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I'm completely torn on this because for me it comes down to choosing Urban Meyer's bowl history or the weakness that is Ohio State pass defense. Now with Bradley Roby out, that puts even more pressure on Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell. The key will then become OSU's pass rush, and I expect Jamal Marcus to make some plays in Noah Spence's absence. Meanwhile, Clemson still has to be able to stop Ohio State's offense, and I'm not sure that they can. In the end, I'll side with Meyer's preparation and the Buckeye running game over Clemson's passing attack. Ohio State 38, Clemson 34 -- Tony Gerdeman (12-1)

What do you get when you take two of the best players off a below-average defense? The Buckeyes will score, but can they stop Clemson? Turnovers might be a deciding factor. Clemson 42, Ohio State 38 -- Rob Ogden (12-1)

I went back and forth on this game for quite a while. Can Ohio State's defense do enough against Clemson's high-powered passing game? Tajh Boyd has been good throughout his career, but has had "off" games in big situations. The Buckeyes have already announced one change in their secondary, but it wouldn't surprise me if we see more wrinkles on both sides of the ball. In the end, I think OSU does enough to win, but I don't feel great about it. Ohio State 48 Clemson 44 -- Patrick Murphy (12-1)
 
If you would have asked me the final score a week ago, I probably would have felt a little better about Ohio State’s chances. That was before Bradley Roby and Noah Spence were ruled out for the game, and it seems to make sense that Ohio State’s defense will struggle to keep Clemson out of the end zone in this one, but something tells me Urban Meyer will come out with a much better game plan offensively than he did against Michigan State. The Buckeyes will put points on the board, and with a little luck, they will secure a late pick to hold for a heart-stopping victory in South Beach. Ohio State 55, Clemson 52 -- Brandon Castel (12-1)

The important matchups are the OSU pass defense against the Clemson passing game and the OSU running game vs. the Clemson run defense. The losses of Roby and Spence tilt the odds in favor of Clemson. The insertion of Bell and Powell into the lineup is intriguing, and might make the difference, but until that's proven on the field it's hard to pick the Buckeyes. Clemson 41, Ohio State 35. -- John Porentas (12-1)

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