playoff experience as a true junior. Quarterback Justin Fields is entering the biggest game of his career after authoring an incredible regular-season run, and there is no doubting the Buckeyes’ talent on the offensive side of the ball. Competing for a national championship on the game’s biggest stage is something that even an elite program like Ohio State can take time to celebrate amidst the annually high expectations of the Buckeye fan base.

Clemson: Dabo Swinney warmed up the R.O.Y. Bus — standing for “Rest Of Y’all” for those uninitiated to Dabo-isms — after the Tigers’ narrow win at North Carolina and an initial set of College Football Playoff Rankings that had the undefeated Tigers outside of the top four behind the likes of Alabama and Penn State. He’s driven the R.O.Y. Bus through October and November, attracting more attention for his commentary than his team should have been receiving for its dominance.

Trevor Lawrence was one of the best quarterbacks in the country for the last two months of the season, Isaiah Simmons and the defense put the clamps on everyone they faced, and Travis Etienne ho-hummed his way to back-to-back ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors while setting new career conference records for rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns. At 6.46 yards per carry, no team in the country has a more explosive rushing attack than Clemson, and yet, it seems like that’s the third or fourth storyline when discussing the Tigers. There’s a lot to like about the 2019 Clemson team and its pursuit of a third national title in four years, but the dominant storyline has been Clemson telling the world that no one is paying enough attention.