Clemson-Ohio State features elite QB matchup

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (5) and running back Carlos Hyde (AP Photo)

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (5) and running back Carlos Hyde (AP Photo)

Clemson-Ohio State is your 2014 Orange Bowl matchup.

The No. 1 Florida State Seminoles opened the at-large spot up Saturday night with a 45-7 drubbing of Duke, and a Michigan State upset of the Buckeyes sent them to south Florida.

A 24-game winning streak was snapped for Ohio State, which featured three top-25 victories in the latest polls (the Tigers have two in that span, LSU and Georgia).

Clemson takes a bid for a school-first back-to-back 11-win seasons to the Orange Bowl, as one of only seven teams in the nation with three consecutive 10-win years currently.

Tigers-Buckeyes features one of only two bowl matchups of top-25 passers in Clemson senior Tajh Boyd and Ohio State junior Braxton Miller. Boyd is seventh nationally in QB rating (167.96) and Miller 14th (157.94).

Both schools are in the top-30 in scoring and total offense and defense, but Clemson is one of only four in the top-25 in each category.

The Big Ten runner-ups best the Atlantic's No. 2 in points per game (46.3 to 40.2) and yards gained (518.5 to 502.9), but the Tigers have the edge in points (21.1 to 21.3) and yards allowed (350.4 to 362.2).

The game is set for 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, on ESPN.

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TigerNE writes:

Miller poses a threat to us that we didn't handle well recently. A very capable running QB who can find 10 yards quickly and easily. Could be trouble.

But Boyd can run pretty well, too, and has a much better arm. That is, if he doesn't go into one of his now famous panic modes if things start to go badly.

TRUTH4U2 writes:

Elite - Until I face a good defense.
Elite would be a QB that is in the top 5 QB's to be drafted this year.
Elite - Would be one who doesn't choke in a big game.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to TRUTH4U2:

Elite - Until I face a good defense.
Elite would be a QB that is in the top 5 QB's to be drafted this year.
Elite - Would be one who doesn't choke in a big game.

So, Connor Shaw and Aaron Murray, not elite? It's always funny to me when folks mix pro prospects and rating college QBs. Logan Thomas is probably going to be drafted, but that doesn't make him an elite college QB.

TRUTH4U2 writes:

in response to BrandonRink:

So, Connor Shaw and Aaron Murray, not elite? It's always funny to me when folks mix pro prospects and rating college QBs. Logan Thomas is probably going to be drafted, but that doesn't make him an elite college QB.

Ok I will bite. Lets define what would be considered an elite QB in college. My opinion it would start with....
1) Stats VS Ranked opponents
2) W-L record
3) Does he have that it factor. If you had to choose from two of the so called elite QB's to win the game would he be your choice?
I don't factor much into QB ratings as they are inflated due to the opponent.

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